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  • 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

  • Ethiopian Israelis worry about fate of relatives

    From the hilltop caravan site known as Givat Hamatos, the entire new city of Jerusalem shines below like a mirage. Although they live in poverty, these Ethiopian immigrant families know they are very lucky to be in Israel. What they do not understand is w

  • Ethiopian Israelis worry about fate of relatives

    From the hilltop caravan site known as Givat Hamatos, the entire new city of Jerusalem shines below like a mirage. Although they live in poverty, these Ethiopian immigrant families know they are very lucky to be in Israel. What they do not understand is w

  • Intel Israel: The best and worst of new economy

    Drive 15 miles southwest of the area where David slew Goliath, and an enormous manufacturing plant testifies to a new type of giant towering over Israel. Fab 18, opened last year by Intel, represents the best and worst of Israel’s new, technology-driven e

  • Intel Israel: The best and worst of new economy

    KIRYAT GAT, Israel, May 14 (JTA) — Drive 15 miles southwest of the area where David slew Goliath, and an enormous complex faced in pinkish Jerusalem stone testifies to a new type of giant towering over Israel. This is Fab 18, a plant opened last year by Intel, the world’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer, in the…