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Israel's president tries to soothe rift between Israel and American Jewry

A broad coalition of Jewish organizations has admonished the Israeli government for siding with ultra-Orthodox Jews on two issues that have divided the Jewish community: whether men and women can pray together at the Western Wall and who has the power to perform conversions to Judaism.The Jewish Federations of North America passed a resolution Monday saying the government’s stances had “deep potential to divide the Jewish people” and “undermine the Zionist vision and dream … to establish Israel as a national home for the entire Jewish people.”The umbrella organization, which represents 148 Jewish federations across the U.S. and Canada, rarely criticizes the government of Israel. Its reprimand came hou ...