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


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.

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

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

In Rare Consensus, Israelis Wary Of Iran Deal

Emboldened Tehran would be more aggressive in the region.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — It’s rare to hear a consensus in Israel on a foreign policy debate, but on the question of a new nuclear deal with Iran, most politicians and analysts seem to be of a similar opinion: The deal is likely to turn out to be quite problematic from Israel’s perspective.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, and other negotiators during a recent Iran talks session in Switzerland.

‘The Taste Of Freedom’

As a Soviet refusenik, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein never missed a Passover with matzah, even in the gulag.

Staff Writer

They weighed about a pound, came in a plain paper box that had stored sugar, looked like dried cookies and weren’t worth very much.

But to Yuli Edelstein they were priceless.

He would have kosher-for-Passover matzahs for Passover in the Siberian gulag that year, and in the next two years. Each year would be a new adventure, a new “miracle … always a happy ending,” he said.

After his release from the Russian gulag in 1987, Yuli Edelstein prayed at the western wall. Knesset Speaker’s Office

German Leftist Party Introduces Resolution To Recognize Palestinian State


A left-wing opposition party in the German parliament introduced a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, a position opposed by the current governing coalition.

Israel Freezing Eastern Jerusalem Construction


Jerusalem — Israel is freezing the construction of 1,500 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

Netanyahu To Appoint Kahlon As Israel’s Finance Minister


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he will appoint Moshe Kahlon as the country’s finance minister.

White House: Looking To Next Israeli Government To Recommit To Two States


Washington — The Obama administration said it would look to the new Israeli government to recommit itself to the two-state solution.

Yehuda Avner, Speechwriter To Four Israeli Prime Ministers, Dies


Jerusalem — Yehuda Avner, a speechwriter and advisor to four Israeli prime ministers, has died.

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