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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

Israel, Hamas Agree to 72-Hour Ceasefire

Israeli forces remain in place and unwilling to compromise on tunnels.

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Washington — Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional cease-fire.

72-hour ceasefire declared in Gaza. Getty Images

'Ceasefire Or Not, All Tunnels Will Be Destroyed'

Netanyahu affirms determination to complete the mission Israel began.

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Jerusalem — Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu determined to eliminate all terror tunnels. Getty Images.

Israel Shelling Kills 15 at Gaza U.N. School

IDF had come under fire in area of school; death toll in Gaza now at 1,280, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

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Jerusalem — At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

15 Palestinians killed in shelling on UN school. Getty Images.

Amid Tunnel Threat, Ideas For End Emerge

As Israel-U.S. tensions simmer, calls to have Abbas rule Gaza arise.

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‘See that forest? The clash happened on the other side.”

Micha Ben Hillel of Kibbutz Nir Am near the Gaza Strip pointed to a line of trees on a hill separated from the kibbutz’s perimeter fence by several hundred feet of parched thistle and overgrown grass. 

Patrol road of Kibbutz Nir Am, located near the northeast tip of Gaza.

Hamas Infiltration Attempt Kills Five

Soldiers deflect attempt to use terror tunnels to infiltrate southern kibbutz, bringing IDF death toll to 53.

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Jerusalem — The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the death of five more Israeli soldiers, which occurred during the infiltration of gunmen into a southern kibbutz through a tunnel from Gaza.

Hamas attempt to infiltrate southern Kibbutz kills five soldiers. Getty Images.

Hamas Denies PA 24-Hour Cease-Fire

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Jerusalem — The Palestinian Authority announced that it has brokered a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire with all Palestinian factions, with the possibility of extending it an additional 48 hours.

'We'll Fight Until Tunnels Destroyed'

In a televised speech Monday night, Netanyahu said to prepare for a 'continued operation.'

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Jerusalem — Israel will not end its operation in Gaza before destroying all the Hamas-built tunnels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the nation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed international community on Monday night. Wikipedia Commons.
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