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is JTA's Israel correspondent. He reports on Israeli politics, culture, society and economics, in addition to covering Palestinian and regional affairs. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Columbia University Journalism School, he is the former editor-in-chief of New Voices, the national Jewish student magazine.


  • Could the chaos in Egypt and Syria help the peace process?

    With two of Israel’s neighbors engulfed in chaos, some analysts are beginning to make a counterintuitive argument — the immense bloodshed in Egypt and Syria helps create a favorable climate for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

  • Hadassa Margolese, fighter for religious tolerance, quits Beit Shemesh

    Two years after emerging as one of the faces of resistance to haredi Orthodox domination in her Israeli city, Hadassa Margolese has left because of harsh words from members of her own Modern Orthodox community.

  • Mr. Hanegbi goes to J Street

    A Likud party member and Netanyahu ally will be participating in J Street’s annual conference in September.

  • The wonderful visit of Oz

    Mehmet Oz visited Israel for the first time last week with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

  • Jennifer Snukal brings energy and English to Israeli version of ‘Real Housewives’

    The only North American on the Israeli version of “Real Housewives,” Snukal says she’s different from her costars because she really doesn’t give a s***.

  • For activists, eyeing alternatives after disappointing Chief Rabbinate vote

    The defeat of a reformist candidate for chief rabbi may help galvanize efforts to work around restrictions put in place by Israel’s haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate.

  • At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups

    Over the last three months, a new traditionalist group called Women for the Wall has become a key player vying to maintain the status quo at the Kotel and thwart Women of the Wall’s designs on the site.

  • Peace talks could begin July 30

    Direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could begin as soon as next week.

  • O Canada!

    The American baseball team steamrolled Canada twice with the first two no-hitters in Maccabiah history, but suffered a stunning defeat by Israel on Tuesday.

  • Six weeks after Better Place bust, some Israelis still bullish on electric cars

    Hoping to capitalize on Israel’s small size and existing network of battery swapping and charging stations, entrepreneurs continue to bet on the Jewish state’s electric car future.