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  • Japan turns to U.S. in face of worsening nuclear crisis

    March 16, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Japan said Wednesday that further assistance from the United States was needed to help keep the nuclear cores at a power plant from overheating, after last week’s quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems.

    Tokyo may also request the help from members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan, government spokesman Yukio Edano said.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has sent two experts to Japan, and had been asked to send cooling equipment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Arsonists strike Tunisian synagogue

    February 1, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    The Torah scrolls at a Tunisian synagogue were burned in a fire reportedly set by arsonists.

    The synagogue in the southern Gabes region was set ablaze Monday night. Jewish community leader Perez Trabelsi told the French news agency AFP about the scrolls and criticized police for not...

  • Tel Aviv-bound train catches fire, injures 121

    December 28, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Some 121 passengers were injured after a fire broke out in a train traveling south toward Tel Aviv.

    Most of the injures from Tuesday’s incident were from cuts and smoke inhalation; only five were more serious injuries.

    The fire started in the rear engine of the train due to an...

  • Israeli firefighters, underfunded heroes

    By Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Amir Levy, fire chief of the Western Galilee, remembers encountering a little girl in an elevator while he was training in the United States a year ago. She looked at him admiringly, commenting to her mother how firefighters are heroes.

    “That’s not the reaction we were used to...

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  • How the Hai-Bar animals were rescued from fire

    December 22, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    Persian fallow deer now graze peacefully in their enclosures at the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve as ranger/caretaker Yakoub Makladeh feeds them nutritional pellets from a metal bucket.

    Earlier this month, the lives of these rare animals were in jeopardy for four days as flames from...

  • Federations to dole out $2.4 million in fire aid

    December 21, 2010 | 10:53 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America said the federation system will distribute $2.4 million to help Israel recover from the Carmel Mountain fire.

    JFNA, the umbrella organization of the more than 150 Jewish federations in North America, made the announcement Monday.

    The fires...

  • Palestinian firefighters denied entry into Israel for tribute

    December 14, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Three Palestinian firefighters were refused entry into Israel for a ceremony honoring Palestinian firemen who helped battle the Carmel blaze.

    Only seven of the 10 firemen were to be allowed in for the ceremony that was scheduled to take place Sunday afternoon in the Druze village of...

  • Catching the firefighting bug

    December 10, 2010 | 11:06 am

    The death of 16-year-old Elad Rivan in the Carmel Forest fire last week has put the Fire Scouts on the map, piquing the interest of teenagers around the country in what had previously been a relatively unknown organization of volunteer firefighters. In the wake of Rivan’s tragic...

  • Op-Ed: Response to fire illuminates challenges for Israel

    December 8, 2010 | 11:16 am

    One of the reactions of Israelis to the fact that their government called on the international community for assistance to combat the Carmel Forest fire is a sense of shame. After all, Israel is a leader in the high-tech world and an innovator in dealing with crisis situations. Now...

  • Op-Ed: Fire’s devastation can lead to positive change

    December 8, 2010 | 11:14 am

    It is hard to explain just how devastated Israelis are by the Carmel fire. But it is easier to explain how that devastation can become a positive force for positive change, right now, in Israel.

    The fire consumed at least 42 lives, thousands of forested acres and millions of shekels...

  • House of Representatives mourns fire losses

    December 8, 2010 | 10:51 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives mourned the loss of life in Israel’s worst-ever forest fire and pledged to support assistance.

    The nonbinding resolution passed unanimously Tuesday “mourns the loss of life and extends condolences to the families affected by the fire in northern...

  • Out of the ashes

    December 8, 2010 | 10:13 am

    In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong — and who is to blame.

    Even before the blaze in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa came under control Dec. 5,...

  • Report: Fire services are Israel’s weak link

    December 8, 2010 | 9:07 am

    The Fire and Rescue Services organization is the weak link in Israel’s emergency readiness, a report said.

    The report issued Wednesday by Israel’s State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said fire preparedness is the responsibility of the Interior Ministry, and it called on the...

  • Top Haifa cop the latest victim of Carmel fire

    December 6, 2010 | 9:40 am

    The number of Israelis killed in a massive fire in the Carmel Forest rose to 42 with the death of Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer.

    Tomer, the the police chief since March 2009 and the highest-ranking female officer in the Israel Police, died Monday.

    She was burned over 90 percent of...

  • Israel fire update: Uncontrolled, 42 dead, 17,000 evacuated

    December 3, 2010 | 11:23 am

    The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.

    At least 17,000 Israelis were evacuated from the area of the blaze, which spread closer to Haifa on Friday. The University of Haifa, which was evacuated on Thursday,...

  • Australia offers Israel fire assistance

    December 3, 2010 | 10:51 am

    Australia offered to assist Israel in the wake of the devastating fires that have claimed at least 40 lives.

    “Australia stands ready to offer assistance to Israel,” Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who is due to visit Israel later this month, said in a statement Friday. “Australians...

  • U.S. trying to help Israel fight fire

    December 3, 2010 | 10:43 am

    The Obama administration is seeking ways to assist Israel in combating its forest fires, while New York sent Israel a shipment of fire retardant.

    A 747 loaded with Fire Troll 931, a fire retardant chemical, left New York Thursday night bound for Israel. The shipment was arranged by...

  • First Carmel fire victims identified, as Israel grapples with national tragedy

    December 3, 2010 | 12:13 am

    As medical crews labor through the difficult task of identifying the victims of a massive brushfire ravaging Israel’s north, Israel Police released Friday the names of eight of those who found their death in the blaze.

    Most of the dead from the blaze were students on the Prison...

  • International aid arrives as Carmel fire continues to rage

    December 3, 2010 | 12:09 am

    Seven fire-fighting aircraft landed in Israel early Friday, the first arrivals of a planned international airlift sent to aid the battle against a massive brushfire ripping through northern Israel.

    Over 15,000 residents, including 600 prison inmates, were evacuated as the blaze...

  • Israel's Carmel fire: How you can help

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 2, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    These organizations are working to help rehabilitate Israel’s fire-damaged Carmel region:

    Jewish National Fund:
    JNF collected around $2 million during the fire, some of which went to immediate needs on the ground. Now it is focusing its efforts on Operation Carmel Renewal: From...

  • Deadly Israeli wildfire draws U.S., Los Angeles support

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 2, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel...

  • Disaster in Northern Israel: 40 dead as fire rages across Carmel Mountains [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.

    Firefighting crews were still battling with the flames into the evening...

  • Northern Israel brush fire kills at least 40

    December 2, 2010 | 9:23 am

    At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.

    The fire, which broke out Thursday morning in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, has destroyed thousands of acres of natural forest. Winds and dry conditions helped to send the fire out of control.

    ...
  • Los Angeles inferno: Who by fire?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2009 | 3:02 am

    I’ve yet to blog about the massive—MONSTROUS—fire raging in north Los Angeles County. But in recent years I’ve had plenty to say about the fires that perennially threaten our existence here in overpopulated and wildfire-suppressed desert. (See this and that and the other.)

    The LA...

  • Who by water, and who by fire?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 31, 2009 | 7:35 am

    We have been hearing the sounds of the shofar every morning since the month of Elul began. And within its wordless cry we already hear the echoes of the liturgy of Rosh Hashana. None more than the echoes of Nitaneh Tokef’s, “Who will Live, and who will die?  Who by water, and who by...

  • Santa Barbara Fire Forces Synagogue Evacuation

    By Adam Wills

    May 8, 2009 | 7:15 pm

    One Santa Barbara synagogue has been evacuated and another is facing possible evacuation as crews continued to battle the Jesusita Fire on Friday afternoon.

    The fire, which started May 5, has damaged or destroyed 75 homes and 30,500 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. More...

  • Be aware of the danger of fire with Chanukah candles

    December 18, 2008 | 3:00 am

    Candles burning, latkes frying, lights glowing. The holiday of Chanukah is wrapped in warm and comforting images, unless you're a firefighter. Then you recognize these seemingly innocent traditions as hazardous warnings for a December you may never want to remember.

    The combination...

  • Cafe Eilat burns down temporarily [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 10, 2008 | 1:58 am

    A guest post from friend Anita Susan Brenner:

    I didn't grow up eating shakshuka. In fact, I didn't know what shakshuka was until a friend took me to breakfast at Cafe Eilat in Valley Village after the egalitarian morning minyan at  Adat Ari El Synagogue.

    The friend, a survivor...
  • Fire turns monastery to rubble

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 16, 2008 | 4:57 pm

    Air quality in Los Angeles is often poor, but right now it looks like Beijing outside. The family of fires that began Thursday night in Montecito, devastating Westmont College, and multiplied Friday and Saturday in Sylmar, Palos Verde and Orange County have taken over the region.

    ...
  • Los Angeles is burning

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2008 | 9:46 pm

    My favorite scene in Nathanael West’s Greek tragedy set in Hollywood, “The Day of the Locusts,” is the description of the protagonist’s painting, “The Burning of Los Angeles.”

    For the faces of its members, he was using the innumerable sketches he had made of the people who come to...

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