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  • A Kashrut Quarrel in Netanya Holds Up Ethiopian Marriages

    The Ethiopian community in Israel is facing a “marital bottleneck” because the only rabbi prepared to conduct marriages between them is embroiled in a kashrut controversy in his city and has ceased performing marriages for the past two months. Rabbi David Chelouche, Sephardic chief rabbi of Netanya, says the seaside resort is being infiltrated by…

  • Immigrants Helping to Replenish Forests Ravaged by Winter Storms

    Known for its pristine beauty and clean mountain air, Biriya Forest in Galilee has traditionally been a favorite recreation spot for nature-lovers. This year, however, the first thing visitors to the 5,000-acre forest see is destruction: Tens of thousands of mature trees lie dead, as if they were discarded Popsicle sticks, while hundreds of thousands…

  • Winter Storm Buffets Israel

    A major storm buffeted Israel this week, dumping near record rainfall, blanketing Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in snow, blacking out power temporarily and causing at least one death. The storm blew in Tuesday night and by the following evening had drenched Ben- Gurion Airport in 14 inches of rain, the highest level in 54…

  • Driver Feared Drowned in Flood

    Navy divers and large police units continued to search for a driver feared drowned in a heavy storm Wednesday when his car plunged 10 feet into a collapsed roadway. Mark Kaplan, a 57-year-old mechanical engineer who emigrated from the Soviet Union four years ago, apparently was trying to drive over a flooded road near Nes…

  • Christopher Arrives in Israel, is Expected to Focus on Golan

    U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived here Monday evening amid expectations that his talks with Israeli officials would focus on the future of the Golan Heights, rather than the fate of the Palestinian deportees in Lebanon. Israeli officials said they were encouraged by public remarks made by the Syrians after discussions with Christopher in…

  • Arab Deportees Remain an Obstacle to Talks, Christopher Tells Israel

    The Arab states all want to resume the suspended Middle East peace talks, but the fate of the Palestinians deported to Lebanon is still a major obstacle, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher told Israeli leaders here Tuesday. As both Israelis and Palestinians staged demonstrations, Christopher met with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister…

  • Frigid Weather Claims a Life, Focuses Attention on Homeless

    With frigid weather here claiming the life of at least one homeless person over the weekend, attention has once again focused on the plight of the homeless in Israel. As temperatures plunged and snow, hail and rain fell around the country, the body of a homeless man was found in the backyard of an apartment…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israeli advertisers target fervently Orthodox market

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 18 (JTA) — When Pisga, an Israeli manufacturer of laundry products, wanted to expand its customer base, it turned to one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. Researching the market, the advertising firm, Gitam/BBDO, learned that Pisga was not a household name among some of Israel’s largest households — those of haredim, or…

  • Israel plunged into mourning in wake of helicopter collision

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 4 (JTA) — Israel has been plunged into deep mourning in the wake of what is the country’s worst air force disaster. At least 70 Israeli soldiers were killed Tuesday night when two army helicopters en route to the southern Lebanon security zone crashed in bad weather over an Israeli farming community in…

  • News Brief

    Heavy snow fell in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel. The snow closed down roads in much of the country.

  • Snow Closes Jerusalem Schools

    Parts of Israel became a winter wonderland this week. A snowstorm shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday, just two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country. Meteorologists said some 4 inches of snow fell on Jerusalem in eight hours, closing…

  • News Brief

    Israel got a taste of winter with a snowstorm that shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday. The snow came two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country.

  • Chanukah Feature: Menorah Madness Takes Off; Kitschy Kids’ Styles Proliferate

    How many ways can Mickey Mouse celebrate Chanukah? Five different Mickey menorahs, licensed from Disney, are now available to answer that question. If you’re more into Winnie-the-Pooh, there are two colorful menorahs displaying the whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood to choose between. And the latest this year in kids’ character menorahs is the…

  • CHANUKAH FEATURE Menorah madness takes off; kitschy kids’ styles proliferate

    NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (JTA) — How many ways can Mickey Mouse celebrate Chanukah? Five different Mickey menorahs, licensed from Disney, are now available to answer that question. If you’re more into Winnie-the-Pooh, there are two colorful menorahs displaying the whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood to choose between. And the latest this year…

  • Snow closes Jerusalem schools

    JERUSALEM, March 18 (JTA) — Parts of Israel became a winter wonderland this week. A snowstorm shut down Jerusalem and other parts of the country for several hours Wednesday, just two days after a sandstorm from North Africa blew up yellow dust all around the country. Meteorologists said some 4 inches of snow fell on…

  • Kurds storm Israeli consulate after arrest of separatist leader

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israel’s growing military ties with Turkey have embroiled the Jewish state in the Kurdish people’s 14-year-old separatist struggle against Turkey. That struggle reached the boiling point Tuesday when Turkey arrested the leader of the Kurdish separatists, Abdullah Ocalan, in Kenya. Kurdish protesters reacted with rampages throughout Europe, seizing consulates,…

  • Behind the Headlines: Israeli Medical Experts Make a Difference at Macedonia Camps

    Soaring above the sea of green and white canvas tents in this dusty, wind-swept refugee camp are a handful of Israeli flags. It is a jarring sight whose incongruity is compounded by the fact that just a stone’s throw away are the Germans. Approximately 700,000 Albanians from Kosovo are said to have been uprooted in…

  • News Brief

    A rare snowfall that hit Jerusalem is prompting city officials to advise residents not to operate their cars. Snow also fell in Israel’s northern region, including the mystical city of Safed. The storm, which brought heavy rain in other parts of the country, has helped replenish Israel’s drinking water supply, which had been dangerously low…

  • News Brief

    After a rare snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow on Jerusalem, roads leading to the city were clogged by unprecedented traffic jams caused by Israelis who wanted to see the snow. The swarm of sightseers created bumper-to- bumper traffic extending some 30 miles from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Israel, Palestinians prepare for all hell to break loose

    JERUSALEM, July 17 (JTA) — As their leaders are talking peace, many Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for war. They include not only militant Jewish settlers and members of the fundamentalist Palestinian Hamas movement, but also the Israeli army and the troops of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group. In recent weeks, Israeli intelligence…

  • Israel, Palestinians prepare for all hell to break loose

    JERUSALEM, July 17 (JTA) — As their leaders are talking peace, many Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for war. They include not only militant Jewish settlers and members of the fundamentalist Palestinian Hamas movement, but also the Israeli army and the troops of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group. In recent weeks, Israeli intelligence…

  • In Case Diplomacy Fails, All Sides Prepare for War

    As their leaders are talking peace, many Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for war. They include not only militant Jewish settlers and members of the fundamentalist Palestinian Hamas movement, but also the Israeli army and the troops of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah group. In recent weeks, Israeli intelligence officials and Palestinian activists have…

  • News Brief

    A winter storm diverted Israelis’ attention from coalition talks and the security situation. Strong winds and rain lashed the country, and a snow alert was in effect for the Golan, Galilee, Jerusalem and Samaria hills.

  • 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…