• News Brief

    Israel is setting up a fingerprint database in a drive to prevent identity theft among its citizens. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal to set up a “biometric database” that would pool the photographs and fingerprints of citizens when they apply for new passports and identity cards. “The reason for the… More ▸

  • Olmert’s Political Career Marked by Shift from Ideologue to Pragmatist

    The day after Ehud Olmert buried his own political career, he announced plans to commemorate Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the ideological proponent of Greater Israel whose vision Olmert has done much to bury. It was an odd closing of a circle: Olmert’s signature achievement may be how he guided his nation away from Jabotinsky’s vision of an… More ▸

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    El Al launched a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines. The agreement announced Tuesday will reduce fares for North American travelers in 25 cities. Flight transfers also will be smoother, Yoav Weiss, the Israeli airline’s deputy chief executive for marketing in North and Central America, told JTA. In terms of ticketing and boarding, “The passenger sees… More ▸

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    The number of South African immigrants to Israel has nearly doubled in the past year, the Jewish Agency said. According to agency data released this week, 300 South African Jews are expected to have made aliyah by the end of 2008, compared to 178 last year. “This is partially due to the current political situation… More ▸

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    An 88-year-old woman who was a passenger on the Exodus in 1947 immigrated to Israel. Frances Greenberg arrived in Israel Tuesday along with more than 200 other immigrants from North America on a flight charted by Nefesh B’Nefesh. Greenberg, was the only family member to survive World War II. After the Exodus was denied entry… More ▸

  • Emigres Get Along Swimmingly in Bid to Make Olympics Splash

    Droplets of water sliding down the Star of David tattoo on his right arm, the 22-year-old swimmer from Kansas City crouches into a diving position and listens for his coach’s call. "Boom," bellows Leonid Kaufman from the bleachers. Max Jaben plunges into the water, disappearing into its blueness only to emerge half a length later…. More ▸

  • Tales from the Crib: Jolie’s Jewish Ob-gyn Speaks

    Angelina Jolie brought her twins into the world on Shabbat. That fact may have been overlooked last Saturday by the thousands of media outlets covering the birth, which took place at Lenval Hospital’s Santa Maria Clinic. But the timing did not escape Dr. Michel Sussmann, Jolie’s Jewish obstetrician. Sussmann, a former vice president of Nice’s… More ▸

  • Ujc, Jewish Agency Press Olmert on Conversion Issue

    Diaspora Jews are stepping up pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to intervene in a dispute in Israel over conversions to Judaism. Leaders of the United Jewish Communities federation umbrella organization sent a sharply worded letter to Olmert on July 9 urging him to assign his Cabinet secretary “to oversee conversion.” At issue in… More ▸

  • Foreign Investors Look for Green in Israeli Clean-tech Ventures

    From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel’s growing clean tech sector. And it’s not just Jews. “Every day I get calls from people asking for opportunities to invest in clean technologies in Israel,” said Michael Granoff, president… More ▸

  • Meat Company’s Pr Firm Accused of Impersonating Rabbi

    The public relations firm trying to restore the image of the embattled kosher meat producer Agriprocessors is wrestling with a controversy of its own after being accused of impersonating online a leading critic of the company. The New York-based agency, 5WPR, is accused of making a fraudulent posting to several Web sites in the name… More ▸