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Thursday, July 15, 2010 | | JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- After months of fits and starts, advocates for Ethiopian aliyah are hoping that a visit to the African country this week by Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption will help set in motion a process that will bring some 7,500 additional Ethiopians to Israel.

So far, the Israeli government has committed to checking only 1,800 of them for aliyah eligibility and bringing those who qualify to Israel.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — When Mike Diamond immigrated to Israel from South Africa a year and a half ago he didn’t expect a job to fall in his lap. But even though he was prepared for some rejection, Diamond was still shocked by the reception he received from recruiters and potential employers. 

“I spoke to a lot of people, to employment agencies,” Diamond, who held a high-level position in a pharmaceutical company back in Cape Town, said of his Israeli job search. 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week

On the boardwalk in Brighton Beach last weekend, it was “From Russia With ... Loathing.”

For members of the Russian Jewish community here, the recent tabloid-enhanced saga of the 10 alleged Russian spies arrested here in late June and flown to Moscow last week in a swap for four Russians charged with spying for the U.S., exposed a raw nerve. 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Associate Editor

 When Interland Corporation Founder Jim Joseph died in 2003, at the age of 68, few people outside San Francisco and the real estate field had heard of him.

Today, less than a decade later, the words “Jim Joseph” are among the most frequently uttered syllables in the American Jewish education world, at least among those responsible for fundraising.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Associate Editor

 A Holocaust refugee, Jim Joseph emigrated with his parents from Austria as a small child in 1938. He grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and after graduating from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he entered the real estate business, buying commercial property on the West Coast, including in what would become Silicon Valley. 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week

 Note: In the third installment of “Aliyah Journal,” we report on three New Yorkers — one married couple and one single woman — who are leaving successful careers to start over in Israel.

 She worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. He was a New York City cop.

Their lives couldn’t be more “New York” — until the Serkins decided to fulfill their dream of making aliyah.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Washington Correspondent

 J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby, already had a lot on the line in Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate race, where it has bet heavily on Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Sestak.

But the ante was raised this week with the creation of a new group including Republican heavy hitters William Kristol and Gary Bauer that launched with hard-hitting television ads accusing Sestak of being hostile to Israel.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Israel Correspondent

 Tel Aviv — Barack Obama’s newfound rapport with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and the U.S. president’s effort to speak directly with Israelis through a television interview — have succeeded in easing concerns about an escalating crisis between the two allies.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | | Associate Editor

 New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has been writing quite a bit from Israel and the West Bank in recent weeks. We learn that Israel and her policies are “obtuse,” “self-defeating,” the government “lashes out with force,” is “hard-line,” has “shot itself in the foot,” and is “antagonizing its support base in the United States” (June 2), aside from being “unjust” and “malignant” (June 30).

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 |

 J Street called for an investigation into American charities — including one based in the Five Towns — that fund Israeli settlement activity.

J Street, the self-proclaimed political home for “pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” launched a campaign Monday calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to look into whether organizations named in a July 6 New York Times report have broken the law. 

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