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  • Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

    The latest Israel technology wasn’t developed at the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didn’t come from Israel at all. Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to help users locate and buy Israeli products, is the brainchild of Rabbi Daniel Cohen,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: A pressing debate, epistolary angst, curing Ebola with tobacco

    A pressing debate: Seasoned journalists Ethan Bronner and Matti Friedman debate whether there is disproportionate focus on Israel in the media. (NPR) Can tobacco cure Ebola?: As scientists scramble to find a treatment for Ebola, they may look toward the Israeli company CollPlant for its pioneering medical research on an unlikely plant: tobacco.  (Times of Israel) Epistolary angst: Israeli… More ▸

  • Fasten your seat belts: The drive-thru sukkah awaits

    Last week we reported on the pedi-sukkah — essentially a tricycle rickshaw with a sukkah attached, designed to bring the holiday of Sukkot to the people. But for those on-the-go types who prefer to travel through, rather than in, their (very) temporary dwelling, there’s another option: the drive-thru sukkah. Following the lead of Miami’s Bet… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Toppling crime, bordering on change, high school sukkah drama

    Toppling crime, building coexistence: In London, a volunteer band of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews has gained the appreciation of the locals, and its protection of local Muslims has garnered international praise. (AFP) Bordering on change: A grassroots Israeli organization is working to strengthen the ties between Israelis and Gazans living on the border. (Times of Israel) High school sukkah drama: At… More ▸

  • How open should Hillels be?

    In dueling JTA Op-Eds, Boston College senior Evan Goldstein argues with Hillel International’s chief, Eric Fingerhut, over how open Hillel chapters should be when it comes to Israel discourse. The Op-Eds come as the Open Hillel campaign — a student-led effort to change Hillel International’s rules barring partnerships with groups Hillel considers anti-Israel or anti-Semitic — holds its first-ever conference,… More ▸

  • Amar’e Stoudemire scoring for United Hatzalah

    In this season of good deeds, Amar’e Stoudemire is making a point. In the upcoming NBA season, United Hatzalah is hoping the New York Knicks’ standout scores plenty of them. Stoudemire, 31, has launched Amar’e Saves to promote a campaign that encourages youngsters to contribute to the Israeli ambulance service he has adopted as a… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Conversion ‘epidemics’ of the 20th century

    JTA recently published several stories about conversion to Judaism in the United States. But in JTA’s first few decades, conversion from Judaism was a more frequent occurrence, particularly in Europe. In a 1926 article, JTA reported on the exodus of some 20,000 Hungarian Jews since the end of World War I, describing it as a… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Protection or paranoia?, anti-hacker high school, Israeli photobomb

    Protection or paranoia?: Unjustified global hostility toward Israel has provoked an intense feeling of us vs. them among Israelis that can lead to a dangerous sense of self-righteousness, writes Shmuel Rosner. (N.Y. Times) Anti-hacker high school: Determined to become a cybersecurity superpower, Israel is investing in school computer science programs to prepare a new generation of soldiers in… More ▸