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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

Israel Advances To World Baseball Classic For First Time

09/26/2016 - 14:36

(JTA) — Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter and Israel slammed three home runs in a 9-1 victory over Great Britain in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn, earning its first bid to the international tournament.

Team Israel celebrates after defeating Great Britain in the qualifying tournament championship game in Brooklyn, N.Y. JTA

Top U.S. Rabbis Not Kosher Enough For Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Two heads of the Beth Din of America have had conversions they authorized rejected in Jerusalem.

09/23/2016 - 13:46
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — For the first time since a deal was hammered out with the Rabbinical Council of America nearly a decade ago, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is no longer automatically accepting conversion certifications from any American Orthodox rabbi.

Rabbi Mordechai Willig and Rabbi Gedalia Shwartz

Palestinian, 16, Fatally Shot While Attempting To Stab Soldier

09/21/2016 - 13:55

(JTA) — A Palestinian who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near Hebron was shot and killed by a soldier during the thwarted attack, the Israeli army said.

Parsing Bibi’s ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Remarks

How all sides view the prime minister’s controversial statement regarding Israeli settlers.

09/21/2016 - 13:10

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued last week that the Palestinian leadership is supporting “ethnic cleansing” by refusing to accept Israeli settlers in its future state.

“Yet the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: No Jews. There’s a phrase for that: It’s called ethnic cleansing,” he said in a video released Sept. 9. “And this demand is outrageous. It’s even more outrageous that the world doesn’t find this outrageous.”

Israeli Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu. JTA

Serving Israel, At A Cost

Growing numbers of Arabs performing national service face ostracism in their own communities.

09/21/2016 - 13:27
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Leen Jaber is in high demand in the hematological oncological day ward at Hadassah-Ein Kerem.

Hadassah Ein Karem in West Jerusalem benefits from a a lot of non-Jewish Sherut Leumi Volunteers. Getty Images

2 Israeli Police Officers Wounded, One Seriously, In Jerusalem Stabbing

09/19/2016 - 11:20

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli police officers were wounded, one seriously, in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Early Sunday Morning Attack Equals 6th Against Israelis Over Weekend

09/18/2016 - 11:43

An Israeli soldier was stabbed and moderately injured outside the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

An IDF soldier was stabbed and moderately injured outside the West Bank settlement of Efrat, pictured above. Wikimedia Commons
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