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  • No stiff upper lip as U.K. Jews celebrate Israel @ 60

    By Amiram Barkat

    July 1, 2008 | 12:17 am

    LONDON (JTA)—With a pair of massive rallies for Israel held simultaneously in London’s Trafalgar Square and Manchester’s Heaton Park on Sunday, British Jewry may be signaling that its transformation is at hand.

    Some 30,000 participants attended the public shows of support for...

  • Israel @ 60: Confronting denial

    By Judea Pearl

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Each year, in preparation for Israel’s birthday, newspaper editors feel an uncontrolled urge, a divine calling in fact, to invite Arab writers to tell us why Israel should not exist.

    This must give them some sort of satisfaction, such as we might have in inviting officials of the...

  • Tale of the ‘Stranger’ leaps from book to musical

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It was 1985, and many of the Ethiopian Jews who'd been airlifted from Sudan were being housed in a hotel in Netanya, Israel. When writer Sonia Levitin entered the temporary nursery, she was particularly struck by all the babies and toddlers who'd been born since their families had...
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  • The transformation of Israeli food—from falafel to fennel

    By Judy Nathan

    May 21, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The 60th anniversary of the State of Israel is a good time to reflect on how this young country has progressed during its mere six decades of existence. Its economic growth, its leading role in technological advances and its presence in world affairs are all impressive, but most...
  • Israel and I: The first 60 years

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    By ship and plane, I've traveled to Israel 15 times over the last 60 years and, looking back, my relationship to the Jewish state has a certain Zelig-like quality.

    Zelig, you remember, was the Woody Allen character who popped up whenever and wherever some historic event was...

  • 18 essential Hebrew words and phrases

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In honor of Israel's 60th Birthday, we thought you should learn a few key words and phrases in Hebrew that will bring you closer to Israel's people and culture. This vocabulary will be useful on your next trip to Israel-- or on your next trip to Ventura Boulevard. Delight your...

  • A birthday gift

    By David Suissa

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Here we are, Jews in every corner of the world, awash in a frenzy of celebrations for Israel -- all because of a birthday. And not just any birthday, mind you, but one that ends in a zero.

    In a marketing-obsessed world, milestones give us an easy way to promote our brands. For...

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