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  • UJC mission takes U.S. Jews out of harm’s way

    U.S. Jews who had decided to brave the risk of terror by joining a United Jewish Communities’ Solidarity mission to Israel during the current Palestinian uprising never expected that their trip would take them out of harm’s way at home.

  • Technion hopes to get U.S. funding for stem cell research

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — As Congress debates the ethics of federal funding for stem cell research, scientists at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology hope some of the money will be headed their way. Federal funding would be a potential boon for Technion researchers, who have spent three years studying the beneficial stem…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — As Congress debates the ethics of federal funding for stem cell research, scientists at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology hope some of the money will be headed their way. Federal funding would be a potential boon for Technion researchers, who have spent three years studying the beneficial stem…

  • 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…

  • Israeli Druse resist pressure from cousins

    JERUSALEM, Aug 28 (JTA) — A group that has prided itself on its loyalty to Israel — and has served in the Israel Defense Force for 45 years — is now being pressured to abandon its military service. Earlier this month, the Druse leader in Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt, urged his compatriots in Israel not to…

  • Israelis feel besieged  but undeterred

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — When Stephanie Glick and her fiance, Yehuda Herman, came to downtown Jerusalem to look for engagement rings, they consciously avoided the corner of Jaffa and King George streets. It was there that a Palestinian suicide bomber stepped into a crowded Sbarro pizzeria earlier this month, detonating a bomb packed with…

  • 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…

  • Israel on diplomatic defensive

    JERUSALEM, July 31 (JTA) — With Prime Minister Ariel Sharon facing a potential war crimes lawsuit in Belgium, and Denmark calling for the arrest of Israel’s ambassador-designate, Israel is beginning to feel like the most unpopular kid on the block. After years of improved international standing following the signing of the Oslo peace accord with…

  • Maccabiah teams scrape to fill rosters

    JERUSALEM, July 23 (JTA) — “Israel’s in the house,” shouted a bleacher full of Black Hebrews, rooting for the Israel B team during a Maccabiah softball game this week against Venezuela. The softball game was full of ironies — like this year’s Maccbiah Games themselves. Israel’s softball players include Black Hebrews — African-American immigrants who…

  • 16th Maccabiah Games come to a close

    JERUSALEM, July 23 (JTA) — The 16th Maccabiah Games ended with a lot of fanfare, flaming batons and fireworks — and a sigh of relief from the organizers that the much-anticipated event had ended safely and without mishap. There were hundreds of police officers and soldiers surrounding the outdoor Jerusalem space where the event was…