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  • For Israelis, U.N. forum renews fears of persecution

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — Israelis had little time to savor, with grim gratification, the United States’ walkout from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism early this week. Early the following morning, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hospital in downtown Jerusalem, gravely injuring a policeman and wounding a dozen passers-by. While…

  • For Some Israelis, U.N. Forum Revives Memories of Persecution

    Israelis had little time to savor, with grim gratification, the United States’ walkout from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism early this week. Early the following morning, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hospital in downtown Jerusalem, gravely injuring a policeman and wounding a dozen passers-by. While Israel was raked over the…

  • For Israelis, U.N. forum renews fears of persecution

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — Israelis had little time to savor, with grim gratification, the United States’ walkout from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism early this week. Early the following morning, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hospital in downtown Jerusalem, gravely injuring a policeman and wounding a dozen passers-by. While…

  • News Brief

    Israel braced for a winter snowstorm. Snow began falling Sunday in northern Israel. Snow-plowing teams were also put on alert in Jerusalem.

  • News Brief

    The western entrance to Jerusalem was closed to traffic Monday because of snow. Heavy snow was expected to continue falling on Jerusalem throughout the night.

  • News Brief

    Heavy rain and snow that fell last week in northern and central Israel raised the level of the Sea of Galilee by more than 6 inches. According to the Jerusalem Post, rising waters in the Jordan River and its tributaries, as well as from streams leading down from the Galilee and the Golan, are expected…

  • Lion statues roar in Jerusalem

    Joining the international club of cities that have turned their streets into art galleries, Jerusalem chose as its symbol the logo of the City of Jerusalem, the Lion of Judea. The project has captured the imagination of Jerusalemites, especially children,

  • Arts & Culture Lion Statues Bring Welcome Roar to Residents of Besieged Jerusalem

    Wherever you go in Jerusalem these days, full-size lions stand silently on guard. On busy street corners in the center of the city, in the middle of flower-filled round-about, in front of the magnificent Jerusalem Theater, at several approaches to the colorful flag-filled City Hall Square you’ll come upon one of the 80 stately lions,…

  • Obituary Jewish Community Stunned by Sudden Death of Sen. Wellstone

    American Jewish leaders are mourning the tragic sudden death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, a two-term Democrat from Minnesota almost universally lauded as a “mensch.” Wellstone, 58, a Jew known for his liberal views on domestic and Middle East issues, died in a plane crash last Friday in Eveleth, Minn., less than two weeks before a…

  • Israeli voters apathetic

    During the last prime ministerial elections, fights broke out between party activists. This year, voters seem strangely apathetic. As one heckler shouted at a Likud rally, “The street is asleep!”

  • Israel Votes 2003 Days Before Election, Israelis Still Turned off by Choices and Scandals

    Campaign activity is peaking days before Israel’s Jan. 28 election, but voters still are showing a marked lack of interest. During the February 2001 prime ministerial elections, fights broke out at major intersections between party activists vying for better position to hand out flyers or posting banners. Bumper stickers were slapped on anything with a…

  • News Brief

    Israel braced Sunday for a severe winter storm that was expected to dump snow on hilltops in the north and center of the country, including Jerusalem. Weather forecasters predicted heavy rains, strong winds and plunging temperatures, along with the snow that was expected to begin falling in the north on Monday night.

  • News Brief

    Snow blanketed portions of Israel on Monday. Because of heavy snow in the north, the Hermon ski resort and roads leading to the Golan Heights were closed. In Jerusalem, which witnessed major traffic jams, schools closed at 2 p.m.

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    Jerusalem building inspectors closed down Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market on Thursday due to concerns roofs would collapse under snow. Meanwhile, schools remained closed in the capital for a third straight day.

  • Israeli Diplomat Drops Niceties and Damages Suicide-bomber Art

    The blood was fake, but the diplomatic spat over a Swedish art exhibit depicting a Palestinian suicide bomber was very real. The incident that sparked the brouhaha occurred last week at a genocide conference in Stockholm. The conference was supposed to be free of references to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a tacit deal watched closely…

  • Grocer, High Schoolers and Soldier Among Victims of Jerusalem Terror Blast

    For Shoshi Yosef, the political became much too personal. As secretary to the Israeli consul general in The Hague, Yosef had prepared for around-the-clock advocacy work this week against the International Court of Justice’s hearings on the West Bank security fence. Instead, she found herself back in Israel on Monday to bury her brother, Yehuda…

  • Chagall becomes a tourist attraction

    Once shunned for leaving the Soviet Union for Paris, Marc Chagall has undergone a remarkable posthumous rehabilitation in Belarus, where his birthplace has become a tourist destination.

  • After Decades of Neglecting Chagall, Vitebsk Uses Him As Tourist Attraction

    There’s no business like Chagall business. At least, not in the hometown of the legendary surrealist. Shunned by the Soviet authorities for his leaving the “worker’s paradise” of the Soviet Union for the artistic incubator of Paris, Marc Chagall has undergone a remarkable posthumous rehabilitation in his Belarussian birthplace. The charming provincial city of Vitebsk,…

  • Israeli Terror Victims Visit Ireland As Irish Fans Flock to Israel for Game

    When they heard that Ireland would be playing Israel in a qualifying match for soccer’s World Cup, thousands of Irish soccer-lovers rushed to book their Easter holidays in Tel Aviv. Ireland is one of Europe’s wettest countries, so the thought of supporting the “boys in green” in a land of warmth and sunshine was too…

  • Is Matisyahu too white for reggae?

    As Chasidic reggae artist Matisyahu’s second album tops sales charts, some critics raise questions of cultural appropriation. Others venture that the singer may have found a perfect marketing hook.

  • Olmert and Bush Meet in the Middle, Agree on Unilateral Moves As Second Best

    One quality President Bush was looking for in Ehud Olmert during their marathon meeting this week was how well Israel’s new leader is able to stop, breathe and listen. Bush administration officials, while clearly focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, want to slow down a process that seems to be careening out of control, both in…

  • Shavuot is a Harvest Festival: Use Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients

    Phyllis Glazer recalls a morning in the 1970s when she, her mother and three sisters packed a picnic lunch and drove to a kibbutz in an old Citroen. “It was one of those beautiful sunlit spring days in the hills of Menashe, in the Galilee,” says Glazer, author of “The Essential Book of Jewish Festival…

  • News Brief

    Snowstorms froze much of Israel. Winter blizzards brought heavy snow to the Jewish state Wednesday, from Mount Hermon in the North to Jerusalem to the Negev Desert in the South.

  • Israeli Quandary over Sudanese: Let Them Stay or Send Them Away

    With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed and Fatima, and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai. Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, they were warned by their Bedouin smugglers, whom they paid with money borrowed from Sudanese friends….

  • Israel torn over Sudanese refugees

    Sudanese refugees fleeing the genocide in Darfur are crossing illegally into Israel, providing a moral dilemma for the Jewish state. In a six-part special series, JTA delves behind the scenes, exploring Israel’s options in dealing with the humanitarian

  • Seders reach isolated community

    Russian-speaking emissaries brought Passover seders to an isolated community eager to learn Jewish rituals, part of a recent Chabad push to use Russians rather than foreigners as emissaries in the former Soviet Union.

  • Russian-speaking Emissaries Bring Seders to an Isolated Community

    Approximately 5,250 miles from Zabars in New York City, 5,680 miles from Jerusalem — and, in April, still resting peacefully under several feet of fresh snow — Kamchatka may be the last place in the world you’d expect to find a Jew diligently grating maror for a seder. Nonetheless, it was in this regional capital…

  • After Winograd: Now what?

    Now that “failure” is officially stamped on Ehud Olmert’s management of last summer’s war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the question is: What happens now?

  • Yosef Begun making up for lost time

    Yosef Begun often thinks back to the long, hard years of imprisonment and struggle for Soviet Jews. Struck even now by the Soviet regime’s success in stopping Jewish life, he feels a personal mission to make up for this lost time.

  • Snow falls in Israel

    Several inches of snow fell in Jerusalem and other mountainous areas in Israel.

  • News Brief

    Israel was bracing for major snowstorms. Municipal authorities in Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and other Israeli highland areas went on alert Tuesday for blizzards expected overnight. The snowstorms were preceded by gale-force winds that snarled traffic and, at one point, prompted Ben Gurion Airport to turn away several incoming flights. A ship in Haifa port…

  • Terror victims defend lawsuits

    Americans who were victims of terrorist attacks in Israel are pushing back against reported Bush administration plans to counter successful lawsuits against the Palestinian Authority.

  • News Brief

    The second snowstorm of this winter hit Israel. At least 10 inches of snow draped Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and other highland areas of Israel early Tuesday, turning large parts of the Jewish state white for the second time this winter. The storm was expected to clear up by Wednesday. In affected areas, schools were…

  • Terrorism and mourning

    Readers of Chabad.org offer their own reminiscinces of Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, the two Lubavitch emissaries killed in last week’s attacks. I Will Always Miss You Elias (Eliyahu) Samuel Ghosalkar, Mumbai I am a Jew residing in Mumbai who was a close friend of Rabbi Gavriel and his family. I have been shattered by the…

  • Amid hedonistic indulgence, Jews search for meaning at Burning Man

    Ben Harris, aka “The Wandering Jew,” reports on Jewish life at Burning Man, an annual festival that attracts more than 40,000 people, or “burners,” to a post-apocalyptic landscape in the Nevada wilderness for an experiment in temporary community and radical self-sufficiency.

  • Snow falls on Israel

    Snow piled up on the Golan Heights and in the Galilee, and dusted Jerusalem as rain, hail and strong winds swept the rest of Israel.