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  • Israeli media focus on Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, July 17 (JTA) — The Israeli media are searching for scraps of information to serve a news-hungry population amid an information blackout from the Camp David summit. Almost all newspapers, from across the political spectrum, are exploring one issue in depth: the future of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is already divided, all that is left is…

  • Israel’s Reform campus vandalized

    JERUSALEM, July 6 (JTA) — Vandals struck the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College in Israel this week, smashing glass windows and doors and spray-painting the word “Satan” in black letters on the ground. Thursday’s attack on the institute was the second on the HUC after a door was smashed there a few weeks ago. It…

  • Faint readings of pluralism detected

    Perhaps it was the image of classic anti-Semitism, conjured up by flames raging through a synagogue in Jerusalem, that sparked some sympathetic Orthodox responses to the latest attack on liberal Judaism in Israel. Or maybe it was just a realization that s

  • Faint readings of pluralism detected

    JERUSALEM, June 27 (JTA) — Perhaps it was the image of classic anti-Semitism, conjured up by reports of flames raging through a synagogue in Jerusalem, that sparked some sympathetic Orthodox responses to the latest attack on liberal Judaism in Israel. Or maybe it was just a realization that someone had taken things too far. Whatever…

  • Conservative synagogue torched

    JERUSALEM, June 25 (JTA) — Images of Holocaust-era synagogue torchings were invoked after a Conservative shul in Jerusalem was set on fire over the weekend. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak led a call for greater tolerance in Israeli society after vandals hurled gasoline-soaked flaming rags into the synagogue Saturday night, setting ablaze sections of the…

  • Advice to Israeli start-ups: Go West

    JERUSALEM, June 18 (JTA) — A 27-year-old Israeli software entrepreneur passed the first test toward fulfilling Israel’s new high-tech dream. Benny Lehmann raised $3 million in the first round of funding for his start-up company. If all goes well, Lehmann will steer his nascent Jerusalem-based firm, Digital Fuel Technologies, toward success by providing a solution…

  • Israel Bonds turns 50 during economic revolution

    JERUSALEM, June 7 (JTA) — There are few other Jewish organizations that can reflect on 50 years and boast of having raised more than $22 billion. But as Israel Bonds celebrates its 50th anniversary amid the dramatic transformation of the nation’s economy, it may discover that its critical role is gradually declining. Israel’s official position,…

  • Poll: Israelis accepting of Ethiopian immigrants

    JERUSALEM, May 31 (JTA) — Israelis have a generally positive view of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, but they are divided over whether to allow a mass immigration of 26,000 Falash Mura, according to a new poll. The poll, commissioned by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, was released Wednesday as the organization announced a…

  • Dazed SLA fighters now refugees in Israel

    When Sa’ad Hawa, a former fighter in the South Lebanon Army, took a bullet in a 1987 battle while fighting alongside Israeli soldiers, he never dreamed he and his comrades would end up in a makeshift transit camp on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. But t

  • Dazed SLA fighters now refugees in Israel

    When Sa’ad Hawa, a former fighter in the South Lebanon Army, took a bullet in a 1987 battle while fighting alongside Israeli soldiers, he never dreamed he and his comrades would end up in a makeshift transit camp on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. But t