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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

‘Jerry And The Falafel,’ And Other Israel-Themed Seinfeld Episodes


Jerry Seinfeld is set to perform in Israel for the first time, with a stand-up comedy show scheduled for December in Tel Aviv.

Jerry Seinfeld speaking at the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation in New York City, April 29, 2015. JTA

Whole Lotta Shaked Going On


She’s been described as radical, scary, dangerous — and beautiful.

But Ayelet Shaked, the right-wing firebrand who became Israel’s justice minister in May, isn’t fazed by the characterization.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Courtesy Israeli Justice Ministry

Suspects In Henkin Murders Arrested

Hamas terror cell nabbed in joint operation; Eitam Henkin was U.S. citizen.


Jerusalem — The members of a terror cell responsible for the murder of an Israeli couple whose four children were in the car at the time of the attack were arrested.

Rabbi Yehuda and Chana Henkin were gunned down while in their car in the West Bank. JTA

Israelis’ New Normal Means Jiu-Jitsu, Pepper Spray

Third intifada or not, the mood on the street is anxious.

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Jerusalem — During the past couple of weeks, as the violence in and around Jerusalem and the West Bank has escalated, Roi Walther, a Jerusalem-based martial arts instructor in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a form of Brazilian self-defense, has noticed a big uptick in interest in his already popular classes.

Near the Old City of Jerusalem a member of the Israeli Border Police asks an Arab to show them his ID card. Michele Chabin/JW

Palestinian Teen In Jerusalem Stabs Jewish Man, He Shoots Her


Jerusalem — A Jewish-Israeli man who was stabbed in the back by an 18-year-old Palestinian female shot his assailant with his weapon in Jerusalem.

Ambulances at the Western Wall evacuate an injured Israeli man who was stabbed by a Palestinian woman near Lions’ Gate. JTA

Fatah Unit Claims Responsibility For Murder Of Israeli Couple


A cell affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing assumed responsibility for the murder of an Israeli couple near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

Eitam and Na’ama Henkin. JTA

Yogi On Mideast Peace: ‘It Gets Late Early Out There’

Special To The Jewish Week

Jerusalem — Yogi Berra’s death failed to make the news here, which is understandable, because he wasn’t known to Israelis. Except for the Americans who have moved here, Israelis don’t follow baseball, and care not a whit about Yogi’s playing career or his place in American lore as a pre-eminent philosopher. Which is a shame, because they could learn a lot from what Yogi had to say, particularly if you apply the Hall of Fame Yankee catcher’s mash-up of fortune-cookie philosophies, self-contradictory and redundant malapropisms to the Mideast crisis Israelis refer to simply as the matzav, or situation.

A pitch for peace: Applying Yogi’s wit and wisdom to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Getty Images
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