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  • Hillel Activists Gear Up for Israel Debate This Fall

    Ezra Billinkoff has an easy way about him, with his cropped red hair, funky glasses, wide grin and a T-shirt that boasts, “Everyone loves a Jewish Quaker.” But the 21-year-old president of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life at the University of Pennsylvania becomes serious when asked about his impending return to campus. “We… More ▸

  • After Violence in Northern Israel, Students Reconsider Study Abroad

    When the first rocket hit Haifa, David was sitting at his desk studying. Four days later, the medical student in the American program at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology was back home in Baltimore. The university canceled final exams after the Israel-Hezbollah war erupted in mid-July — and David, who asked that his… More ▸

  • Jewish Campus Groups Gear Up for Major Israel Advocacy Push

    Jewish organizations that work on American college campuses are preparing student leaders for what they expect will be a barrage of anti-Israel sentiment this fall. “It’s going to be very challenging, not like the past four years,” says Jonathan Kessler, leadership development director at American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the main pro-Israel lobby in the… More ▸

  • French Immigrants Are Proud, and Some Are Scared, to Arrive in Israel

    Lauren Allouche is trying not to think about it. “I’ve been preparing to move to Israel for several years,” the 19-year-old student said as she settled into the special charter flight from Paris. “Nothing, not the rockets from the Hezbollah, nothing, would force me to give up this dream.” Dafne Partouche agreed. “I’m not afraid… More ▸

  • Crisis in Lebanon Sends Israel Back to the Drawing Board in West Bank

    Just more than two weeks into the war in Lebanon, there is a growing consensus that one of the chief casualties will be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. Pundits on the right and left argue that the war in Lebanon and fighting with the Palestinians in… More ▸

  • In Israel’s North, Hotels Are Empty, While the South Reaps the Benefits

    With the fighting along Israel’s northern border showing no sign of letting up, Israel’s most popular summer tourist region has been turned into a battle zone. Tanks line roads normally filled with tour buses loaded with schoolchildren, Christian pilgrims and Orthodox Jews. Instead of the sounds of kids splashing in swimming pools and canyons, there… More ▸

  • As Fighting Goes On, European Jews Worry About Waning Support for Israel

    European Jewish officials are warning the Israeli government that public opinion in their home countries is threatening to turn Europe’s governments against Israel’s military operations in Lebanon. In meetings here Sunday with Israel’s defense and foreign ministers, European Jewish leaders urged the Israeli government to launch a full-court press in European capitals to maintain continued… More ▸

  • For American Jews, Current Crisis is Test of Their Connection to Israel

    Israel’s military operations in Lebanon may represent a greater test of American Jewry’s resolve and engagement with the Jewish state than of Israel’s military capacity. For more than two decades, observers of the Jewish scene have commented on the decline of American Jewish support for Israel. Studies in part confirm this shift away from the… More ▸

  • As Crisis Escalates, Programs in Israel Adjust to Keep Kids Safe

    Ever since rockets from Lebanon started pouring down on Israel, Emily Kramer has been able to think of only one thing: her sister. Kramer, 24, of New York City, says she talks to Samantha, 17, who is on a B’nai B’rith Youth Organization program to Israel, “like 100 times a day.” The rest of the… More ▸

  • Ooh Lah Lah! France and Israel Create Foundation for Cooperation

    After years of sometimes frosty relations, Israel and France have organized a foundation to promote cooperation. The Fondation France-Israel is a direct result of the visit by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to France in July 2005. After a joint decision by Sharon and French President Jacques Chirac, it was launched earlier this month during… More ▸