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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

Palestinian Authority Ordered To Pay $10M Plus Installments In Terrorism Case


A federal judge ordered the Palestinian Authority and PLO to pay $10 million in cash plus $1 million in monthly installments to secure a judgment from a previous court decision on behalf of Americans killed in terrorist attacks.

WATCH: Patriots Star Julian Edelman Blows Through Israel


Ever since New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s breakout performance in the Super Bowl last February, football fans have wondered whether they could proudly count him as a member of the tribe.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman spent ten eventful days in Israel learning about his Jewish heritage. JTA

Triple Jumper Wins Israel’s Second-Ever Silver Medal At World Championships


Triple jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko became only the second Israeli to win a silver medal at the World Championships in Athletics.

Triple jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko. Getty Images

Gay Pride Parade Stabber Indicted For Murder


Jerusalem — The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead, was charged with murder.

Yishai Schlissel is escorted by police after his hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on August 11, 2015. JTA

Israel’s President: Nation’s Right To West Bank Not Debatable


Jerusalem – Israel’s right to the West Bank “is not a matter of political debate,” President Reuven Rivlin said.

High Court Orders Temporary Release Of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Prisoner


Mohaamad Allaan, the Palestinian prisoner and alleged Islamic Jihad member whose months-long hunger strike has drawn international attention, will be temporarily released from administrative detention.

Museum Of The Bible Allies With Israeli Antiquities Agency


Washington - A Christian family’s ambitious Bible museum project has forged a key alliance with the Israel Antiquities Authority, giving treasures from the Holy Land a temporary home just steps from the National Mall.

Exterior rendering of the planned Museum of the Bible, which will be three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. JTA
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