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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

Security Measures Questioned In Teen’s Murder

Masa inquiry underway over yeshiva trip to Gush Etzion junction.

Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The murder of Massachusetts native Ezra Schwartz in a terrorist shooting last week has shaken Israel’s overseas educational programs as they scramble to handle worried parents, upset participants, and review security precautions for trips to high-risk locations in the country.

Protesters this week in Gush Etzion holding a poster of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks. Ben Sales/JTA

Israeli Man, 18, Killed In West Bank Stabbing Attack


Jerusalem — An 18-year-old Israeli man was killed in a West Bank stabbing attack in the third of three attacks of alleged Palestinian violence on Monday.

Israeli soldiers react at the scene of a reported stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian man. Getty Images

US Yeshiva Student Among 5 Dead In Palestinian Terror Attacks


Jerusalem — Three people were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank, including an American yeshiva student, hours after two Jewish men were stabbed to death in Tel Aviv at a prayer service.

Israeli security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of a drive-by shooting near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut.JTA

2 Jews Killed In Tel Aviv Stabbing Attack While Praying


Jerusalem — Two Jewish men were stabbed to death and one was injured while praying at an office building in Tel Aviv.

ZAKA personnel cleaning the scene where two Israelis were killed and at least two others wounded in a stabbing attack. JTA

Will Israel’s Terror Fight Gain Sympathy?

Guarded hope that counterterrorism focus in Europe will lead to greater understanding on the Israeli-Palestinian front.

Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — “We understand more than anyone else,” read the decoration on the memorial candle outside the French embassy here.

Hundreds of Israelis attending a rally Saturday night at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Paris. JTA

Eagles Of Death Metal Reconfirms Israel Gig Following Paris Attacks

The band has played Tel Aviv, despite pressure from the BDS movement.


Jerusalem — The American rock band Eagles of Death Metal has confirmed its intention to play in Israel this summer, in the wake of a deadly attack on its concert in Paris.

American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. Via

Palestinian Suspect Arrested In Deadly West Bank Attack Reportedly Turned In By Father


Jerusalem — A Hebron man was arrested in the West Bank shooting that left a father and his teenage son dead on the eve of his daughter’s wedding.

Family and friends mourning at the funeral in Jerusalem of terror victims Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel. JTA
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