Israel

Career Paths Take A Detour To Israel

Three young New Yorkers with solid jobs make the leap to Jewish state.

07/14/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Note: In the third installment of “Aliyah Journal,” we report on three New Yorkers — one married couple and one single woman — who are leaving successful careers to start over in Israel.

 She worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. He was a New York City cop.

Their lives couldn’t be more “New York” — until the Serkins decided to fulfill their dream of making aliyah.

 Tracey Goldstein,  shut down her own event planning company to move to Israel.

Fresh Anger From Diaspora Over Bill On Conversions

Politics trumps unity as leaders here, Sharansky express sense of betrayal.

07/14/2010
Editor And Publisher

 It’s hard not to be cynical about the latest conversion controversy in Jerusalem that threatens to further divide an already fragmented Jewish People for no reason but one: internal Israeli politics.

Gary Rosenblatt

In Israel, Older Olim Face Ageism Hurdles

Workplace bias is fact of life for over-40 immigrants in youth-dominated marketplace.

07/14/2010
Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — When Mike Diamond immigrated to Israel from South Africa a year and a half ago he didn’t expect a job to fall in his lap. But even though he was prepared for some rejection, Diamond was still shocked by the reception he received from recruiters and potential employers. 

“I spoke to a lot of people, to employment agencies,” Diamond, who held a high-level position in a pharmaceutical company back in Cape Town, said of his Israeli job search. 

Ex-New Yorker Devora Renert hopes the year she spent learning Hebrew will pay off with a job. Michele Chabin

Score One For Jewish Community Relations

07/13/2010
Editorial

We’ve had harsh words on these pages for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its incessant criticism of Israel, and there are many elements of the Middle East resolution that delegates to the Church’s General Assembly in Minneapolis passed last Friday that we find objectionable.

That said, church leaders listened to the reasoned objections of a number of Jewish groups and, ultimately, approved a far less counterproductive resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the one drafted by a biased, angry Middle East study committee.

Israel: Overhaul The Conversion Process

07/13/2010
Editorial

The leadership of organized Jewry, from the Jewish Federations of North America to the Jewish Agency for Israel, is expressing frustration, anger and a sense of betrayal — understandably — with the Netanyahu government for allowing a controversial conversion bill to go forward in the Knesset, even though it would alienate the vast majority of diaspora Jewry.

Elana Shohamy on the Arabic and Hebrew Languages: Part 1

Hebrew swallows Arabic and Russian in Israel! Linguist Elana Shohamy of Tel Aviv University talks about the Israeli government's 'benign neglect' of Arabic and the fate of Yiddish, Russian and other 'language victims.' (In two parts)

Meg Ryan, the "cultural intifada" and stupid PR tricks

First the term was used by Palestinians, referring to artsy events meant as protests against Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank; now Israelis and their supporters here are using “cultural intifada” to describe the accelerating trend of pop music and Hollywood stars who've decided to boycott Israel.

Cool; I'm sure Israel's brilliant PR mavens are patting themselves on the back for co-opting the phrase .

‘Cultural Intifada’ as Costello, Meg Ryan and Others Cancel Israel Plans

07/12/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Actress Meg Ryan's decision to cancel her appearance at this week’s Jerusalem Film Festival didn’t garner the same attention in Israel as British rocker Elvis Costello when he nixed his Israel concert this spring.

Both, however, were a reminder to Israelis that in the eyes of much of the world, Israel’s politics and culture are inseparable.

One Haircut Away from Love: A Single Gal Gets a Do-Over

If there is a word for falling in love with your therapist, what’s the word for falling for your hair stylist?

Because that was exactly what went down today at a salon stuck smack dab in the middle of a very kitschy, very loud, very Israeli mall in Jerusalem.

And by “loud” I mean it’s the chofesh hagadol, as they say here, which is another way of saying, the kids have been let out of school and if you thought it was loud before, you ain't heard nothing yet.

Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Reform Bill

07/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a new draft of a conversion reform bill, angering non-Orthodox Jewish movements.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the bill in a 5-4 vote, clearing its path to the Knesset floor. The bill must pass three readings and votes before it can be approved. Likud Party committee members were absent from the vote.

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