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  • 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 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.