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  • U.S. Calls Israeli Woman, 55, for Duty — in Afghanistan

    Orli Avior is 55 with a grown daughter and sells homemade jewelry to keep herself busy — not the usual Israeli candidate for a sudden stint in the U.S. military reserves. But her U.S. passport lists her as Gigi Banjak, and when papers came to her Netanya home calling up Command Sgt. Maj. Banjak to… More ▸

  • Ort Schools in FSU Suffer Cutbacks

    Students in uniform dart in and out of the nondescript door of School No. 550, sandwiched between one of this river city’s iconic canals and the edge of its seediest market. The school seems to be perched on the edge of regal affluence, but it already has pitched headlong into the din of financial turmoil…. More ▸

  • 200 London Jews Attend Aliyah Meeting

    More than 200 Jews and Israelis living in London who are considering moving to Israel attended a meeting with Israeli tax experts. The large turnout at Tuesday’s meeting may be due to changes in Israeli tax laws that will enable people to live in Israel and continue their businesses abroad. About 50 people are expected… More ▸

  • Go North, $10 Million Aliyah Project Urges

    A $10 million initiative urging Jews to immigrate to Israel’s North was launched. Nefesh B’Nefesh, a nonprofit that provides incentives to Anglo-Jews to make aliyah, will work with the New Jersey-based Russell Berrie Foundation to help more than 1,000 Jews make the move over the next three years, the organizations announced Monday. The project also… More ▸

  • Pained but Resolute, Chabad Buries Emissaries

    Rabbis wept, women wailed and Chabad faithful called for avenging the tragedy in Mumbai with holiness and love as thousands gathered here Tuesday for the funerals of the two Chabad emissaries killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The mourners came together under a sun-drenched Israeli sky in this Chabad-Lubavitch town near Tel Aviv outside the… More ▸

  • Mumbai Terrorists Targeted Jews, Israelis

    The only Mumbai terrorist caught alive told an Indian newspaper that he and his colleagues were sent to target Israelis. Azam Amir Kasab, a Pakistani, told Indian police that the terrorists targeted the Chabad outreach center, known as the Nariman House, because it was frequented by Israelis, The Times of India reported Sunday. Israelis were… More ▸

  • Women Making Aliyah Among Mumbai Victims

    A woman scheduled to make aliyah was among those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad center. Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, a Mexican citizen, had plans to make aliyah Monday, joining two of her three children who had already immigrated to Israel. She was among five Israelis killed in the attack on the Nariman House…. More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Leaders Approve Major Cuts, Push Reform Plan

    Officials at the Jewish Agency for Israel are saying a $40.5 million budget cut and a radical restructuring ultimately will provide a major boost to its campaign to reorganize and expand its efforts beyond aliyah. The agency’s cuts from its $300 million core budget next year will include sweeping reductions in programs throughout the world… More ▸

  • Postville Jewish Community Struggles to Survive After Raid

    After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town’s Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial. All told, they were willing to put up the equivalent of about $2 million, according to the judge in… More ▸

  • New Indictments in Agriprocessors Case

    A federal grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Agriprocessors and its employees. The indictment, which was unsealed Nov. 21, included fresh charges against the kosher meat producer and named two former employees who had not been identified previously in connection with the case: Brent Beebe, a former operations manager, and Ze’ev Levi, who ran… More ▸