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

10/04/2012 - 20:00

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.
09/24/2012 - 20:00
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

08/27/2012 - 20:00
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

After Apology Over Rape Comments, Eyal Karim Sworn In As IDF Chief Rabbi

Karim’s appointment as the chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces follows a Supreme Court review of his suitability last month.

12/02/2016 - 10:21

Eyal Karim, the rabbi whose appointment as the chief chaplain of the Israeli army was suspended over his remarks seeming to justify rape during wartime, was sworn in to the position.

Fires Not Charring Coexistence

Amid the rubble and talk of terrorism, Haifa sets sights on rebuilding as cause still unknown.

11/30/2016 - 08:39
Contributing Editor

Haifa — By the time the brush fires in this mixed Arab-Jewish city were extinguished this week, Shazar Street in the upscale Givat Oranim neighborhood had the appearance of a war zone.

Smoke billows from a house as fire rages in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa last week.

Israel Air Force Kills Four Islamic State Affiliates After Border Clash

11/28/2016 - 13:40

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force struck an Islamic State-affiliated group in Syria, killing four of its members, hours after the group fired on Israeli soldiers across the border.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that its soldiers were conducting an operation in the Golan Heights in which they passed the security fence with Syria while remaining in Israeli territory. They then came under attack with machine gun fire. The soldiers returned fire.

No injuries to Israeli soldiers were reported.

Israeli soldiers patrolling the Syrian border after a shooting incident there by members of the Islamic State group. JTA

With The Wildfires Tamed, Israelis Seek Answers

11/28/2016 - 13:32

JERUSALEM (JTA) – As the wildfires that raged across this country for nearly a week were subdued Sunday, Israelis surveyed the devastation in search of answers.

An Israeli firefighter trekking through a forest burned by a massive forest in Haifa, Israel, Nov. 25, 2016. JTA

Top US Firefighters 'Dropped Everything' To Help Israel Battle The Blazes

11/28/2016 - 12:01

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade.
Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold – leaving behind jobs and families – to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish.

American and Israeli firefighters posing for photographs after returning from a call in Jerusalem, Nov. 27, 2016. JTA

As Fires In Israel Destroy Homes, Force Evacuations, Netanyahu Calls Arson "Terror In Every Way"

11/25/2016 - 09:55

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that fires burning throughout Israel that are the result of arson are “terror in every way.”

Fire fighters battle blazes that broke out in the forest near the Nataf nature reserve, outside Jerusalem. JTA

As Right Crows, Others Say Wait And See

Israeli partisans and analysts digest a Trump victory and what it means for settlements and the peace process.

11/15/2016 - 13:34
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The surprise election victory of Donald Trump might have shocked the world, but among politicians and settlement advocates on the Israeli right, it spurred hope for a paradigm shift on Israeli-Palestinian relations and the peace process.

“The era of the Palestinian state is over,” says Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett. GETTY IMAGES
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