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High Court Orders Temporary Release Of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Prisoner

08/19/2015 - 20:00

Mohaamad Allaan, the Palestinian prisoner and alleged Islamic Jihad member whose months-long hunger strike has drawn international attention, will be temporarily released from administrative detention.

Museum Of The Bible Allies With Israeli Antiquities Agency

08/18/2015 - 20:00

Washington - A Christian family’s ambitious Bible museum project has forged a key alliance with the Israel Antiquities Authority, giving treasures from the Holy Land a temporary home just steps from the National Mall.

Exterior rendering of the planned Museum of the Bible, which will be three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. JTA

Limmud Taking Root In A Changing Tel Aviv

08/18/2015 - 20:00

Limmud is finding a home — in Tel Aviv, of all places.

Fresh off the city’s first-ever Limmud conference in the spring, and as the city sheds the stereotype of a fiercely secular, even anti-religious cultural hub, organizers are already planning next year’s event.

Jewish learning bar none: A Limmud TLV study session in a Tel Aviv watering hole.  Barak Brinker

Private Conversions Causing Stir

New effort seen as rebuke to Chief Rabbinate.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Growing up in Belarus, Natya was considered Jewish because of her Jewish father — the son of Holocaust survivors.

Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch, center in suit, during a session of the new conversion court. Courtesy of Itim

Shipwreck Off Israel’s Coast, Long Unidentified, Linked To Early Zionist

08/16/2015 - 20:00

A shipwreck discovered off Israel’s coast almost 40 years ago has been identified as likely a vessel belonging to Edmond James de Rothschild, a French Jewish banker and philanthropist.

The shipwreck found off Dor Beach, thought to belong to Rothschild's fleet. Via

West Bank Bedouin Tent Burned Down In Suspected Arson Attack

08/12/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — A tent in a West Bank Bedouin village was set on fire in a suspected arson attack.

Bedouin residents from Kafr Malik standing near a burned tent that was allegedly set on fire by arsonists in the West Bank. JTA

10 Years After Gaza Disengagement, Hundreds Still Without Permanent Homes

08/11/2015 - 20:00

Nitzan B, Israel — Ask Aviel Eliaz and Itzik Wazana about their evacuation from Gaza 10 years ago this month and both will tell you it’s like a tree.

A house under construction for Gaza evacuees in the town of Be’er Ganim. JTA

Captured Hamas Fighter Provides Terror Tunnel Information

08/11/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — A captured Hamas fighter has provided information to Israeli security services about the location of tunnels between Gaza and Israel, planned attacks on Israel and the Hamas-Iran connection.

For Jerusalem LGBTs, Hope Alongside The Fear

In wake of stabbings, gay community and city leaders struggling with ‘very complex relationship.’

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — A week after an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six participants in Jerusalem’s July 30 Gay Pride march, Klil Halevy, a 17-year-old Jerusalemite, was still reeling from the tragedy.

Members of Jerusalem’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered in the city center Sunday night for a memorial vigi.

Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Stabber Admitted To Psychiatric Hospital

08/10/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six marchers at the annual Jerusalem gay pride parade, will be admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward.

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