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  • Israel builds huge underground hospital for protection against attacks

    June 8, 2012 | 11:24 am

    The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has unveiled the world’s largest fortified hospital, intended to protect more than 2000 patients from missile and rocket attacks. Construction of the Sammy Ofer Northern Regional Underground Emergency Hospital was spurred by missile attacks by...

  • Brad Greenberg to coach Israel’s Maccabi Haifa

    June 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.

    Greenberg, who is Jewish, will coach the team for the next two seasons, the team announced Monday on its official website.

    Greenberg, 58, becomes...

  • Oil drilling near Haifa halted

    May 14, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Oil drilling in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Haifa was frozen as the investment partners prepare to put a new oil rig in place.

    Drilling in the Leviathan oil field, which began more than a year ago, has not yet produced any oil. But it is believed that oil will be discovered at a different depth in new drilling that will not begin for another year, Ynet reported.

    The partners, including Noble Energy and the Delek group, say that estimates show at least 600 million barrels of oil in the field. The field also contains a large natural gas reserve.

  • Druze professor appointed Israeli envoy to New Zealand

    April 24, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Druze professor was appointed Israel’s chief diplomat in New Zealand.

    Naim Araidi, who teaches Hebrew literature at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, was named to the post by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Yediot Achronot reported.

    “After years of representing...

  • Six charged in beatings of soldiers in Haifa

    March 8, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    Six Arab residents of Haifa were indicted in an attack on two off-duty Israeli soldiers in the city.

    The Haifa District Court judge who presided over Thursday’s hearing said the attack on Shnir Dahan and Roie Sharaff did not appear to be motivated by nationalism, The Jerusalem Post...

  • Rising tennis star Nadine Fahoum: In her own words

    November 17, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My name is Nadine Fahoum and I am a 21 year old Israeli Arab Muslim from Haifa.  When I was 6 years old and it was time to enroll me in elementary school, my parents faced a very complex dilemma—whether to enroll me in the ―Reali Hebrew School or in an Arab school in Haifa. ...

  • After the fire: A Torah’s trip to a secular kibbutz

    October 10, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah.  At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv—unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.

    Moments before our wheels touch down, a brush fire breaks...

  • KISS reunion tour in Haifa: Gene Simmons goes home

    September 12, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The most well-circulated piece of trivia about Gene Simmons, former member of the band KISS, is that he was born in Haifa, Israel. For years Simmons’ birthplace and Israeli heritage were rumored to be true, but in the Digital Age it would be confirmed with Wikipedia and video...

  • Weills donating $10 million to Haifa’s Ramban hospital

    August 10, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Joan and Sanford Weill of New York have committed $10 million to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center to expand the children’s cancer ward and facilitate its treatment of Palestinian children.

    The funds, including a contribution from the Weill Family Foundation, will merge Rambam’s...

  • Knesset to meet during recess over protests

    August 8, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Israel’s Knesset will meet in a special session on the rash of protests sweeping the nation despite being on summer recess.

    The debate scheduled for next week was announced Monday, after 50 opposition lawmakers signed a petition calling for the session titled “Netanyahu’s tax...

  • Tahl Leibovitz is not only Interesting, but Completely Remarkable

    By Ilana Angel

    July 22, 2011 | 9:33 am

    If there were ever a movie that needed to be made, it’s the life story of Tahl Leibovitz.  My son suggested I write about Tahl when he came across him playing in a table tennis match on television.  I wrote a blog earlier in the week about Tahl Leibovitz which was based on a lot of...

  • Mickey Mouse and Co. heading to Haifa

    January 4, 2011 | 2:03 pm

    Haifa is poised to be the next home to a Disney amusement park.

    A 20-acre, $168 million entertainment complex including a 25-screen multiplex and a Disney amusement park is set to be built near the Carmel Tunnel.

    The Walt Disney Company’s investment arm Shamrock Holdings and the Israeli New Lineo cinema chain announced the plans Tuesday.

    The new complex is estimated to open in 2013.

  • Criminal investigation won’t be opened into Carmel fire

    December 27, 2010 | 11:14 am

    Israel’s attorney general will not open a criminal investigation into the Carmel fire.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided Monday that there is not enough evidence to merit opening an investigation into the actions of several government ministers, including Prime Minister...

  • 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,...

  • In fire’s wake, lessons learned, friendships found

    December 8, 2010 | 10:03 am

    First, of course, are the dead and the injured. Almost all of them young, in a training program for prison guards, trapped in a bus, incinerated. Who by fire? That, says the prayer, God decides: “On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: How many shall pass...

  • Displaced children face renewed trauma

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 8, 2010 | 10:00 am

    Displaced children face renewed trauma

    by Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Senior Writer

    Chaim Peri and Yemin Orde children.

    A standout among the many tragedies of the Carmel fires is the severe damage to the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Northern Israel, which has displaced all of its...

  • 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...

  • Carmel Forest Fire Google Map

    December 7, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    This is a map of the the areas affected by the Carmel forest fire in northern Israel, which began Thursday Dec. 2. 

    View Areas Affected by Carmel Fire in a larger map

  • Teen who admitted starting fire is released

    December 7, 2010 | 8:51 am

    The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.

    The teen admitted to smoking a nargila water pipe and dumping its embers into an open area before returning to school last week, the day the blaze erupted, near his...

  • L.A. pizza and carepackages reached fire’s frontlines

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 6, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    Shawn Evenhaim and Shoham Nicolet were both officers in the Israeli army, so they know what it means to be able to sit down during a ten-minute break in action on the field and open a package with some snacks and towelettes and a personal letter from someone overseas thanking you for...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s Carmel fire: Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer critically injured

    December 2, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    Head of the Haifa Police Department, Deputy Commander Ahuva Tomer was critically injured on Thursday as a result of the huge brushfire in the Carmel region.

    Tomer was driving behind the bus full of prison guards that burned up in the flames. Two more police officers were declared...

  • 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.

  • Earthquake centered near Haifa

    April 12, 2010 | 11:50 am

    A mild earthquake rocked the Haifa area.

    The earthquake, which struck Monday at around 4 p.m., was centered near Kfar Hasidim in northern Israel. It registered 3.0 on the Richter scale.

    It was the second earthquake to strike northern Israel in less than a month. On March 20, an earthquake registering 3.6 on the Richter Scale was centered north of the Sea of Galilee.

  • Chinese Restaurant in Haifa, Israel Vietnamese Boat People

    August 10, 2007 | 10:54 pm

    Vietnamese ‘boat person’ Kien Wong now lives in Haifa and owns Yan Yan, a popular Chinese restaurant.

    More about the refugees rescued by Israel in this 2006 article from Tom Tugend.

  • Where to party in Haifa, ‘the city that works’

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's said that Haifa works, Jerusalem prays and Tel Aviv parties. But even people who work need to party -- maybe even more so.

    Locals might groan that Haifa's nightlife consists of a few landmark establishments, and while it's true that the city's nightlife selection is sparse...
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