Menu JTA Search

Gil Shefler Twitter RSS


  • In Caracas, waiting to see Chavez

    Hundreds of thousands of Caracquenos are lined up this morning to pay their respects to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  Supporters said they expected to wait five hours to see Chavez’s open casket, though it’s doubtful everyone will be able to. A newspaper headline reads "A Sea of sadness For Chavez," but the atmosphere…

  • On Caracas streets, fear and eerie quiet as Venezuela mourns

    As Venezuela began a seven-day national mourning period following President Hugo Chavez’s death, Jewish schools and institutions shut down and Venezuelans braced themselves for the unknown.

  • Jewish camps seeking to bring diverse groups under the same tent

    Jewish summer camps are making a conscious effort to increase diversity, reaching out to children with disabilities as well as Russian Jews and Israeli Americans.

  • Donors struggling to defray the rising costs of Jewish camp

    With already high Jewish camp tuition continuing to rise each year, philanthropies are working to keep a potent builder of Jewish identity within reach.

  • Full texts of AIPAC speeches

    If you’ve missed the speeches delivered by the key speakers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington DC this week then don’t worry, the full text of their addresses are readily available on the Web. Vice President Joe Biden, the highest-ranking official in the U.S. government to attend the gathering…

  • Israeli economist peddling new plan to equalize Arab university presence

    Manuel Trajtenberg, a star of the 2011 social protests in Israel, is throwing his weight behind an $82 million initiative to boost the number of Arabs enrolled in higher education in Israel.

  • Jersey schoolkids take on unusual assignment: run a half-marathon

    Most teachers would call it a day if they managed to get their students to do their homework on time, but Rabbi Motti Miller sets the bar higher. Last year the educator at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, N.J., asked 11 of his pupils to run a half-marathon in Jerusalem with him…

  • President of Reconstructionist seminary to step down

    Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz will step down as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

  • Five authors named Sami Rohr Prize finalists

    Five authors from three countries were named the finalists for the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

  • Ethiopian-Israeli wins Miss Israel pageant for first time

    Yityish Aynaw, a former Israeli army officer, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant.