Beit Shemesh

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.


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


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.

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

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

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.

Tween Fashion: A Modest Proposal

Special To The Jewish Week

My son Joel, age 7, and my daughter Talia, almost 10, lean on my shoulders, staring at the computer screen in disbelief. Here was something that didn’t fit their notion of the world. Grown men spitting? At a child? Because her long skirts weren’t long enough? A sincere and sweet boy, Joel wondered if these men, these ultra-Orthodox lunatics of Beit Shemesh, in Israel, had ever read the Torah.

That was last month.

Elicia Brown

Lessons From Beit Shemesh: Some Slow Progress

But ceding religion-state issues to ultra-Orthodox parties has been a disaster.
Special To The Jewish Week

In recent weeks my head has been full of the angry voices of my friends and partners in the United States — leaders of the American Jewish community, allies and comrades-in-arms in the great task of strengthening the bonds between Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. They are angry about the same things I am angry about.

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