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Jewish Teen Sentenced To Life, Accomplice To 21 Years In Killing Of Palestinian 16-Year-Old

02/04/2016 - 11:43

Jerusalem — A Jewish teen was sentenced to life in prison and a second teen to 21 years for kidnapping and murdering a Palestinian teen by burning him to death.

Police escorting Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the three Jewish suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. JTA

Border Police Officer, 19, Dies From Wounds In Jerusalem Attack, Another Injured

02/04/2016 - 11:35

Jerusalem — Two Israeli Border Police officers were seriously wounded in a Jerusalem attack by three Palestinian assailants, who were shot and killed.

Israeli border police-women patrol a street following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate. Getty Images

Prayer Deal Opens Rift Among Jewish Feminists

Idealists vs. pragmatists on accepting Kotel compromise.

02/03/2016 - 09:13
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to create an official, government-funded Western Wall prayer section for mixed-gender prayer and women who want to read from the Torah has gratified non-Orthodox Jews seeking government recognition. But the move has left some supporters of Women of the Wall feeling disappointed, even betrayed.

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman in 2012 after she said the Shema prayer at the Kotel. Women of the Wall

After Historic Deal At Kotel, Next Steps Seen As Elusive

Liberal streams hail egalitarian prayer at holy site, but push for greater religious pluralism faces strong headwind.

02/03/2016 - 09:03
Staff Writer

The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to approve a compromise expanding the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall is being hailed as a historic moment by leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements.

Mixed-gender prayer gets boost at Western Wall. Getty Images

Western Wall Prayer Fight Ends With Historic Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:16

Tel Aviv — Israel’s government on Sunday approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment.

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on a rainy day, Oct. 25, 2015. JTA

3 Maps That Explain The Western Wall Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:09

The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall on Sept. 30, 2015 to receive the Priestly Blessing on the Sukkot holiday. JTA

US Jewish Groups Hail Mixed-Gender Western Wall Space

02/01/2016 - 11:05

Jerusalem — American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand — and fund — a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as a first step toward official Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Women of the Wall, who retrieved a Torah scroll from the men’s prayer section despite regulations against women. RNS

Hebron Puts Bibi At Settlement Crossroads

Expansionist moves set against policy ‘ambivalence.’

01/27/2016 - 08:43
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The abandoned stone building in the West Bank city of Hebron lies just steps from the Cave of the Patriarchs, a site holy to Muslims and Jews and infamous as a flashpoint of religiously inspired bloodshed.

Jewish settlers gather their belongings last week after being evacuated by Israeli security forces from two homes.

Breaking A Taboo, Some Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Men Look For Work

01/26/2016 - 10:42

Bnei Brak, Israel - At the age of 36, Michael Luc realized he needed to find a good job.

Ultra-Orthodox men are increasingly entering the Israeli workforce, thanks to employment training offered by the Ministry. RNS

Diamond Engagement Ring Found After Search Through Tons Of Jerusalem Garbage

Bauble reportedly worth more than $10,000.

01/25/2016 - 11:25

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A diamond engagement ring accidentally thrown in a garbage dumpster by a bride-to-be was recovered days after haredi Orthodox volunteers sifted through tons of garbage.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews searching in a pile of garbage at Jeruslem’s Givat Shaul city dump for an expensive engagement ring. JTA
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