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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

Record-Breaking Heat Wave Hits Israel

05/28/2015

 A record-breaking heat wave in Israel has sparked forest fires, caused flight delays and prompted a sharp increase in reported cases of dehydration and fainting.

Dore Gold: Abbas ‘Could Negotiate With Israel’

New Foreign Ministry appointee, in one of his first interviews, counters prevailing wisdom on PA president.

05/28/2015
Staff Writer

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could negotiate a peace treaty with Israel if he wanted to, according to Dore Gold, who was appointed Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Dore Gold. Wikimedia Commons

Will Israel End Child Subsidies For Anti-Vaxxers?

05/27/2015

Tel Aviv — Each month, the Israeli government sends a check to every Israeli family with at least one child. The more children you have, the more money you get.

Report: Hamas Killed Rival Palestinians Under Cover Of Conflict With Israel

05/27/2015

Jerusalem — Hamas used the cover of last summer’s conflict with Israel to torture and kill Palestinians from rival factions, according to a new report.

Swiss Court Orders Israel To Pay Iran $1.1 Billion

05/26/2015

A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay $1.1 billion to Iran over a shah-era oil debt.

Olmert Sentenced To Prison In Talansky Case

05/26/2015

Jerusalem — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for accepting cash-filled envelopes from an American-Jewish businessman.

Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, at an earlier court hearing in Jerusalem in 2012. Getty Images

Riskin at Risk?

Chief Rabbi of Efrat says he would defy the Chief Rabbinate if they attempt to dismiss him.

05/26/2015

Though the Israeli Chief Rabbinate might want him out, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, isn't going without a fight.

Rabbi Riskin says he would defy the Israeli Chief Rabbinate if they attempted to dismiss him. JTA
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