Iranian Hung For Spying For Israel

12/27/2010 - 19:00

(TJA) — Ali-Akbar Siadat was hanged at a prison in Tehran on Tuesday morning after being convicted of spying for Israel, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.

End of the Decade: Finding Hope and Optimism

12/27/2010 - 19:00

A As we close out this decade, there is a pervasive underlying pessimistic mood about our nation’s long-term prospects.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Whiter Teeth? Kosher Groceries? Let's Make a Deal

12/27/2010 - 19:00

Can I interest you in a good deal? The likelihood of you saying yes — and getting all your Jewish friends and family members in on it as well — is the driving force behind two new coupon sites geared toward the Jewish consumer.

Looking for a deal on planting a tree in Israel? Check out two new coupon websites.

Madonna’s Tzedakah

12/27/2010 - 19:00

She may be the “material girl,” but Madonna is spreading her wealth among those focused on the metaphysical.

In 2009, her Ray of Light Foundation, based in Los Angeles, gave out $2.9 million in grants, a majority of which was earmarked to charitable causes headed by those with connections to the kabbalah movement. Madonna, who adopted the name Esther, is a devotee of what some call “New Age Kabbalah.”

The "Open Your Heart" singer opened her wallet - and gave out over $2.9 million in grants last year.

More Than 19,000 Immigrants to Israel in 2010

12/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than 19,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2010, a 16 percent rise over last year.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption announced the increase in aliyah, the second year in a row following 10 years of declining numbers, in a statement released Tuesday.

Some 16,465 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2009 and 15,452 in 2008.

Ambassadors Of Identity

HAFTR helps young Israeli women carry out their U.S. mission: build connections to the Jewish state.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The second graders at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR) were divided into two groups to build a house out of Lego blocks. Half of the students had one hand tied behind their backs, while the other half had the free use of both hands.

Bat Ami ambassadors from Israel run programs, teach students and bring Israeli culture to HAFTR for a whole year.

Construction Without Consensus

Post-moratorium, building resumes on West Bank communities not considered vital for Israel’s borders.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

KRYAT ARBA, The West Bank – The trip from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station to Kiryat Arba, a settlement next to Hebron, in the southern West Bank, takes just under an hour, including a couple of detours to other outlying settlements, via a public bus with bullet-proof windows.

Tzvi Katsover, the former mayor of Kiryat Arba.

British Terror Group Also Targeted Rabbis

12/27/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A terror group arrested in Britain was said to be targeting two British rabbis and their synagogues, in addition to popular tourist attractions, the U.S. embassy and London's mayor.

The nine suspects who were arrested last week by British police were indicted Monday. They will be jailed until a court appearance in January, according to police. They were charged with intending to plant explosive devices devised from instructions taken from the Internet.

After U.N. Votes for Durban III, Battle Lines Are Drawn

12/27/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) – When the original U.N. anti-racism conference, held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, devolved into an anti-Israel hate fest, Jewish groups around the world were caught unawares.

So when the Durban Review Conference was called for Geneva in 2009, Jewish activists started their fight early, convincing numerous countries to boycott the conference, dubbed Durban II, effectively blocking it from becoming a repeat of Durban I.

Gabe Carimi: U of Wisc. Star in Shul and On the Football Field

12/27/2010 - 19:00

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) -- Gabe Carimi already knows that Yom Kippur won't fall on a Sunday for at least the next 20 years.

The star left tackle at the University of Wisconsin looked up the dates in anticipation of being a potential first-round pick in this spring’s NFL draft. But first, Carimi will end his college career by leading the Badgers against the Texas Christian University’s Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl.

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