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Israeli women gymnasts train long and hard for Beijing games

By Dina Kraft

July 31, 2008 | 12:22 am

Ukranian-born Irina Risenzon, who immigrated to Israel,
practices her routine in preparation for the rhythmic
gymnastics competition at the Beijing Olympics.
Photo by Brian Hendle

NETANYA (JTA) -- On one side of a cavernous gym in Netanya, halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, six members of Israel's first Olympic rhythmic gymnastics team warm up in a circle, chatting... read full article
  • Yeshiva student apologizes, Obama’s prayer returned to Western Wall

    July 27, 2008 | 6:18 pm

    Updated July 27

    The yeshiva student who pried Barack Obama’s prayer note from the Western Wall apologized Sunday.

    Identified only by the first initial of his name, Alef, and with his face obscured, the student went on Israel’s Channel 2 television to confess that he took the...

  • Obama's note at the Western Wall asks for God's guidance [VIDEO]

    July 25, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    The Western Wall rabbi has condemned an Israeli newspaper for publishing a note Barack Obama left in the Wall.

    Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, visited Israel this week, and before leaving early Thursday morning, prayed at the Wall, the largest remnant of...

  • Sderot welcomes Obama

    By Dina Kraft

    July 25, 2008 | 1:34 am

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA) – At the New Age Beauty Salon in a run-down strip mall here, the manicurist and hairdresser swap opinions of Barack Obama, the latest in a series of high-profile visitors to come through this southern Israeli town.

    "Is there a chance I'll be able to give him a...

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  • Obama sounds both hawkish and dovish themes in Israel, Jordan

    July 23, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA)—During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process.

    In meetings with several Israeli leaders Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed his...

  • Briefs: Olmert vows to solve conversion crisis, Israel names first female U.N. envoy

    July 23, 2008 | 4:20 pm

    Ehud Olmert pledged to solve an Israeli conversion crisis prompted by a rabbinical dispute. The prime minister on Monday gave the government four months to address a recent decision by Israel's Rabbinical High Court to fire Rabbi Haim Druckman as head of a state-sponsored conversion...
  • Now that Obama is in Israel, what should we expect?

    By Ami Eden

    July 23, 2008 | 1:40 am

    Latest:

    Barack Obama arrived in Israel and stressed the historic ties between the United States and the Jewish state.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is on a Middle East and European tour aimed at shoring up his foreign policy credentials.

    “I want input and...

  • Copycat bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem injures 28

    By Mary Oster

    July 22, 2008 | 4:31 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—In an imitation of an attack nearly three weeks ago, an Arab construction worker rampaged through the streets of Jerusalem on a bulldozer, crushing cars and hitting a bus before being shot dead by Israeli border police.

    At least 16 people were injured in the attack...

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