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  • Shavuot is a Harvest Festival: Use Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients

    Phyllis Glazer recalls a morning in the 1970s when she, her mother and three sisters packed a picnic lunch and drove to a kibbutz in an old Citroen. “It was one of those beautiful sunlit spring days in the hills of Menashe, in the Galilee,” says Glazer, author of “The Essential Book of Jewish Festival… More ▸

  • On Eve of Meeting, Divestment Issue Still Roiling Jewish-presbyterian Ties

    As Presbyterians across America gear up for their biennial assembly next month, the legacy of the last such meeting is still roiling the Jewish community and the church’s own members. Two years ago, the Presbyterian Church USA passed a resolution calling for "phased, selective divestment in multinational corporations operating in Israel." Those who long have… More ▸

  • Israel Votes 2006 for Settlers, Disappointment with Government, Public is Widespread

    Devorah Meitlis walks up a wind-swept hill leading to the small clubhouse-turned-polling station in this West Bank settlement, hoping her home here will still exist by the time of Israel’s next election. Tuesday’s vote, seen as a referendum on Israel’s future presence in the West Bank, shows that the public has forsaken its settler population,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Work becomes increasingly important to kibbutz members as they age, a new study found. That’s in contrast to the general Israeli population, where work becomes less significant as individuals grow older. “In kibbutz society, the idea of retiring and being pensioned off still has not taken root,” said the study’s author, Yifat Silber, a graduate… More ▸

  • Pouring Oil on Troubled Waters: Israeli Co-op Exports Arab Products

    In the village of Dabouria in the lower Galilee, Hadas Lahav is visiting Mohamed Malsalha, a producer of olive oil who has nearly four acres of olive trees. Lahav, an exporter, discusses growing conditions with Malsalha in Hebrew and fluent Arabic. She takes several vials of the oil to run tests for acidity and peroxide…. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Synagogue Offers Alternative to Orthodox Judaism in Brazil

    In a chic Rio de Janeiro suburb, a Jewish congregation occasionally holds services in mountainous tropical forest surrounding the city, at beaches that ring the city and at old colonial fortresses. Welcome to the Jewish Congregation of Brazil, where Rabbi Nilton Bonder has melded Conservative and Jewish renewal movement ideas to create a 550-member congregation… More ▸