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  • Education minister has old-new project: Zionism

    JERUSALEM, April 23 (JTA) – As Israel celebrates its 53rd birthday, Education Minister Limor Livnat wants future generations of Israeli children to have textbooks that reflect the Zionist dream at the heart of the nation’s creation. In most countries, it might be self-evident that the school curriculum should reinforce national pride, but Livnat is fighting…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    JERUSALEM, April 16 (JTA) – “We’re not freiers,” read the signs held by T-shirted reserve soldiers sitting in a makeshift army tent outside the Tel Aviv train station. In Hebrew slang, a freier is a fool, a pushover, someone who can be suckered into anything. These days, increasing numbers of Israeli reservists feel like the…

  • E.U., Israel tussle over West Bank products

    JERUSALEM, April 10 (JTA) – When British-born Peter Wiseburgh established Soda-Club Enterprises in 1991, he probably didn’t expect to be part of a spat with the European Union over Israel’s borders. Wiseburgh’s Israeli company wanted to export in-home carbonation systems that turn tap water into sparkling water. It chose to establish a production plant in…

  • U.S. feminists find sisterhood at Western Wall

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 30 (JTA) — It’s been 12 years since Women of the Wall began meeting to pray at the Western Wall, but a recent prayer session was particularly poignant for several U.S. Jewish feminist leaders reciting the morning blessings. “Listening to these women sing together, it absolutely ran through me,” said former New York…