Mea Shearim

Secular Lens, Religious Vision

Italian photographer’s view of religious women upended by project.

05/01/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

A woman from Sderot carries her 6-month-old baby while she picks grapes on a kibbutzPhotos by Federica Valabrega

A member of the Breslov sect dances at sunset near her home in Beit Meir, Israel.

Editor's Note: For staff writer Steve Lipman's story about the Gil Cohen-Magen's photography of Mea Shearim and other haredi communities, click here.

Italian photographer Federica Valabrega always believed religious women were oppressed and unhappy.

Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank

04/30/2013

Shots were fired at the car of several Israeli hikers in the West Bank Thursday night.

The hikers were near the settlement of Mitzpe Yericho in the Binyamin region next to the Palestinian city of Jericho when the attack occurred. They reportedly ran to their car when they noticed a suspicious man approaching them. Shots were fired at the car as they drove away, according to reports.

The Israeli army was searching for the attacker, which the IDF Spokespersons office said in a tweet was a Palestinian. It is believed to have been a terrorist attack, according to reports. A European tourist was among the hikers.

The attack came around the same time as a mortar was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injury.  It is the third explosive fired from Gaza at Israel this week

On Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction.

Do You Know Whose Funeral Drew 250,000 People This Week?

If further evidence is needed that the divide between the Orthodox and the rest of the Jewish community is widening, consider that 250,000 Israelis attended the funeral yesterday of a revered 102-year-old Torah sage in Jerusalem who is virtually unknown to American Jews outside the Orthodox world.

Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

School Leaders Arrested for Cheating Israeli Government

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The leaders of six educational institutions accused of using fake identification cards to cheat the government of millions of shekels have been arrested.

In raids on nonprofit organizations' offices associated with the haredi Orthodox institutions, Israeli police reportedly confiscated counterfeit ID cards along with a printer, rubber stamp and laminating machine.

The schools are located in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Ramat Beit Shemesh and Betar Ilit in the West Bank.

Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

09/29/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters marched in Mea Shearim, a day after Israel's Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street.

The demonstrators marched Wednesday in the fervently religious neighborhood of Jerusalem to protest gender separation on public streets of the city.

The court on Tuesday approved the march over Jerusalem police objections, but ordered the route altered so that the march did not end at the central Shabbat Square.

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