Asia

  • Op-ed: Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

    I recently participated in a moving experience — an enthusiastic rally held on the site of the proposed United States Embassy in the Talpiot section in the southern part of Jerusalem. The rally, which was held in conjunction with the Orthodox Union’s Biennial National Convention, had two objectives: To call for the U.S. government at… More ▸

  • FSU Chabad Emissaries Remember Holtzbergs

    Chabad emissaries across the former Soviet Union memorialized the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Many among the tight-knit group serving in synagogues and community centers across the former Soviet Union — the largest Chabad network outside Israel and Brooklyn — knew Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg. The Holtzbergs were killed in an… More ▸

  • Russia Synagogue Arson Suspect Arrested

    Officials in a central Russian city arrested a suspect in a synagogue arson case. In June 2005, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a broken window in the synagogue in Penza, and three teens were seen leaving the scene, according to a report by the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism. The… More ▸

  • Aronson to Guide Birthright Israel Foundation

    The outgoing leader of one of the country’s largest Jewish federations will head the Birthright Israel Foundation, the foundation announced. Robert Aronson, who announced this fall that he was stepping down as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit after 20 years at its helm, will take over as president and CEO of… More ▸

  • Rabbis: Israel Should Secure Chabad Houses

    An advisory group to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate called on the Israeli government to provide security to Chabad houses worldwide. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Chabad center in Mumbai, the Chief Rabbinate’s Council adopted a resolution Monday asking Jerusalem to finance security for the 3,000 Chabad houses around the world, saying… More ▸

  • Olmert Praises Indian Government, Military

    Israel’s prime minister praised the Indian government and military for their response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he was briefed frequently by security and intelligence officials who were “in close touch with the Indian government.” “At no stage were the issues of whether or not Israel should join the operation,… More ▸

  • Jordanian Prisoners in Israel Get Visit

    Jordanians were permitted to visit family members imprisoned in Israel. The visit by 37 Jordanians last week to a prison near Netanya was the third since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, according to a report Wednesday in the Jordan Times. The first was in 1999 and the second in 2006. The… More ▸

  • Israeli Chess Team Takes Silver

    Israel’s national team won its first medal ever in the international Chess Olympiad. The Israelis finished second to take the silver in the competition Tuesday night after defeating the Netherlands. Armenia won the gold medal for the second year in a row and the United States took the bronze. Some 140 teams participated in the… More ▸

  • Israeli Human Rights Group Honored

    An Israeli human rights group won a freedom award from a U.S. academic society. Gisha, which advocates for greater freedom of movement for Palestinians, won the Middle East Studies Association’s Freedom Award for its efforts to get Israeli authorities to allow Palestinian students in the Gaza Strip to leave to study abroad. Israel has imposed… More ▸

  • Israeli Surgeons Share Expertise in China

    – “Where is Yang’s heart?” Dr. Alona Raucher-Sternfeld cooed in Hebrew to 5-year-old Yang Bin as she prepared him for surgery aimed at repairing his tiny heart. As she danced her fingers on his belly, the language barrier disappeared and the boy’s previously defiant exterior melted into giggles. Yang Bin was one of about 80… More ▸