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  • Israel’s Heaviest Snowstorm Leaves Jerusalem in the Dark

    The snow that blanketed Jerusalem last week delighted children of all ages, but it also left the holy city in darkness and created numerous inconveniences for its residents. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites were without electricity for up to four days following power outages created by the snowstorm and the floods that occurred elsewhere in…

  • Worst Storm to Hit Israel Yet Causes Death and Destruction

    A new winter storm, described as the worst in many years, cut a swath of death and destruction across Israel this week. Jerusalem was paralyzed by a record snow-fall, which forced the Knesset to postpone an important vote Tuesday. Much of the rest of the country was immobilized by ice, snow, hail and torrential rains…

  • It’s Confirmed: Storms in Israel This Winter Were Worst of Century

    For the thousands of Israelis who endured the gamut of woes from annoying inconvenience to loss of property, injury and death, it may have been small consolation to learn that the succession of fierce storms which has hit their country — and much of the Middle East — this winter is a meteorological phenomenon unprecedented…

  • Body of a 5-year-old Boy Found, Casualty of Storm and Flooding

    The body of a 5-year-old boy was found Thursday afternoon at Kibbutz Sdot Yam, on the coastal plain, after nearly 7 feet of water were pumped from a drainage ditch into which he apparently fell. A search for Roi Signer had been under way since Wednesday morning, when the youngster wandered out of his kindergarten…

  • At Least 23 Killed in an Avalanche That Destroys Jerusalem Coffeehouse

    Arabs and Jews worked shoulder to shoulder in a 24-hour rescue operation that ended Sunday afternoon with the removal of at least 23 dead and 22 injured from an Arab coffeehouse in East Jerusalem that was buried under a mudslide Saturday. But the human solidarity shown in the face of tragedy did not last. Some…

  • 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…