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    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…

  • Snow falls in Israel

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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…