The Harvard Divestment Scare

08/16/2010 - 20:00

At first it appeared that a pro-Palestinian group had succeeded in convincing another American university to end investments in Israel. And it wasn’t just any university. It was Harvard, no less.

The Israeli business publication Globes reported Friday that Harvard had notified the Security and Exchange Commission that it had sold its nearly $38.7 million investment in five Israeli companies and that it offered no explanation for the move.

Harvard University officials were quick to dismiss claims they divested from Israel, claiming a simple portfolio rebalance.

For Orthodox Lesbians, A Home Online

Israeli group Bat Kol to launch English website as ‘life-net’ for those struggling with acceptance.
08/16/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer


Like so many newly religious American immigrants to Israel, 20-year-old Sarah Weil immersed herself in Torah studies and the intricacies of Jewish law, learning intently with the strictest chasidic rebbetzins in various Jerusalem seminaries.

 “I desperately wanted to keep Torah and mitzvot and be in the Orthodox world,” said Weil, who made aliyah in 2005.

Talya Lev, left, and Sarah Weil.

Harvard says it’s not divesting from Israel

08/16/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.

Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.

Israeli army slams ex-soldier for Facebook photos

08/16/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) - A former Israeli soldier is being criticized for posting Facebook photos of herself with Palestinian prisoners.

Eden Aberjil put the pictures in an online album on her Facebook page called “The army: the best days of my life,” according to a BBC report.

In one photo widely circulating on the Internet, Aberjil is smiling in the foreground while three blindfolded Palestinian prisoners sit behind her.

Shots fired from Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

08/16/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) - Shots reportedly were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv. Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.

The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.

Mets Claim Foul on Reports of Shabbat Ruling

08/15/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Reports saying that a judge ruled that the New York Mets' ballpark must allow a kosher-food vendor to sell its products on the Jewish Sabbath "mischaracterize the court's verbal ruling," the team said.

According to a report in The New York Daily News, as well as the New York Post, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled that Kosher Sports Inc. should be allowed to sell its products on Friday nights and Saturdays at Citi Field in Queens.

El Al, JetBlue Ink Deal

08/12/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- El Al and JetBlue will now offer connecting options for customers traveling between the United States and Israel.

HIAS to Congress: Extend Refugee Benefits

08/12/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society urged Congress not to cut off funding for Supplemental Security Income, which helps elderly and disabled refugees and other immigrants pay for food and shelter.

SSI funding will run out Sept. 30. HIAS urged Congress to extend funding because many refugees who are Jewish and from the former Soviet Union and Iran rely on the money for food and other necessities.

Chasidic Man Shot in Brooklyn

08/11/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Hispanic gunmen allegedly shot a Chasidic man in the stomach in Brooklyn.

Burech Halberstam, 25, a Satmar, lay on a residential street bleeding after two men reportedly got out of a white car and shot him after midnight Tuesday morning in the heavily Satmar Williamsburg section of the New York borough. Halberstam was talking on his cell phone when he was attacked.

One witness told the New York Post that the attackers laughed after shooting Halberstam, whose father is a rabbi at a Williamsburg synagogue.

Feds Arrest Lakewood Man Accused Of Bilking Orthodox Investors

08/11/2010 - 20:00

A Lakewood, N.J., man accused in lawsuits of bilking Orthodox investors in New York, Florida London and elsewhere out of nearly $300 million through phony real estate deals was arrested Thursday morning by federal agents.

Eliyahu Weinstein, who was accused of running a Ponzi scheme, and some of his associates had been hit days earlier with a $34 million civil judgment by a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

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