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  • El Al offers one-day getaway for Israelis to shop in Europe

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (JTA) – Israelis who want to get away from it all will soon be able to fly to Europe for a day’s worth of fun and shopping. El Al, Israel’s national airline, has announced a new marketing campaign that will enable people to fly from Tel Aviv to London or Paris and…

  • Vigil marks end of mourning for victims of suicide bombing

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (JTA) – Dozens of Israeli women held a silent 24-hour vigil this week to commemorate the end of the 30-day mourning period for the victims of Sept. 4 triple suicide bombing at Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. Elana Rozenman, an immigrant from California, planned the vigil after her 16-year-old son, Noam, was…

  • Swastikas painted on walls of Reform synagogue in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) – The latest attack against a Reform institution in Israel has Reform leaders here greatly concerned. On Tuesday morning, the rabbi of Jerusalem’s Harel Reform Synagogue discovered that someone had painted swastikas and the words “Damned Wicked Ones” on the glass-enclosed billboard at the entrance to the temple. Rabbi Ariel Yoel…

  • Secular Israeli denied housing on campus at religious school

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) – At a time when five Orthodox students at Yale University are battling to live off campus, a secular Israeli student is fighting for the right to live on the campus of a religious university. Earlier this month, Bar-Ilan University told Cyril Amar, a 24-year-old immigrant from France with no family…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Young American Jews spend year in Israel despite terrorism

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 28 (JTA) – As he was preparing to fly to Israel on a year-long program run by the Young Judaea youth movement, Daniel Gottesman heard about the two recent suicide bombings in Jerusalem. Instead of canceling his trip, however, the 19-year-old from Houston eagerly flew to Israel in early September. “It’s tragic when…

  • Flap over mikvah prompts threat of Conservative boycott of hotel

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 18 (JTA) – Tensions between Orthodox and non- Orthodox Jews in Israel have found a new battleground – the mikvah. And Diaspora Jews once again have entered the fray. Dozens of Conservative rabbis and congregants in the United States have threatened to boycott the Dan chain of hotels in Israel on the grounds…

  • Rebuilding after attack, Reform school in Israel reopens its doors

    MEVASSERET ZION, Israel, Sept. 16 (JTA) – Just weeks after a firebomb nearly destroyed a Reform movement nursery school, Israelis have banded together to help reopen the school. But for one of the nursery’s teachers, the shock she experienced upon first discovering the charred school still persists. Aliza Landau, a child Holocaust survivor, thought she…

  • Netanyahu speech to UJA targets terrorism, not religious pluralism

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (JTA) – Security, not religious pluralism, dominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech this week before a delegation of major American Jewish donors. In an address Monday to members of the United Jewish Appeal’s Prime Minister’s Mission, Netanyahu focused on the obstacles standing in the way of peace in the region. He reiterated…

  • TERROR IN ISRAEL Ben Yehuda draws visitors who won’t give in to terror

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (JTA) – The mood was somber in Israel this week, just days after three suicide bombers struck on Jerusalem’s popular Ben Yehuda Street. The attack has left Israelis, and Jerusalemites in particular, in a state of anxiety, according to psychologist Tehila Blumenthal. “People feel a need to vent their feelings, to express…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Among the fallen youth of Israel: Grandchild of a late peace activist

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (JTA) – It was the first week of school, and a group of Jerusalem teen-agers had headed to Ben Yehuda Street in search of new supplies. Minutes later, two of them – Smadar Elhanan and Sivan Zarka, both 14 – lay dead. Their friend Daniella Birman was critically wounded. Within a heartbreaking…