Palestinian infighting is complicating efforts to win the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian terrorists in a cross-border raid from Gaza June 25, and Israeli officials are said to be considering their own raid to free him, according to Israeli analysts.
Since Hezbollah's surprise cross-border raid on Israel July 12 that started a month-long war, American Jews have been digging into their wallets with an outpouring of money to help the northern Israeli cities that came under attack.
Some $300 million has been raised by the Israel Emergency Campaign of the United Jewish Communities, the network of 159 North American Federations. But the mayor of Haifa, Yoni Yahav, surprised leaders of UJA-Federation of New York here last week when he told them his city "didn't get a penny."
When he was president of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, Avishay Braverman had a vision: Relocate thousands of Jews to the desert to relieve overcrowding in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Now, as a Labor Party Knesset member, he's got another vision, this one for a post-Hezbollah war Israel: Throw the bums out.
Saying the recent war "exposed the weakness of our leaders," Braverman recently called for reform of Israel's political system to allow the best and the brightest to enter politics.
The Anti-Defamation League is set to honor Burt Neuborne, the NYU law professor who took the lead in fighting for Holocaust survivors in their efforts to recover their Holocaust-era deposits from Swiss Banks and restitution from German companies, at its dinner next week.
But some survivors believe he doesn't deserve the honor.
"It's a shonda [scandal] for the Jewish people," said David Mermelstein, former president of the Coalition of Holocaust Survivors of Florida. "He betrayed us."
Israeli troops remained in southern Lebanon this week after their withdrawal was delayed by disagreements with United Nations commanders over how to handle armed Hezbollah terrorists and amid reports that Hezbollah was rearming and moving rockets closer to Israel's border.
Despite his occasional criticism of Israeli government policies, televangelist Pat Robertson has been unwavering in his support for Israel, a fact Israel's Tourism Ministry is capitalizing on as it rolls out its new campaign to counter a 40 percent drop in tourism following the war with Hezbollah.
Melissa Snider and her husband, Mark, of Massapequa have their Saturday nights to themselves — for a change.
And while they are enjoying an evening to themselves, their sons, Corey, 16, and Trevor, 15, have begun attending supervised social activities for autistic people ages 11 to 21 at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills.
Anger, disbelief and astonishment are among the reactions of a group of Holocaust survivors who recently screened “Forgiving Dr. Mengele,” the documentary about Eva Kor’s decision to forgive the Nazis.
“I can’t forgive and forget,” says Celia Feldman, who was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. “And I thank God I’m not a twin.”
Minutes after the cattle car brought them to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944, 10-year-old Eva Mozes and her identical twin sister, Miriam, found themselves separated from their father and two sisters.
They clung to their mother until an SS officer approached, asking if the girls were twins. When their mother nodded, they were forcibly separated from her and brought to a group of other twin girls.
The road map, the international plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace, has been dusted off and is once again the principal initiative being pursued by Israel with the Palestinians: even though much skepticism surrounds it.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the announcement last weekend after meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"I'm sticking to my position that the diplomatic process with the Palestinians should continue in accordance with the road map," he said.