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  • Young Israeli scientists head to US to showcase work from medicine to mechanics

    This story is sponsored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. When Elena Meirzadeh immigrated to Israel from Iran with her family at the age of 12, her priorities were perfecting her Hebrew and acclimating to life in a new country. Despite the language barrier and culture shock at moving from the Islamic Republic to…

  • Where troubled Orthodox youth go in Jerusalem (and why it’s near the pubs)

    This story is sponsored by the Orthodox Union. JERUSALEM – Hadas was just 11 when her mother began to suffer from postpartum depression so severe it rendered her incapable of caring for herself or her children. Her father and an older sibling moved out, leaving Hadas to care for her mother. “My mother didn’t raise me. I raised…

  • This ex-Israeli soccer player is fighting two cancers, but still focused on helping others

    This story is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. SAVYON, Israel – When Tamir Gilat, a former goalkeeper for the Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team, was diagnosed with two kinds of cancer in February 2011, his doctor advised him to put his affairs in order and cherish the remaining few months he had with his family. “My youngest daughter was…

  • Israeli scientists offer rays of hope in fight against skin cancer

    This story is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. JERUSALEM — The dog days of summer have arrived, and by now we all know the drill: Cover up, slather on the sunscreen or go back inside. With all the public awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, you’d think that skin cancer rates would be falling. They’re not. In fact,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Disabled Israeli teens offered chance to become B’nai Mitzvah

    TEL AVIV, Nov. 25 (JTA) – Hundreds of Israeli children celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs every week, and 13-year-old Asher Gorsky did not want to be an exception. In mid-November, Asher, a handsome but frail boy with a radiant smile, realized his dream before two dozen relatives and friends. Asher has cerebral palsy. He…

  • Live video of Western Wall will be available on Internet

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 (JTA) – If you’d like to see the Western Wall but can’t afford the plane fare, your computer terminal could be the next best thing. On Dec. 5, the first night of Chanukah, an Israeli multimedia company will launch a live video feed, via the Internet, from the Western Wall plaza. Avi…

  • ISRAEL TURNS 50 Independence jubilee kickoff may be postponed until spring

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (JTA) – Is Israel ready to celebrate 50 years of statehood? “The plans are in a state of chaos, and unless something is done very soon to put them back on track, it could be a disappointing year,” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said the budget…

  • Israeli media reveals extent of Jewish emigration from Iraq

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (JTA) – Iraq has permitted about 80 Jews to emigrate secretly during the past five years, according to an Israeli television report. Israel’s Channel Two television station reported Monday that the secret operation involved the payment of large sums of money to Iraqi officials, but provided no additional details. Most of the…

  • Call for rival Jewish Agency lacks broad political support

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (JTA) – Calls to create an alternative Jewish Agency for Israel to represent the interests of Orthodox Jews are not gaining much support. Shas Party leader Aryeh Deri and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Eliahu Bakshi- Doron have charged that the Jewish Agency is a bastion for the non- Orthodox movements and that its…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli women find `fulfillment’ as Orthodox prayer groups grow

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 21 (JTA) – Raised as an Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem, Dvori Ross went to synagogue on Shabbat mornings and listened to the Torah reading from the women’s side of the mechitzah, the divider that separates men and women in Orthodox congregations. The experience, she says, was frustrating. “I knew that I could read…