Israel News

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

Ari Shavit and Roger Cohen

The world no longer sees Israel in a 'David and Goliath' struggle.

Jewish Teen Sentenced To Life, Accomplice To 21 Years In Killing Of Palestinian 16-Year-Old

02/04/2016 - 11:43

Jerusalem — A Jewish teen was sentenced to life in prison and a second teen to 21 years for kidnapping and murdering a Palestinian teen by burning him to death.

Police escorting Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the three Jewish suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. JTA

Border Police Officer, 19, Dies From Wounds In Jerusalem Attack, Another Injured

02/04/2016 - 11:35

Jerusalem — Two Israeli Border Police officers were seriously wounded in a Jerusalem attack by three Palestinian assailants, who were shot and killed.

Israeli border police-women patrol a street following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate. Getty Images

Prayer Deal Opens Rift Among Jewish Feminists

Idealists vs. pragmatists on accepting Kotel compromise.

02/03/2016 - 09:13
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to create an official, government-funded Western Wall prayer section for mixed-gender prayer and women who want to read from the Torah has gratified non-Orthodox Jews seeking government recognition. But the move has left some supporters of Women of the Wall feeling disappointed, even betrayed.

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman in 2012 after she said the Shema prayer at the Kotel. Women of the Wall

After Historic Deal At Kotel, Next Steps Seen As Elusive

Liberal streams hail egalitarian prayer at holy site, but push for greater religious pluralism faces strong headwind.

02/03/2016 - 09:03
Staff Writer

The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to approve a compromise expanding the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall is being hailed as a historic moment by leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements.

Mixed-gender prayer gets boost at Western Wall. Getty Images

Western Wall Prayer Fight Ends With Historic Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:16
JTA

Tel Aviv — Israel’s government on Sunday approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment.

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on a rainy day, Oct. 25, 2015. JTA

3 Maps That Explain The Western Wall Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:09
JTA

The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall on Sept. 30, 2015 to receive the Priestly Blessing on the Sukkot holiday. JTA
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