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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES New immigrants finding jobs through listings on Web sites

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) – Tobian Mount knows the value of using the Internet to search for a job in Israel. After moving from Colorado to Israel last December, he enrolled in an intensive Hebrew-language course and began his job search. Not yet fluent in Hebrew, Mount found it difficult to scan Israeli newspapers for…