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Jewish Agency To Probe MASA Screening After Eilat Shooting By New Yorker


The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

The Jerusalem Post identified the shooter as William Hershkoviz, 23, of Poughkeepsie, NY. The victim was Armando Abed, a 33-year-old sous-chef from Mi'ilya in the Western Galilee.

Hershkovitz reportedly was fired from his job at the Leonardo Club Hotel after arriving there in late August on a program arranged by the Jewish Agency's MASA program.

New Year, New Flag

Conservative/Masorti movement puts a pluralistic spin on the Simchat Torah flag.

Staff Writer

When Rabbi Tzvi Graetz was a little boy in the Israel of the 1970s, he would visit the shuk, or market, with his father every High Holiday season to buy flags to wave during Simchat Torah, which celebrates the end of one year of Torah readings and the beginning of a new one.

The Masorti Movement's updated Simchat Torah flag shows women dancing with the scrolls. Photo courtesy Masorti Olami

A Cook’s Entrée Into Israeli Life

Special To The Jewish Week

Who would have thought a chef and cookbook author would ever find herself without even one frying pan in her possession?

That’s exactly what Jamie Geller, author of the “Quick and Kosher” cookbook series and editor of the Joy of Kosher magazine and website, has had to deal with for the past two weeks, since she made aliyah from Monsey, N.Y., to Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and five children.

Kosher gourmet Jamie Geller, arriving with her family in Israel, has her eye on the Israeli food scene. Sasson Tiram

Western Wall Barriers Locked To Prevent Women From Getting Torah Scroll


Jerusalem — A male supporter of Women of the Wall was arrested after trying to pass a Torah scroll to the women’s section of the Western Wall during prayers for the new Jewish month.

Israeli Woman Gives Birth At Age 65


A 65-year-old haredi Orthodox woman became the oldest woman ever to birth a child in Israel and one of the oldest in the world.

Palestinian Injures Four Israelis In West Bank Car-Ramming Attack


A Palestinian from Hebron confessed to intentionally ramming his car into a group of people at a West Bank bus stop on Thursday, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said.

Israeli security inspect the vehicle of a Palestinian attacker who drove over Israelis near Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, on May 14.

Too Narrow To Move?

Netanyahu’s tissue-thin coalition already coming under pressure from a number of quarters.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — On the evening of his sweeping come-from-behind election victory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move swiftly to form a new government, saying that Israel could spare no time to meet political challenges at home and abroad.

Political watchers are questioning the long-term stability of Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.  Getty Images

A Guide To Charedi Strife In Israel

Fault lines and fissures in the wake of the recent elections.

Special To The Jewish Week

Most American Jews make no distinction between one black-hatted charedi — those sectarian Jews mischaracterized in the press as “ultra-Orthodox” — and the next. To many, if not most, American Jews, charedim are obscurantist literalists, whose Judaism is an accretion of unthinking, primitive practices. In fact, the charedi world in Israel (and in America, for that matter) is hardly monolithic, and is far more variegated than an undifferentiated sea of black. There is the core of “Litvish” yeshivot, successors to the Eastern European tradition of rationalist Talmud and Rabbinic text study. (Contemporary parlance:  “yeshivish.”) There are numerous flavors of chasidim. There is Satmar and groups allied with Satmar. They look chasidic, but they are not. And there is, of course, Chabad-Lubavitch, who are not chasidim. They are Chabad.

A street scene in Rehovot. Wikimedia Commons

Proposal To Add Gov’t Ministers Narrowly Advances In Israel’s Knesset


Jerusalem — A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

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