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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

Cautious Optimism For Expanding Conversion Process In Israel

Leaders of liberal religious movements favor bill to include more rabbis in the process; Netanyahu is opposed.

10/29/2014
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Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders here are cautiously bracing for a Knesset debate on a bill in Israel designed to increase the number of conversions to Judaism.

Israel’s Attorney General Orders Explanation Of Palestinian Bus Ban

10/29/2014
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Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, has called for an explanation of a proposed order that would prevent Palestinian workers from riding Israeli buses.

Jerusalem Light Rail Now ‘Lightning Rod’

Once a symbol of coexistence, the line is new flashpoint for rising tensions.

10/29/2014
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Jerusalem — The light-rail platform outside of the 1967 war memorial to the soldiers who united this city was crawling with security Tuesday morning: paramilitary border policeman with M-16s and green berets, a burly private guard with an earpiece and a handgun, even a bomb-sniffing dog.

Border police patrol the light-rail station where two people were killed last week in a terrorist attack.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

U.S. Slams Israel’s Reported Approval Of Eastern Jerusalem Housing Plans

10/28/2014
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Jerusalem — The United States condemned the reported approval by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to plan construction of at least 1,000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods.

Second Victim Dies Of Injuries From Jerusalem Light Rail Attack

10/27/2014
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Jerusalem — A woman critically injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem last week has died of her injuries.

New Guidelines Prevent Palestinian Workers From Riding Israeli Buses

10/27/2014
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Jerusalem — New guidelines issued by Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon will prevent Palestinian workers from riding on Israeli public transportation in the West Bank.

Women Of The Wall Smuggle Torah Scroll Into Kotel Plaza

10/24/2014
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Women who defied Western Wall Plaza rules by bringing a small Torah scroll there were allowed to finish praying.

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