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  • Israel drops Viagra ban

    JERUSALEM, June 7 (JTA) — Israel has dropped its ban on the sexual impotency pill Viagra. Israel’s Health Ministry said it was again permitting doctors to prescribe the drug after it received clarifications from its maker, Pfizer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the deaths of six Americans who were taking the drug….

  • Israeli company launches offering

    NEW YORK, March 11 (JTA) — Israel’s Silicon Valley is making waves on Wall Street. An Israeli software company plans to launch in the coming weeks what would be the largest initial public offering for an Israeli firm in the United States, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Amdocs, which develops telecommunications software, including programs…

  • Russian Jewish children narrowly miss bomb blast

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — A Lubavitch synagogue in Moscow has been severely damaged by a bomb. No one was injured in the attack, which occurred at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York. But the explosion occurred just minutes after some 70 children and their…

  • U.S. to deport Lithuanian

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — The United States is one step closer to deporting an 80-year-old man who served in a Lithuanian mobile killing squad during World War II. A federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously affirmed last Friday a 1995 court decision to strip Kazys Ciurinskas of his U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Justice…

  • Mordechai Strigler, editor of Yiddish Forward, is dead

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — Mordechai Strigler, a prolific Yiddish writer who was editor of the Yiddish Forward, has died at age 76. Born in 1921 in Zamosc, Poland, Strigler was sent to study in a yeshiva at age 11. In 1937 he began work as a rabbi and teacher in Warsaw. When the…

  • Israeli shot in West Bank dies

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (JTA) — An Israeli woman who was shot last week in the West Bank has died. Yael Mebar, 25, was shot Jan. 1 while riding in a car near an Arab village in an area under Israeli security control. The gunmen, who opened fire from a parked car, were believed to have…

  • Ethiopian exodus: A timeline

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — Following is a timeline of the major developments in the exodus of Jews from Ethiopia. 1979: The first few hundred Jews manage to leave Ethiopia and get to Israel. 1980-83: A few thousand more Ethiopian Jews come out quietly through the Sudan. 1984: Huge numbers of Ethiopian Jews go…

  • Appeal for calm on Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 28 (JTA) — A group of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis and educators has issued an appeal for calm at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Shavuot. Fearful of a repeat of last year, when men and women participating in a non- Orthodox prayer service were attacked by fervently Orthodox Jews, the…

  • Israel to join in world study of cell phone’s health impact

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (JTA) — A recent visitor to Israel observed the following scenario: He was at a restaurant when he noticed two people sitting across from each other at a nearby table. Each was talking into a cradled cellular telephone against his ear. Since they were speaking at the same time, the visitor concluded…

  • Technion satellite launch delayed

    NEW YORK, June 24 (JTA) — The launch of an Israeli university’s satellite has been delayed for two weeks to allow time to complete the inspection of the launcher rocket. The satellite, designed and built at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, was scheduled to be launched Tuesday from a Russian military facility in…