Beit Shemesh

Video Of West Bank Shooting Roiling Israel

Arrest of soldier who shot incapacitated terror suspect sparks protests, petitions and political split.

03/29/2016 - 18:38
Contributing Editor

Beit Shemesh, Israel — “Better a dead terrorist than a soldier dead!” shouted Amalia Bochbot through a megaphone at a demonstration at the entrance of this Israeli city.

A solidarity rally in Beit Shemesh on behalf of the Israeli soldier at the center of the controversial shooting. joshua Mitnick

Undercover Haredi Orthodox Agent Helps Nab 45 On Drug Charges

12/17/2015 - 11:31

Jerusalem — At least 45 people suspected of drug trafficking were arrested in two haredi Orthodox areas thanks to the work of an under cover haredi agent.


Hundreds Gather At Israel Memorial Service For Ezra Schwartz

Schwartz had been creating garden to honor other yeshiva students killed last year in same area.

11/21/2015 - 19:00

Hundreds of people gathered at Ben Gurion Airport to pay tribute to Ezra Schwartz, the American student killed last week in a terror attack.

Ezra Schwartz' friends from home mourn him in Israel. JTA

Beit Shemesh Removes Partition Between Secular, Haredi Students

09/04/2014 - 20:00

The Israeli city of Beit Shemesh ordered the removal of a wall that had been set up inside a local elementary school to separate secular and Orthodox students.

Breaching The Wall Of Silence On Domestic Abuse

In Israel’s haredi community, leading rabbis are now working with experts to dismantle a culture of secrecy.
10/15/2013 - 20:00

Beit Shemesh, Israel — It was only when her sons came at her with knives that she realized keeping quiet was not going to work.

Bat Melech founder Noach Korman at the Bat Melech shelter in Beit Shemesh. Ben Sales

Beit Shemesh Flash Mob

Here's a look back at how women in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh reacted to acts of sexism by ultra-Orthodox men earlier this year.

Spitting In The Face Of Extremism

How an unlikely pair of religious-secular activists stopped the zealots in Beit Shemesh.
Israel Correspondent
05/28/2012 - 20:00

Beit Shemesh, Israel — Little Naama Margolese brought them together.

On the surface they were an unlikely pair: Dov Lipman, an American-born “modern haredi” rabbi-educator who lives in Beit Shemesh, and Mickey Gitzin, the secular Israeli-born head of Yisrael Hofshit (Free Israel), an organization that works toward pluralism and against religious coercion.

Rabbi Dov Lipman spearheaded a rally against religious extremism in Beit Shemesh. Michael Lipkin

Becoming Builders Of Jerusalem: The Model Just Society

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

This week I was honored to deliver the Cape Town, South Africa, community-wide keynote address for Yom Yerushalayim. Hundreds gathered together in a powerful celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem 45 years ago (28th of Iyar 1967). I was reminded of the power of Jerusalem to unite the Jewish people.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.
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