1,000 Gather For Max Steinberg Memorial Service

08/13/2014 - 20:00

Fallen Israeli soldier Max Steinberg found “inner peace” in his army service, his mother told a crowd of 1,000 at a memorial service in his native Southern California.

The Lone Women Of The IDF

Of the 108 lone soldiers who made aliyah this week, half are women; criticism of IDF on their minds.

08/11/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Alissa Neubauer, wearing a white tank top, leggings and a thin silver nose-ring, stood in the sprawling baggage check-in line at JFK with her mother and grandmother. While her mother manned the luggage cart piled high with duffels, her grandmother held tightly onto her granddaughter’s arm while crying softly into a tissue.

Soldiers With Autism Bring Special Skills To The IDF

For the past few weeks, most of us have been glued to the news and social media to keep ourselves updated on the war in Israel. Some of us have friends and family in Israel, while others are torn by watching young soldiers go off to war. 

As I explored the web looking for information about the war, I came across a press release by the IDF that discusses Special Intelligence Unit 9900. This small unit includes soldiers with autism “who have remarkable visual and analytic capabilities. They can detect even the smallest details, undetectable to most people”.

Dr. Frances Victory

Why You’re Over There And Not Back Home

An open letter to the lone soldiers of the IDF.

08/04/2014 - 20:00

Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers),

Until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

Joel Chasnoff

Cease-Fire Marred By Rocket Fire

Israel observing seven-hour quiet period, excluding area that is focus of search for Hamas tunnels.

08/02/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israel is observing a seven-hour unilateral humanitarian cease-fire.

Palestinians inspect what is left of their homes and businesses following an Israeli military offensive. Getty Images

Is This The World's Dumbest Question?

Jose Diaz-Balart this morning on his daily MSNBC show came up with one of the dumbest questions ever asked on cable television. 

Interviewing one of his network's reporters in Gaza about the breakdown of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the capture of an IDF soldier and the ongoing artillery and rocket exchanges playing out in the background, Diaz-Balart wanted to know, "How do you describe the ambiance there?"

Showing Some Skin For The Troops

07/30/2014 - 20:00

Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.


Lone Soldiers Are Far From Alone

Diaspora army volunteers have a home away from home at Lone Soldier Center.

07/29/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

In the end, Israel’s lone soldiers who fell in battle in recent days were not alone. Far from it.

The funerals for Max Steinberg, 23, of Los Angeles, Nissim Sean Carmelli, 21, of South Padre Island, Texas, and Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, of Lyon, France, were attended by huge throngs of Israelis — more than 30,000 for Steinberg and 20,000 for Carmelli. In the midst of rocket attacks from Gaza, ordinary citizens came out to the cemeteries to show solidarity with and appreciation for the 6,000 young diaspora Jews who are voluntarily serving in the Israel Defense Forces without parents in Israel.

Gary Rosenblatt

Former Face Of IDF: ‘What Is Israel’s Goal?

Avital Leibovich can hear rockets in her house, and gives her kids a briefing every morning.

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Avital Leibovich became director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jerusalem office after leaving the Israel Defense Forces in April following a nearly 23-year career. Leibovich served in a wide range of senior media and public relations positions within the IDF, including as the face of the IDF for the international community during two prior wars with Hamas in 2008 and 2012. She spoke to The Jewish Week Tuesday morning about the latest Gaza conflict.

Avital Leibovich: “The age of traditional war is mostly gone.”

Israel Launches Operation To Stop Gaza-Based Rocket Fire

07/07/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government launched an operation aimed at ending rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

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