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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

Decades Of Frustration For Ethiopian Jews

Tel Aviv riot highlights entrenched discrimination, violence faced by immigrant community.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The Talpiot Industrial Zone in south Jerusalem is home to some of Jerusalem’s poorest people. Housed in run-down buildings built decades ago for Jewish refugees from Arab countries, the crime rate is high, even with a police station located right across the street.

Continued accusations of harassment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel led to riots this week in Tel Aviv. Getty Images

Singer Cancels Israel Performance 3 Days Before Concert


Jerusalem — American R&B singer Lauryn Hill canceled a performance in Israel three days ahead of the scheduled concert.

Ethiopian-Israelis, Police Clash In Tel Aviv During Demonstration


Tel Aviv — A demonstration in Tel Aviv by thousands protesting police brutality against Ethiopian-Israelis degenerated into violence.

Ethiopian-Israelis Riot In Jerusalem Over Attacks By Police


Ethiopian-Israeli protesters clashed with police during demonstrations throughout Jerusalem over two attacks against Ethiopian-Israelis by Israeli law enforcement.

Ethiopian-Israelis demonstrating in Jerusalem against what they allege is police brutality and racism, April 30, 2015. (Flash90)

Hezbollah Is 'Emboldened'

Tensions in north, not Iran, now seen as country’s most pressing problem.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the last few months focusing the world’s attention on the threat of the Iran nuclear program, but in recent days many Israeli analysts and officials have suggested that Israel’s most immediate threat actually comes from Iran’s proxy in Lebanon: Hezbollah.

Israeli soldiers stand guard near Quneitra on the Israel-Syria border. Getty Images

Why Israeli Couples have Surrogate Pregnancies In Nepal

Hundreds of Israeli couples choose surrogate pregnancy in Nepal


Tel Aviv (JTA) – While Israel mobilizes to aid victims of Nepal’s earthquake and locate missing citizens, the Jewish state is paying special attention to the safety of 26 Israeli babies born of surrogate mothers in Nepal.

The parent of a baby born to a surrogate mother in Nepal holding the child at the Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv on Sunday. JTA

U.N. Inquiry Finds Israel Fired On Its Schools, Hamas Hid Weapons In Its Buildings


Jerusalem — Israel fired on seven United Nations schools and Hamas hid weapons in at least three empty U.N. buildings during Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2014, according to an inquiry.

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