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  • Back to Beit Shemesh, where non-haredis are fighting another battle of retreat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    The city of Beit Shemesh has become a symbol of tensions between Israel's Haredi communities and its non-Haredi (secular but also Zionist-religious) communities. Three years ago, the city received headlines because of an ugly incident in which radical Haredis harassed young school...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    August 19, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Beit Shemesh mayor condemns attack on woman for modesty

    April 2, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul condemned an attack on a woman by a haredi Orthodox man who accused her of not being dressed modestly enough.

    Abutbul issued a statement Tuesday condemning the attack of last week.

    “I strongly condemn this violent incident, something that is...

  • Paris Jew’s reburial in Israel ends legal battle

    October 30, 2013 | 11:11 am

    A Jewish celebrity art dealer who died in 1870 in France was reburied in Israel after his body was exhumed from his Paris grave due to property laws.

    The funeral for Jacob Giacomo Tedesco on Sunday in Beit Shemesh marked the end of a seven-year legal fight led by his relatives to...

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  • In Israel’s local (re)elections, implications for the national scene

    October 23, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The international press may have paid less attention this time around, but Israel held its second set of elections within one year yesterday – this time voting for mayors and city councils.

    Israelis, for their part, seemed to share the rest of the world’s apathy for this ballot....

  • Woman from Beit Shemesh bus: I was willing to sit in the back

    August 1, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    The woman at the center of attacks by Charedi Orthodox men on public buses in Beit Shemesh told an Israeli newspaper that she was willing to move to the back of the bus after being asked.

    Rachel Rosenfeld told Israel’s daily Haaretz on Thursday that she sat down in the front seat...

  • Charedi men attack after woman refuses to move to back of bus

    July 31, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Haredi Orthodox assailants in Beit Shemesh smashed the windows of a bus after a woman refused to sit apart from men.

    The trouble began Wednesday afternoon when a haredi man demanded that a female passenger move to the back of the crowded public bus in Beit Shemesh, a sprawling...

  • Religious conflict in Beit Shemesh yields to fragile peace amid coexistence efforts

    February 14, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Next to the Modern Orthodox Orot Banot girls school in Beit Shemesh, fresh mounds of dirt and a huge hole in the ground indicate the spot where a community center is being built.

    Orot Banot was at the center of conflict between local haredi Orthodox extremists and Modern Orthodox...

  • Beit Shemesh segregation signs removed

    July 5, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    A sign calling for women to avoid using sidewalks in order to avoid contact with men was removed from a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh.

    The sign was removed Wednesday night after a complaint from a female city resident, Nili Phillip, who told the Ynet news site that she has been the...

  • Woman attacked for immodest dress

    June 21, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    Haredi Orthodox men threw stones at a woman and her baby who were shopping in Beit Shemesh.

    The men shouted that the woman was not dressed modestly enough, Haaretz reported. The incident occurred on Wednesday.

    Two Haredi Orthodox women helped the woman and her baby escape the attack by ushering them to a nearby store.

    The woman’s care was damaged by the stones.

  • Jessica Fishman’s Sad Story and the Threat to Israel’s Civil Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 10, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Jessica Fishman’s story will break your heart. She is a young Jewish woman from Minnesota whose father was President of their Conservative synagogue and mother was President of Hadassah. Jessica was a Jewish day school student and attended services every Shabbat. As a teen she...

  • Opinion: Who are the Charedim?

    February 8, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    The disturbing recent episode involving the harassment of an 8-year-old Orthodox girl in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, and the ongoing controversy over separate seating for women on public buses in Jerusalem and elsewhere, has focused new attention on that group of Jews known as...

  • Girls’ faces blurred in toy store ad in Beit Shemesh

    February 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The faces of young girls modeling Purim costumes in a toy store ad were blurred in a haredi Orthodox newspaper in Beit Shemesh.

    The Red Pirate toy store chain said the ads in the Hadash BeBeit Shemeh newspaper were altered without its knowledge, Ynet reported. The faces of boys in...

  • Opinion: Right Is wrong

    February 1, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    Much has already been written about the horrifying scenes of violence, extremism and chilul Hashem (desecration of God’s name) taking place in Israel these past weeks — indeed these past years; but something more needs to be said. 

    The images and reality of grown men,...

  • Opinion: Haredi leaders must speak out against zealots

    January 30, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    The recent violence in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood has led me to speak out against the so-called “sikrikim” in the harshest possible terms, equating their actions to terrorism. Sikrikim is the name given to a fringe anti-Zionist vigilante group, loosely...

  • Woman assaulted by haredi men in Beit Shemesh

    January 24, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A woman hanging posters for Israel’s national lottery was assaulted by haredi Orthodox men in Beit Shemesh.

    The men reportedly surrounded her car, slashed her tires and stole her car keys. A stone thrown at the car hit the woman in the head.

    The posters did not contain any photos...

  • Letters to the Editor: Beit Shemesh, Lord Sacks, Ron Paul, City Guide

    January 11, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    Fanatics Are Not Observant Jews

    The opening paragraph of the article “Israel’s Religion Minister Fears Jewish Divides” (Jan. 4, jewishjournal.com) reads as follows: “Israeli society could be torn apart if disputes between ultra-Orthodox and less observant Jews continue to...

  • Opinion: The response to extremist Judaism lies within Judaism

    January 11, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    In an attempt to better understand the problem that arose as a result of the recent events in Beit Shemesh — the one that succeeded to light a fire under so many people — most of us always return to our comfort zone by declaring that the problem lies in the Jewish religion. But...

  • Beit Shemesh Women Flashmob

    By JewishJournal.com

    January 9, 2012 | 11:43 am

    On Friday, Jan 6th, 2012, a group of 250 women from Beit Shemesh decided to raise their voices against the exclusion of women from the public domain by holding a mass public dance in the city square. The women, residents of the city from all ages and sectors, religious, traditional...

  • Opinion: Will Beit Shemesh lead to erosion on Capitol Hill?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    January 3, 2012 | 11:55 am

    A compelling threat to the survival of a democratic Jewish state does not come from the Arabs or the Iranians but from within. Its repercussions threaten to reach far beyond the gender segregated sidewalks and buses of some Israeli cities to the heart of the Diaspora.

    ...
  • Where do Israeli haredim stand on haredi violence?

    December 30, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. It’s subject was an 8-year-old girl harassed by haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls’ school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

    The Israeli prime minister and...

  • Israel will take action against haredi extremists, Netanyahu says

    December 28, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    Israel will take action against haredi Orthodox extremists who harass women in the public sphere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned.

    “We won’t accept spitting on people in the street just because someone doesn’t approve of their dress,” Netanyahu said Wednesday at the...

  • Rally in Beit Shemesh protests exclusion of women

    December 27, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    Hundreds participated in a rally in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh against gender segregation and violence against women by haredi Orthodox extremists.

    The rally Tuesday evening was held near a national religious girls school which has been at the center of the controversy. It...

  • Haredi violence in Beit Shemesh catches Israel’s attention

    December 27, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    For several years now, the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh has been the site of on-again, off-again religious violence.

    But it wasn’t until the plight of a fearful 8-year-old girl from a Modern Orthodox immigrant family from America was broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 over the...

  • Rally set in Beit Shemesh to protest exclusion of women

    December 27, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Thousands are expected to participate in a rally in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh against women’s exclusion and violence against females by haredi Orthodox men.

    The rally is set to be held Tuesday evening near a national religious girls school which has been at the center of...

  • Removal of modesty signs in Beit Shemesh sparks riot

    December 26, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Haredi Orthodox men rioted against police in Beit Shemesh to protest a crackdown on the exclusion of women in the public sphere.

    The clashes occurred Monday afternoon in two neighborhoods of Beit Shemesh, a northwestern suburb of Jerusalem with a population of 80,000. Two residents...

  • National religious, haredi Orthodox protesters clash over girls’ school

    August 30, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Police were called in to quell a clash between parents of students at a new national religious school for girls in the Jerusalem District and haredi Orthodox protesters who have prevented its opening.

    The confrontation at the Orot Neria school in Beit Shemesh began Monday afternoon...

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