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  • Weizmann Opens Congress; Avoids Issue of Partition, Mum of Attending London Parley

    The twenty-second World Zionist Congress – first post-war gathering of the highest body of the World Zionist movement – opened here today in the Mustermesse, largest hall in Basle, with an address by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency, in which he appealed to the British Government either to carry out the provisions…

  • Rare Snowfall Blankets Jerusalem; Heavy Rains Continue in Israel

    Snow, one of the rarest sights ever witnessed in the city and nearby areas, delighted children here who had never seen it before. But, elsewhere, heavy rains have drenched the country for six consecutive days, causing numerous floods and much hardship. Reports indicate that rainfall so far this year is already approaching the total for…

  • Purim Celebrations Marred in Israel by Rains and Economic Problems

    Israel’s economic difficulties coupled with unusually severe weather conditions seriously curtailed this year’s Purim celebrations today with many outdoor festivities canceled because of an unseasonal snow in Jerusalem and extremely heavy and prolonged rains in other parts of the country. The rains, which continued without interruption for a second day, flooded the open air facilities…

  • Shultzes to Be Pampered

    Israelis seem to have spared no expense to make U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s four-day stay here comfortable. His huge entourage has been allotted the top four floors of the posh Jerusalem Hilton Hotel. Shultz and his wife Helena will occupy the Royal Suite on the 20th floor, which offers such amenities as a…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli advertisers target fervently Orthodox market

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 18 (JTA) — When Pisga, an Israeli manufacturer of laundry products, wanted to expand its customer base, it turned to one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. Researching the market, the advertising firm, Gitam/BBDO, learned that Pisga was not a household name among some of Israel’s largest households — those of haredim, or…

  • Israel plunged into mourning in wake of helicopter collision

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 4 (JTA) — Israel has been plunged into deep mourning in the wake of what is the country’s worst air force disaster. At least 70 Israeli soldiers were killed Tuesday night when two army helicopters en route to the southern Lebanon security zone crashed in bad weather over an Israeli farming community in…

  • CHANUKAH FEATURE Menorah madness takes off; kitschy kids’ styles proliferate

    NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (JTA) — How many ways can Mickey Mouse celebrate Chanukah? Five different Mickey menorahs, licensed from Disney, are now available to answer that question. If you’re more into Winnie-the-Pooh, there are two colorful menorahs displaying the whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood to choose between. And the latest this year…

  • Snow closes Jerusalem schools

    JERUSALEM, March 18 (JTA) — Parts of Israel became a winter wonderland this week. A snowstorm shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday, just two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country. Meteorologists said some 4 inches of snow fell on…

  • Kurds storm Israeli consulate after arrest of separatist leader

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israel’s growing military ties with Turkey have embroiled the Jewish state in the Kurdish people’s 14-year-old separatist struggle against Turkey. That struggle reached the boiling point Tuesday when Turkey arrested the leader of the Kurdish separatists, Abdullah Ocalan, in Kenya. Kurdish protesters reacted with rampages throughout Europe, seizing consulates,…