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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

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.

New Calendar Features Women Of The IDF

Creators say sexy photos of female soldiers show another side of Israel; critics cry foul.

10/24/2014
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A pair of entrepreneurs say they’re helping Israel shed its negative image with their calendar of sultry, scantily clad female Israeli soldiers.

Miss February, aka Jenny, of MTKL's 2015 calendar. Courtesy MTKL

Haredim’s Refusal To Sit next To Opposite Sex Delays Delta Flight

10/23/2014
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A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex.

Infant Killed, 8 Hurt In Suspected Terror Attack On Jerusalem Light Rail

10/22/2014
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Jerusalem — An infant was killed and eight people were injured when a car crashed into a light rail station in Jerusalem in what police are investigating as a terror attack.

2 Israeli Soldiers Hurt In Attack Launched From Egypt

10/22/2014
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Jerusalem — Two Israeli soldiers were injured when troops came under fire on the border with Egypt.

Poll: Most Israeli Jews Oppose Palestinian State On ’67 Lines

10/21/2014
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Jerusalem — Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found.

More Jewish Families Move Into Eastern Jerusalem’s Silwan Neighborhood

10/20/2014
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Jerusalem — Nine Jewish families moved into the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan.

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