Blood On The Tracks

The latest dustup in religious-secular culture war involved Sabbath work on the railroad.

09/09/2016 - 13:21
Contributing Editor

The start-of-weekend greeting Shabbat Shalom can sound sarcastic in Israel these days. For the Sabbath has become characterized by anything but “shalom,” peace: it has become a warzone in time.

Charedi parties railing against Sabbath work: An Israel Railways train. Wikimedia Commons

Road Rave

Don’t believe the hype about Israeli drivers; traveling by car can be a pleasure.
Assistant Managing Editor
05/13/2013 - 20:00

If you asked friends to complete the sentence “Driving in Israel is …,” chances are a few would come up with “taking your life in your hands.”

Palm trees line the road alongside the Ayalon highway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photo by Adam Dickter

Our Duty, In The Diaspora

Once again, Israel is being attacked. But this time around, after having been to Israel, I know what kind of danger they are in.

It is striking. If Israel was proportionate in size to all the attention it gets from the U.N. and the world press, Israel would be at least as big as Russia. But alas, it is smaller than England, and its borders much less defensible. And there's no Israeli Channel to buffer surrounding hostile governments. There is no way around it: Israel is a mighty small chunk of land.

From the Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, the author could glimpse Lebanon, home of Hezbollah. Getty Images

A Jaunt Up Israel’s Mid-North Coast

Ancient ports, breathtaking gardens and award-winning wineries await in Caesarea, Haifa and beyond.
Israel Correspondent
11/05/2012 - 19:00

In Israel, finding an affordable summer rental near the beach is about as easy as finding a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan.

Launching my search right after Passover — and cognizant of the fact that a traditional hotel would insist we book two rooms for our family of four — I headed directly to the popular, less-expensive suite hotels that cater to families, but they were already booked by Israeli and European tourists. 

The Port in Caesarea offers Roman ruins, good restaurants and a gorgeous beach. Photos by Michele Chabin

Social Protests Return In Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

05/12/2012 - 20:00

Social protest rallies were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and three other Israeli cities.

The Saturday night rallies, held also in Haifa, Kiryat Shemona and Pardes Hana, were called the beginning of nationwide social justice protests such as those that took place across Israel last summer.

Several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv, with demonstrators marching from poorer southern neighborhoods to Rabin Square. At least nine demonstrators were arrested.

Hundreds marched in Jerusalem toward the Prime Minister's Residence.

Technion Gets $30 Million Commitment From Taub Foundation

10/11/2011 - 20:00


The American Technion Society has received a $30 million commitment from the estate of Henry Taub and The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.

The gift, awarded Tuesday, will go to making improvements at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

From the fund, $25 million will go to the Leaders in Science and Technology faculty recruitment program. The other $5 million is scheduled to go to the university’s faculty of computer science.

Palestinians Search For A ‘New Star’

Arab spin on ‘American Idol’ gives performers a chance to show ‘we are not all Hamas.’
05/03/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Kfar al-Khadar, West Bank — It’s 20 minutes before show time and the young hopefuls sit together in clusters around cloth-covered tables. Some of the contestants are silent, internalizing their mood before the cameras start to roll, while others laugh and joke aloud to get their tensions out. With their hair and makeup already perfected and their carefully chosen outfits clean and pressed, there is little else to do except focus on the oversized television screen broadcasting the scene from the stage three floors below.

"New Star" contestant Hadil Rishmawi.

Disney Plans Park In Israel

01/03/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) — Haifa is poised to be the next home to a Disney amusement park.
A 20-acre, $168 million entertainment complex including a 25-screen multiplex and a Disney amusement park is set to be built near the Carmel Tunnel.
The Walt Disney Company's investment arm Shamrock Holdings and the Israeli New Lineo cinema chain announced the plans Tuesday.
The new complex is estimated to open in 2013.

Scientific Research and National Planning: A Lesson from the Carmel Fire

12/14/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Times of crisis are inevitably accompanied by controversy. The very public finger-pointing that is underway in Israel regarding the recent devastating fire in the Carmel is to be expected. The arguments between Israel’s national and regional authorities, as well as central agencies in the non-profit sector, create a lot of media noise but they also must be seen as part of an invaluable process of introspection, which, it can be hoped, will lead to improvements and changes in fire and crisis readiness.

Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

After Israel’s Deadly Fire, Mourning, Vows to Rebuild and Finger Pointing

12/05/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong -- and who is to blame.

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