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  • Israel ‘s diamond trade in the rough

    JERUSALEM, June 5 (JTA) — A diamond may be forever, but Israel’s steady supply of rough, uncut diamonds may not be. Sweeping changes in the global diamond industry and political turmoil in gem-producing African nations are causing dealers in the Israeli diamond trade to rethink their strategy. Israel long has been an established leader in…

  • Few competitors or spectators for Maccabiah

    JERUSALEM, July 19 (JTA) — There were few spectators cheering when Lev Chiterman, 49, came chugging down the track to win the gold medal in Thursday’s 10,000-meter race. The Russian runner doesn’t speak much English — or Hebrew, for that matter — but officials of the 16th Maccabiah Games dug up a few local Russian…

  • Maccabiah Games get underway

    If the Super Bowl ever were held in Jerusalem, it might look something like the opening night of the 16th Maccabiah Games. Flying acrobats, floating nymphs, dancing mascots and more than 2,000 athletes paraded up and down the playing field of Jerusalem’s

  • Maccabiah Games get underway

    If the Super Bowl ever were held in Jerusalem, it might look something like the opening night of the 16th Maccabiah Games. Flying acrobats, floating nymphs, dancing mascots and more than 2,000 athletes paraded up and down the playing field of Jerusalem’s

  • Israeli doves rethink strategy

    The past nine months of Mideast violence have forced Israel’s peacenik groups to re-evaluate their policies. The more moderate groups have grown disillusioned with Palestinian violence. The radicals, however, are finding it hard to restrain from saying, “

  • Israeli doves rethink strategy

    The past nine months of Mideast violence have forced Israel’s peacenik groups to re-evaluate their policies. The more moderate groups have grown disillusioned with Palestinian violence. The radicals, however, are finding it hard to restrain from saying, “

  • Zionist ‘martyr’ reinterred in Israel

    Eight decades after he was murdered in Ukraine, a Zionist educator has finally reached the Promised Land. The remains of Professor Israel Friedlander, murdered while on a mission for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1920, were discover

  • Zionist ‘martyr’ reinterred in Israel

    Eight decades after he was murdered in Ukraine, a Zionist educator has finally reached the Promised Land. The remains of Professor Israel Friedlander, murdered while on a mission for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1920, were discover

  • Maccabiah athletes: Let the Games begin!

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year’s Maccabiah Games. “The Maccabiah makes a statement. It’s about representing a world of Jew

  • Israel develops a new export: security classes for professionals

    JERUSALEM, May 7 (JTA) – Poli, an attorney from Munich, Germany, decided to train as a security officer after his best friend was killed in a terrorist attack in an Egyptian coffee shop. “I wanted some peace of mind, the knowledge that I could defend myself and my family, if the situation should arise,” said…