Although by many measures the Israeli economy is humming along, it is still saddled with about $100 billion in long-term debt. This week, the government sought to take a bite out of it, The Jewish Week has learned.
It has mailed letters to 144,000 owners of Israel Bonds offering to redeem specific bonds early. It has also suspended the sale of bonds that mature in more than five years and sharply limited the sale of bonds that defer interest until maturity.
The first pro baseball player in the United States was a Jew: New York City native Lipman Emanuel Pike, who played the outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866.
Another top Jewish sports star of the 1800s was one of the first great college All-Americans — Phil King, who played halfback and quarterback at Princeton in the 1890s.
President George W. Bush may be in for a rude awakening when he arrives in Israel on Wednesday.
“If President Bush is coming here expecting to talk about [the] Annapolis [summit conference], the Iran report killed it,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.
In the face of criticism that contradictory rulings on gay ordination have left the Conservative movement ideologically adrift, a new approach suggested by a young Chicago rabbi edges toward a new middle ground in an attempt to anchor the movement.
Trying to bridge the traditional view that the Torah is infallible with the liberal one that stresses critical analysis of sacred texts, Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove argues that there is sufficient common ground to meld the two positions into a theologically coherent message, one seen as crucial for the continuation of the movement.
Holocaust survivors and their heirs whose claims were denied by the Italian insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali or by the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims are being advised to opt out of the proposed settlement with Generali.
A Chanukah menorah still stood on the kitchen table in the Sderot home of Aliza Amar on Wednesday, one week after a Palestinian Kassam rocket struck her house and punctured her legs with shrapnel.
“The house was blown apart,” said Mark Schiff, 53, a Los Angeles comedian who was touring the war-ravaged city as part of the Crossroads Comedy Tour that raises money for teens at risk.
The first group of Conservative rabbis in the New York area to provide kosher supervision for an area restaurant has been formed in Suffolk County after the eatery’s owner said the Orthodox supervision he had was so costly he couldn’t make a profit.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks got under way in Jerusalem for the first time in seven years Wednesday even as Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip tried to derail it by firing more than 20 rockets into Israel.
Five people were lightly injured — including a girl in Sderot who was hit by shrapnel — and it prompted the city’s mayor to say he was resigning, unable to cope with the "desperate" situation there.
Two Israeli educators arrived here this week to encourage young Jews to take an interest in Israel as it marks its 60th birthday. Their arrival coincides with the release of a survey that underscores the fact that younger Jews have less of an emotional tie to Israel.
Israel has long beckoned for a group of 20 primarily New York-area college students, all of whom have visited Israel often and experienced the powerful pull of the Jewish state. But the thought of making aliyah on their own seemed daunting.
“It’s very hard to move across the world and to leave your family and friends behind,” said Esti Schloss of Riverdale, a 22-year-old junior at Brandeis University.