Israel/Mideast

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: ‘There may be no solution’

“There may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on.” By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace — as his father-in-law Donald Trump said — he comes off as a reluctant savior. […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A silent crowd of thousands

Yom Hazikaron in Israel By CARMEN GARRIGOS My time spent at URJ Heller High in Israel was a semester filled with new and exciting experiences. There was always an adventure to be had, whether I was in class or climbing up a mountain with 60 of my closest friends. Every day was new and filled […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

American Jews vs. the Israeli government

American Jews really care about pluralism, but it’s not just about pluralism By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL (JTA) — The Great Jewish Revolt of 2017. The Bar Kotel Rebellion. The Diaspora Strikes Back. Whatever you call it, last week’s clash between American Jewish leaders and the Netanyahu government felt louder, angrier and more significant than previous clashes […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Yomi: A good dog’s good life

Raising Yomi the Canaan dog By CATHERINE ORKIN OSKOW Yomi was born in our home November 29, 2003. Her mother Nafti was our daughter’s special dog; her father Barak, an Israel-born Canaan dog, champion in four countries. Right before the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America (ICDCA) National Show, Nafti’s ultrasound showed no pups. Barak […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Israel gave Trump the royal treatment

Trump’s visit to Israel brings him multiple standing ovations, while troubles mount back in the States By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump must have felt like he was back behind his desk at Trump Tower. During his whirlwind visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. leader […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Kaddish for the Syrian dead

Recalling lessons of Passover, Israelis pray for their Syrian ‘enemies’ By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — At a Shabbat service in Tel Aviv on Friday evening, congregants recited the mourner’s prayer for those killed in Syria’s civil war. Standing before a mural of the Tree of Life, the rabbi of Beit Daniel, the largest […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A taste of Ethiopian Jewish culture

Rebecca Avera represents Israel to the Jewish community in Las Vegas By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Rebecca Avera is a patriotic Israeli, although she has participated in protests against government policies. Her loyalty owes in large part to her parents’ dream of aliya. Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community, they fled their homeland amid war and repression. […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Omri Casspi runs with the Wolves

The first and only Israeli in the NBA comes to Minnesota and ponders his basketball future By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Life in the National Basketball Association has its ups and downs. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA, was with the Sacramento Kings this season, then found himself part of a trade, […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Partisanship carries the day at AIPAC confab

Republican and Democratic party leaders trade partisan shots at AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders tussled on the AIPAC stage on the final day of its policy conference over which party’s prescriptions were better for Israel. The display of partisanship on Tuesday morning, hours before […]

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Alleged culprit in JCC bomb threats arrested

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a […]