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Jewish Agency To Probe MASA Screening After Eilat Shooting By New Yorker

10/05/2012

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.

09/25/2012
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

08/28/2012
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

1,200-Year-Old Jewish Prayer Book On Display In Jerusalem

09/19/2014
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A Jewish prayer book believed to be the world’s oldest will be exhibited in Jerusalem for one month.

A book believed to be the world’s oldest Jewish prayer book will be displayed for a month in Jerusalem.Ardon Bar Hama, Osaf Gree

Lone Soldiers’ Parents Being Brought To Israel For Holiday Visits

09/18/2014
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The parents of 77 lone soldiers in Israel who fought in the recent Gaza operation are being brought to Israel to spend the High Holidays with their children.

On Surge Of Asylum Seekers, Israel Caught In A Bind

09/17/2014
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Israel, like other Mediterranean and European countries, is a magnet for asylum seekers escaping forced, open-ended conscription in Eritrea or war in Sudan. Their influx has forced Israel to face a painful dilemma: defend its Jewish character, or its Jewish values?

Asylum seekers protest at the Holot detention facility in the Negev.  Getty Images

‘I Have The Right To Love Who I Love’

The common law marriage between an Israeli woman and a Sudanese asylum seeker tests the values of the Jewish state.

09/17/2014
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Ori Caspi’s life is falling apart.

Ever since her husband was taken away this past spring, she can’t fall asleep at night. Unable to face their empty home, she stays on friends’ sofas, laptop in hand, scouring the Internet for solutions until dawn.  She’s missing work shifts, hasn’t paid rent since last month, and is preparing for the possibility that soon she’ll be truly homeless. But these aren’t her real problems, she says.

Ori Caspi and her spouse, Musa (Moses) Hamis Sulaiman: Caught in a bureaucratic nightmare. Luba Fein

Turning Their Backs On The Israeli Army

Charges by officers in elite intelligence-gathering unit ignite fury.

09/17/2014
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Tel Aviv — Overnight, they have become the new bad boys of Israel, and denounced as childish activists who dared to sully the reputation of Israel’s revered intelligence outfit — Unit 8200 — to make a political statement against the occupation of the West Bank.

Three of the 43 veteran officers of Unit 8200 who signed letter saying they would not serve in the reserves. Joshua Mitnick/JW
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Gaza War Pushes Israel, Reluctantly, Onto Holiday Bima

In change, key sermons to address community’s ‘third rail,’ but gingerly.

09/17/2014
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When New York-area rabbis deliver their most important sermons of the year next week, in front of a slew of congregants they may see only once or twice, many will be stepping on the Jewish community’s third rail: Israel.

Israel’s war in Gaza, either directly or indirectly, will be a prime topic of High Holy Days sermons next week.  Getty Images
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The Return Of The Domestic Agenda

With the Gaza war over, internal problems now closer to the front burner.

09/16/2014
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Jerusalem — In early July, Lisa Richlen, a nonprofit consultant working in the fields of human rights and social change, was planning to help launch Faces of Exile, a website aimed at providing a “human face” to asylum seekers in Israel, when Israel’s war with Hamas began.  

Activist Lisa Richlen giving her South Tel Aviv tour about asylum seekers in Israel. Irene Fertik
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