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  • Israeli trauma counselors lend hand in U.S.

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — It was an uncanny coincidence. On the morning of Sept. 11, 100 New Yorkers from the United Jewish Communities’ five-day solidarity mission to Israel were in Gilo, a neighborhood in Jerusalem that has come under repeated Palestinian gunfire over the past year, to hear how residents have been dealing with…

  • Who is a Jew’ heats up again in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — When an American immigrant recently asked the Chief Rabbinate for permission to marry her Israeli boyfriend, the Jewish state’s Orthodox establishment turned her down. In order to marry under Jewish law in Israel, the woman, who didn’t want her name mentioned, would have to re-convert to Judaism, rabbis told her….

  • Who is a Jew’ heats up again in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — When an American immigrant recently asked the Chief Rabbinate for permission to marry her Israeli boyfriend, the Jewish state’s Orthodox establishment turned her down. In order to marry under Jewish law in Israel, the woman, who didn’t want her name mentioned, would have to re-convert to Judaism, rabbis told her….

  • Slain Ze’evi devoted life to nation

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — Known for his strongly anti-Arab views, Rehavam Ze’evi, 75, became the first Israeli Cabinet minister to be slain by Arab terrorists in the history of the Jewish state. A career officer in the Israel Defense Force, Ze’evi first served in the pre-state Haganah underground and in the Palmach, the Haganah’s…

  • Israeli peaceniks, settlers spar

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 14 (JTA) — New settlements are sprouting in the West Bank, according to a recent survey taken by Peace Now. Twenty-five new settlements have been built since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won the election in February 2001, according to a survey by the activist group. But according to the Yesha Council, which represents…

  • Diaspora Jews go to boot camp

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (JTA) — Nadia Kahn, 24, doesn’t fit the typical image of an Israeli soldier in boot camp. She’s petite (5 foot 1), half-Asian (on her mother’s side) and training to be an archaeologist. Yet Kahn spent the last two months wearing baggy army khakis, toting an M-16, sleeping in an army tent…

  • Israelis fly to Russia following air disaster

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) — Dozens of Israelis have flown to Russia for the grim task of helping identify the remains of relatives who died last week when a Russian airliner exploded in mid-air over the Black Sea. In addition, Israeli experts arrived Sunday in Sochi, Russia — the site near the Black Sea where…

  • Israelis fly to Russia following air disaster

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) — Dozens of Israelis have flown to Russia for the grim task of helping identify the remains of relatives who died last week when a Russian airliner exploded in mid-air over the Black Sea. In addition, Israeli experts arrived Sunday in Sochi, Russia — the site near the Black Sea where…

  • Car bombing as Israelis prepare for Sukkot

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. "People are scared," said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed…

  • Car bombing as Israelis prepare for Sukkot

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. “People are scared,” said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed…