Israel News

A Three-Star Kashrut System

Israel is overhauling its certification arm to reduce graft.

02/04/2014
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JERUSALEM — Plans to overhaul kosher certification services offered by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate include having different levels of certification and outside companies employ the supervisors.

Israel's chief rabbinate in 1959. Many Israelis don't trust the rabbinate's kashrut system today. Wikimedia Commons

ScarJo And SodaStream

The seltzer gizmo company's Yonah Lloyd calls out the BDS agenda.

01/31/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent
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ScarJo shills for SodaStream, despite BDS screams. Photo courtesy SodaStream

Reform Synagogue In Ra’anana Vandalized

01/30/2014
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JERUSALEM — A Reform synagogue in the central Israel city of Ra’anana was vandalized with graffiti.

Women Of The Wall Nearing Agreement With Israeli Government

01/28/2014
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JERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area.

Shulamit Aloni, Left-Wing Israeli Icon, Dies At 85

01/27/2014
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Shulamit Aloni, a former Israeli minister and leader of the left-wing Meretz party, has died.

Aloni died Friday at the age of 86. She will be buried Sunday in Kfar Shmaryahu near the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, Israel’s Army Radio reported.

A veteran of Israel’s War of Independence and a product of the Shomer HaTzair Zionist youth movement, Aloni first earned notice as a radio journalist. She entered politics in 1965 as a Knesset member for what would become the Israeli Labor Party.

Aloni: Fought for separation of religion and government. Photo via knesset.gov.il

Johannson Splits With Oxfam Over ‘Fundamental’ Differences On BDS

01/27/2014
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Actress Scarlett Johansson has ended her relationship with Oxfam, saying she and the humanitarian organization have “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum announces Scarlett Johansson as the company’s global brand ambassador. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Al-Qaida Cell Arrested In Plot To Attack U.S. Embassy In Tel Aviv

01/23/2014
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JERUSALEM — An al-Qaida cell suspected of planning several terror attacks in Israel, including on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, was arrested.

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/22/2014
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As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

UNESCO Shifts Course On Israel Exhibit, Sets Opening For June

01/22/2014
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UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, said it will delay for six months the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

Is Tide Turning In Beit Shemesh Religious Wars?

In fight against haredi mayor, emboldened Modern Orthodox women gearing up for key election.

01/22/2014
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They are the newest, and perhaps unlikeliest, foot soldiers in the bitter battle over religious pluralism in Israel. And when the small band of Modern Orthodox women in Beit Shemesh — the city that many consider ground zero in the ongoing war against religious extremism — ferreted out a case of massive voter fraud in last fall’s mayoral election, its tenacity paid big dividends for secular candidate Eli Cohen.

Phillips and her daughter with Miri Shalem, far left, and Brenda Granot. Joan Roth
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