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  • Two New Orthodox Girls Schools Push Egalitarianism in Jerusalem

    Two new cutting-edge schools that opened in Jerusalem this fall are pushing the envelope on modern Orthodox education in the Jewish capital – and challenging rival schools to follow suit. The Shalom Hartman Institute, a popular pluralistic Orthodox educational institution that already has a junior high and high school for boys, opened a girls school… More ▸

  • Tolerance is Still the Word on Revamped ‘sesame Street’

    Sunny days are sweeping the clouds away in the Middle East — with the help of a few furry neighbors. Even as it emerges that Hamas has been using a Mickey Mouse lookalike to indoctrinate young children for war against Israel, “Sesame Street” is returning to Israeli and Palestinian televisions. New Muppets are joining veteran… More ▸

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    A one-year Jewish girls school for high school graduates is opening this fall in western Massachusetts. About 10 women will be attending the inaugural year of the Lubavitch-run Beis Chaya Mushka Seminary in Amherst. More ▸

  • For Those Who Miss Israel, Tv Network Serves Home Cooking

    A new Israel-based television network is broadcasting programs to those in the United States and Canada who want to stay in touch with the Jewish state. The Israeli Network will feature three eight-hour segments every day — except Yom Kippur — drawing its programs from Israel’s Channel 1, Channel 2, Sports Channel and Educational Television,… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: `sesame Street’ Shows Muppets Can Help Play a Role in Peacemaking

    Cookie Monster and his friends are breaking down stereotypes Israeli and Palestinian children have of each other. That’s the conclusion of a group of educational media experts who met in Jerusalem this week to evaluate the first 18 months of “Rechov Sumsum/Shara’a Simsim,” the joint Israeli/Palestinian versions of the popular U.S. educational children’s television show… More ▸

  • Orthodox Women in Israel Join Debate over Their Role in Community

    More than 1,000 Orthodox women this week attended Israel’s first conference on the status of women in their community. Amid growing frustration on an array of issues, participants at the conference, sponsored by Bar-Ilan University and a nascent organization called Kolech, the Religious Women’s Forum, grappled with subjects ranging from the role of women in… More ▸

  • Youth Killings Stir New Debate over Violence in Israeli Culture

    Outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Premier-elect Ehud Barak visited the home of a Jerusalem family Sunday whose 15-year-old son was murdered last Thursday by another teen-ager. The visits came as increasing public attention in Israel was devoted to the growing wave of juvenile violence. The murder of Gilad Raviv in Jerusalem on June 10… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Israeli Gays March with Pride, Bolstered by Religious Opposition

    Amid fluttering flags and a festive atmosphere, Or Marouani-Panner, a heavyset woman in a baseball cap, is barking orders through a megaphone to gay groups gathering at Tel Aviv’s central square. Marouani-Panner, a lesbian and a professional events organizer, is running Israel’s first-ever gay and lesbian parade. The rainbow-colored flags and banners, international symbols of… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Muppets Cross the Street to Join Israelis, Palestinians

    When colorful Israeli and Palestinian muppets met on screen last week for the first time in a new joint production of “Sesame Street,” their reactions mirrored the mutual apprehension that exists in everyday life here. Haneen, an orange, female Palestinian muppet-monster was frightened by Kipi, a tall, Israeli porcupine, who towered over her like Big… More ▸