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Can China Blunt Israel’s Isolation?

Growing business ties with Asia and Africa seen as reaction to diplomatic trouble in the West.

10/06/2016 - 12:34

The business conference last week at the Tel Aviv five-star hotel had a familiar sound: wall-to-wall praise for Israel’s technology prowess and tributes to the creative juices of the so-called “start-up” nation.

At a recent investor summit Israeli and Chinese executives mingled over Asian soups and dumplings. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Peres: A Man Of Contradictions

His final gift: A day of respite for Israelis.

10/06/2016 - 11:58
Special To The Jewish Week

Jerusalem — It was, perhaps, his last gift to us. Even in death, Shimon Peres inspired us. Though no longer among us, he managed to remind us that what we have built here is extraordinary — not only in our own minds, but in the minds of much of the Western world.

Israeli President at the time Shimon Peres answers a question from the press at the United Nations in NYC in 2009. Getty Images

‘His Real Heroes Were Jews’

Israeli philosopher Micah Goodman describes his intense personal talks with Shimon Peres about the mission of Jews in the world.

10/06/2016 - 11:51
Editor and Publisher

About three and a half years ago, Micah Goodman, a popular Israeli philosopher, educator and author in his 40s, received a phone call from Shimon Peres out of the blue. The then-president of Israel said he had read Goodman’s best-selling book, “Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism: Secrets of ‘The Guide for the Perplexed,’” and wanted to discuss it with him.

Micah Goodman and friend: A call from then-president of Israel Shimon Peres led to a series of deep conversations. Micah Goodman

‘A Tough-minded Lover Of Peace’

10/06/2016 - 11:47

In the years after he left the U.S. diplomatic service, Daniel Kurtzer would often spend time with Shimon Peres during his return visits to Israel.

“He never gave up” in his pursuit for peace, says Yossi Beilin, a former aide to Shimon Peres. GETTY IMAGES

World’s Oldest Man, A Holocaust Survivor In Israel, To Celebrate Bar Mitzvah 100 Years Late

10/05/2016 - 13:44

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The world’s oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will celebrate his bar mitzvah.

Kristal’s daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that about 100 family members will gather in Kristal’s home city of Haifa in the coming weeks to mark the rite.

Yisrael Kristal will welcome about 100 family members in his home city of Haifa to mark his bar mitzvah. (Courtesy of family)

Muslim Leaders Join Parents Of Slain Israeli Soldiers In Appeal To Hamas

Group of 10 prominent politicians and Muslim leaders sign letter asking for return of bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

10/02/2016 - 11:46
Staff Writer

The parents of slain Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin appealed to the international community at the United Nations last week to pressure Hamas to release their son’s body more than two years after he was killed in the Gaza war in 2014. A group of 10 Muslim-American leaders responded with a letter to Hamas leader Khalid Meshal asking him to fulfill their wishes.

Simcha and Leah Goldin have embarked on a ceaseless campaign to retrieve the body of their son, Hadar, from Gaza. JTA

Bill Clinton Joins Throng Of Israelis In Viewing Casket Of Shimon Peres At The Knesset

09/30/2016 - 10:29

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former President Bill Clinton joined throngs of Israelis who came to the Knesset to pay their final respects to Shimon Peres.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, paying his respects at the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. JTA

Saying Goodbye To Shimon Peres, World Leaders Talk Peace And Love

09/30/2016 - 10:26

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli and world leaders gathered atop Mount Herzl Friday to say goodbye to Shimon Peres, Israel’s last founding father.

President Barack Obama touching the coffin of Shimon Peres after speaking during his funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl. JTA

Ever-Optimistic Pursuer Of Peace, Shimon Peres Dies At 93

A Nobel Prize-winner, his life spanned Israel’s history even as his vision of a ‘new Middle East’ remained unfulfilled.

09/28/2016 - 09:05
Staff Writer

In the years after he left the U.S. diplomatic service, Daniel Kurtzer would often spend time with Shimon Peres during his return visits to Israel.

Shimon Peres, pictured here speaking in Knesset in September, 1993, served nearly 70 years of public life in Israel. Getty

Top U.S. Rabbis Not Kosher Enough For Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Two heads of the Beth Din of America have had conversions they authorized rejected in Jerusalem.

09/23/2016 - 13:46
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — For the first time since a deal was hammered out with the Rabbinical Council of America nearly a decade ago, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is no longer automatically accepting conversion certifications from any American Orthodox rabbi.

Rabbi Mordechai Willig and Rabbi Gedalia Shwartz
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