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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

Israeli Envoy: Hillary Clinton Led The Way To Gaza Cease-Fire In 2012

07/29/2016 - 11:39

Philadelphia — Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador the the United States, credited Hillary Clinton with the leading role in achieving a cease-fire in Israel’s 2012 conflict with Hamas.

Hillary Clinton campaigning at a Bronx Organizing Event in New York City, April 13, 2016. JTA

Olympic Terror Widow Wins Grudging Victory

After Ankie Spitzer’s 44-year fight with the IOC, Rio Games will include a memorial for the Munich dead.

07/27/2016 - 08:41
Staff Writer

On Sept. 6, 1972, Ankie Spitzer slowly walked around Apartment 3 of 31 Connallystrasse, a duplex dormitory room in the Olympic Village of Munich, where the Summer Olympics were underway.

Spitzer, widow one of the 11 Israelis murdered in 1972, has lobbied since then for a minute of silence. Getty Images

Netanyahu Calls On Arab Citizens To Become More Involved In Israeli Society

07/26/2016 - 10:49

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video message called on Arab citizens of Israel to become more involved in Israeli society.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Arab citizens in a video message. Screenshot via

Knesset Passes Law Blocking Mikvah Access For Non-Orthodox Conversions

07/26/2016 - 10:44

A controversial bill that would enable local Orthodox rabbinates to bar non-Orthodox Jewish conversion ceremonies in publicly funded mikvahs was passed in the Knesset.

Israeli Minister of Religious Services David Azulay visits a luxury mikvah in the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut. JTA

Bill Exempting Charedi Schools From Teaching Core Subjects Moves To Full Knesset

07/25/2016 - 12:01

Jerusalem — An Israeli government committee has approved a bill that would exempt charedi Orthodox schools from teaching the core curriculum of general studies.

Yeshiva students in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak in central Israel. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Kicks Off Under Heavy Security

07/25/2016 - 11:04

Jerusalem — Amid increased security in the wake of last year’s deadly stabbing spree, Jerusalem’s 15th annual gay pride parade kicked off Thursday with an estimated 10,000 marchers, double the number that marched a year ago.

Thousands of people marching at the annual Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem, July 21, 2016. JTA

Controversy, Concern As Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Nears

Jerusalem mayor backs out in deference to ultra-Orthodox; police arrest brother of man who stabbed 16-year-old girl at last year’s march.

07/20/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

Just 24 hours before the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would not be attending.

Israelis take part in a memorial rally in to protest the stabbing attack at last year's Jerusalem Pride Parade. Getty Images
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