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Jews by Choice bolster ties with first Israel mission

By Rachel Heller

October 10, 2008 | 12:32 am

Judaism by Choice board members Jill Sperling and Misty Zollars
with Miller Introduction to Judaism program director Rabbi Neal
Weinberg. Photo by Rachel Heller

Misty Zollars knew she wanted to be Jewish ever since she was 13, when her best friend invited her to her first Passover seder.

"I found the afikoman, and I knew I was going to be a Jew,"... read full article

  • Anger greets Olmert’s concessions on Golan, West Bank, Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 6, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Rosh Hashanah-eve interview in which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel should give up the Golan Heights for peace with Syria and nearly all of the West Bank for peace with the Palestinians has sparked a political storm in Israel.

    Prime...

  • Vatican invites rabbi to speak; IDF using Facebook to catch draft dodgers

    October 1, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    The Vatican for the first time invited a rabbi to speak at its World Synod of Bishops.

    The Oct. 6 address by Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the chief rabbi of Haifa and the co-chair of the Israeli-Vatican Dialogue Commission, marks the first time that such an invitation was extended to a...

  • Can Livni form a coalition or are elections next?

    By Leslie Susser

    September 25, 2008 | 12:37 am

    With her primary victory in hand, prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni now has six weeks to form a government and stave off new elections. Theoretically, if she cannot form a government, President Shimon Peres could give someone else a chance before calling an election.

    But there is...

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  • Clash of ‘right and right’ festers in Jordan Valley

    By Daniel Heimpel, Contributing Writer

    September 25, 2008 | 12:29 am

    A tragedy, as defined by Amos Oz, one of the Israel's most outspoken advocates of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is "a clash between right and right." In the northernmost corner of the West Bank, Oz's maxim holds true; it is a place where wronged are...
  • Report: Respect for religious freedom down in Israel; Grandfather, mother charged in girl's murder

    September 24, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Report: Respect for Religious Freedom Fell in Israel

    Respect for religious freedom in Israel has declined, according to a new U.S. State Department report.

    An increase in "societal abuses and discrimination" against "some evangelical Christian groups as well as Messianic Jews" has...

  • Ehud Olmert era comes to ignominious end

    By Uriel Heilman

    September 22, 2008 | 10:23 pm

    (JTA) – A day after Ehud Olmert formally submitted his resignation as prime minister, Israeli President Shimon Peres officially tapped his Kadima Party successor, Tzipi Livni, to form a new government.

    Livni now has 42 days to put together a coalition government. Though Olmert...

  • Arab attacker strikes in Jerusalem; dozen injured, terrorist killed

    September 22, 2008 | 7:05 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Arab assailant plowed a vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem before being shot dead.

    Two soldiers were moderately injured and more than a dozen others suffered slight injuries. The driver was killed by a soldier at the scene.

    The soldiers, who...

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