Israel News

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

Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill Passes Israeli Cabinet Vote

11/24/2014
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Jerusalem — Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Jewish Settlers Torched Widow’s West Bank home, Palestinian Officials Say

11/24/2014
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Jerusalem — A Palestinian home in the West Bank was set afire in what Palestinian officials said was an attack by Israeli Jewish settlers.

ATFP, Citing Stalled Peace Process, Downsizes

11/21/2014
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Washington — The American Task Force on Palestine, a group known for working together with Jewish groups, is downsizing because of the faltering peace process.

Shipment Of Weapons Bound For Eastern Jerusalem Intercepted

11/20/2014
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Jerusalem — A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and Tasers bound for eastern Jerusalem was intercepted by Israel Police.

The two shipping containers of weapons addressed to residents of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, which has a large population of Christian Arabs, was labeled as Christmas decorations. The weapons were hidden among the decorations.

Committee Approves 78 Apartments In Eastern Jerusalem

11/20/2014
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Jerusalem — A Jerusalem municipal committee approved the construction of 78 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem.

One Day Later, Jews In Har Nof Return to Prayer

After an attack that left five dead, services resume. Regaining normalcy is the goal.

11/19/2014
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One day after the attack on Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof that left five dead and seven injured, some in critical condition, about 30 worshippers returned to the synagogue Wednesday morning to resume prayer services. 

Kehilat Bnei Torah in Har Nof, Jerusalem. Friends of Kehilat Bnei Torah.

Shul Attack Seen As Game Changer

Israelis brace for escalation in wake of brazen killings in West Jerusalem.

11/19/2014
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While Israel mourned the four rabbis murdered at the Torat Moshe yeshiva in Jerusalem this week, the country’s security forces announced new measures to protect the public and Israelis braced for an escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Site of massacre: The scene Tuesday morning at the Torat Moshe yeshiva complex in the Har Nof neighborhood in West Jerusalem.
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