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Uriel Heilman

  • Israelis prod Shoah Claims Conference for bigger share

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli coalition, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset's pensioner affairs minister, is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution...
  • Golan’s Druse live with hope and anxiety

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a darkening sky in the northernmost corner of the Golan Heights, a small crowd gathers at the town square in this Druse village late in the afternoon and unfurls a few Syrian flags.
     
  • Post-war belt-tightening: Israel could cut Falash Mura dreams in half

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's Finance Ministry is proposing substantial cuts to Ethiopian immigration next year as part of widespread belt-tightening following Israel's war in Lebanon.
     
    The plan, announced on Sept. 5 as part of Israel's proposed budget for 2007, would halve the number of Ethiopian...
  • War Takes Environmental Toll

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As the people of northern Israel finally return to their homes, they're going back to more than empty streets, freshly dug gravesites and a beefed-up military presence.

    They're also coming home to a radically altered physical landscape. Devastated by fires sparked by Katyusha...

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  • Northern Israeli Hotels Feel the Pinch

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    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. Instead of the sounds of kids splashing in swimming pools and canyons, there is a constant booming of artillery shelling...

  • Sderot’s Kids Living in Fear

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Shir Lazmi says she loves going to school. Why? Because she's not really allowed to go anywhere else.

    That's because Shir lives in Sderot, where months of intense rocket fire by Palestinians from the nearby Gaza Strip have all but confined schoolchildren like her to...

  • NGOs Feel Sting of Hamas Ban

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly three months since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority, Western governments aren't the only ones trying to figure out how to deliver aid to the increasingly needy Palestinian population without inadvertently supporting its extremist government.

    Nongovernmental...

  • Palestinians Unimpressed With Kadima Win

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The day after an historic election that realigned Israel's political landscape, little has changed at the Kalandia Checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah.

    Palestinians still file past well-armed Israeli soldiers, bulldozers still work on closing gaps in the 20-foot high concrete...

  • Tracks of an Ethiopian Exodus

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.

    But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...

  • To the Promised Land

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • The Ones Left Behind

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • Record Gift Given to Boston Day Schools

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish educators hope one of the largest gifts ever for Jewish education in America will prompt other philanthropists to follow suit.

    The $45 million donation from a group of anonymous families is intended to improve Jewish day school education in Boston. The money will be spent...

  • Israelis Sue Over Sept. 11 Arrests

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Paul Kurzberg, an Israeli from Pardess Hanna, was in the office of his New Jersey moving company on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

    Like many Israeli movers in the New York area, Kurzberg, who was in his late 20s, was not legally authorized to work...

  • 5764: A Year of Pain and ‘Passion’

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It seems there was nothing American Jewish communal officials wanted more than for 5764 to be a year of Jewish passion.

    As it happened, it was the year of "The Passion of the Christ," with Jews demonstrating the mix of passion and passivity that has come to characterize American...

  • Pressure on Aiding Ethiopians Grows

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Increased pressure from officials of American Jewish organizations is driving preliminary talks on a new deal to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel before famine takes a heavy toll on the community remaining in Ethiopia.

    Coming on the eve of a federation-sponsored trip to...

  • French Jews Brace for More Violence

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One recent Friday night in a Paris suburb, Gerard Benichou was walking home from synagogue services when an Arab assailant, yelling "dirty Jew," jumped him from behind and began pounding his face.

    His nose was broken, and he was taken to the hospital. That night, Benichou went to...

  • Singer Packs Seniors With Old School Hits

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Thousands of screaming girls. Packed nightclubs. Love-crazy fans. Ron Gartner has seen it all.

    That is, on television, of course.

    In real life, Gartner is an up-and-coming singer who, while not exactly drawing the sorts of crowds that come to Eminem shows, is packing the social...

  • The Ethics of War

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. House and Senate voted last week to pass resolutions authorizing the use of military force against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the domestic political debate surrounding the war issue was brought to rest, at least for the time being. But for many people across the...

  • Argentina: A Crisis-Stricken Community Struggles to Survive

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a season of difficult choices for many Argentine Jews.

    Once-wealthy parents suddenly must decide whether they can afford the luxury of private religious schooling for their children. Congregational rabbis have to figure out which of their synagogue programs to cut and how...

  • Passover Rescue

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Five months ago, Beatrice Ballageure was struggling to make ends meet as a single, 47-year-old Jewish woman living in the capital city of an economically depressed Argentina. She had lost her job several months earlier, but she owned her own apartment and had enough money in the bank...

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