Israel News

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

10/05/2012

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.

09/25/2012
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

08/28/2012
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

On The Israeli Street, Toughness And Compassion

A cease-fire that leaves Hamas’ tunnel network in place is ‘too scary to contemplate,’ one resident says.

07/23/2014
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Jerusalem — As she walked her dog in the German Colony section here on Monday afternoon, where the peace and quiet — at least for the moment — gave no hint of the fighting down south, Sarah Mizrachi gave voice to what a lot of Israelis seem to be feeling as the ground war in the Gaza Strip grinds on and the Palestinian civilian and Israeli military deaths pile up.

A woman mourns over the casket of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon Tuesday in Ashkelon. Getty Images

'Die-Ins' Spread To NYC

Jewish Voice for Peace members arrested at Friends of IDF office during protest.

07/23/2014
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Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Pro-Palestinian protesters have held 'die-in' protests in several cities worldwide. Getty Images

Netanyahu Raises FAA Ban On Israel Flights With Kerry

07/23/2014
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Washington -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry the Federal Aviation Administration’s indefinite ban on U.S. flights to Israel.

Poll Shows 57 Percent Of Americans Back Israel In Gaza Conflict

07/23/2014
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Washington — A majority of Americans back Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll.

FAA Suspends Flights To Israel

El Al to maintain flight schedule; the three U.S. carriers have cancelled their non-stop runs.

07/22/2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours.

Delta Airlines has suspended its flights to Israel, following rocket fire near Ben-Gurion Airport. JTA

Two More IDF Soldiers Killed

In Gaza combat, more casualties, plus one soldier missing.

07/22/2014
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Two additional Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in Gaza, and a soldier who was believed to have been killed when an IDF armored vehicle was attacked is missing.

SodaStream Fires Palestinian Employees In Ramadan Fast Dispute

07/21/2014
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Jerusalem — The SodaStream company reportedly fired 60 Palestinian employees from its West Bank plant over a dispute on breaking the Ramadan fast.

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