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  • Young olim won’t feel alone

    August 21, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    When Avital Avraham, 17, of Sherman Oaks arrived in Israel earlier this month with plans to make aliyah and join the Israel Defense Forces, she said she was “honored that Israel is opening their arms to me even though I wasn’t born here.”

    She wasn’t alone. Avraham was one of 331...

  • Israel will bring in remaining Ethiopian immigrants

    July 11, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    Israel’s government agreed to expedite the arrival of the final Ethiopian immigrants waiting to come to Israel. 

    Under the plan approved on July 8 by the Cabinet, some 2,200 Falash Mura — Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity — will be brought to...

  • Jerusalem court clears way for S. Sudanese migrants’ deportation

    June 7, 2012 | 8:11 am

    A Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally.

    Thursday’s decision in Jerusalem District Court was in response to an appeal by NGOs representing African migrants. The appeal was filed after Israel’s Interior Minister Eli...

  • South Tel Aviv quiet but tense

    May 25, 2012 | 10:35 am

    South Tel Aviv remained calm but tense Friday after recent violence aimed at African immigrants.

    Law enforcement officials deployed a large force of border police in the Hatikvah neighborhood, regular police and volunteers to better secure the area, which has seen a spike in...

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  • The Russian way of educating children.

    By Julia Bendis

    November 15, 2011 | 10:40 am

    A distant memory came to mind the other day.  Back in Russia, well technically it was in Riga, Latvia my parents decided to get my brother and I English lessons in the anticipation of our future move to the United States.  This was about a year before we actually immigrated, so we...

  • HIAS distributes scholarships to 139 immigrants

    June 30, 2011 | 11:07 am

    HIAS is distributing $330,000 in scholarships to 139 immigrants in the United States and Israel.

    The scholarships will help fund higher education for the immigrants. Sixty of the recipients live in the United States.

    The HIAS Scholars program helps the recipients with their...

  • Ten years after the Dolphinarium attack, a turning point for Israel’s Russian-speaking immigrants

    May 24, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Faina Dorfman, who immigrated to Israel from Uzbekistan hoping that her only child would have a better life here, walks along a stretch of beach just south of a tattered seaside disco called the Dolphinarium.

    Ten years ago, a young Palestinian detonated a bomb packed with nails and...

  • North American immigrants lead in Israel’s nonprofit sector

    March 18, 2011 | 10:02 am

    When David Portowicz was a new immigrant to Israel from Brooklyn in the 1970s, he began research on poverty in Jaffa that would lead to his life’s work: the creation of a nonprofit organization that now serves thousands of disadvantaged children and their families.

    A doctoral...

  • Ethiopian immigrants arrive in Israel

    January 18, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    More than 335 immigrants from Ethiopia arrived in Israel on a special Jewish Agency charter flight.

    The Falash Mura, Ethiopians who claim family links to descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago, arrived Monday and Tuesday on Ethiopian Air Lines...

  • 1,000 new immigrants set to arrive in Israel

    December 22, 2010 | 8:09 am

    The final 1,000 new immigrants for 2010 are arriving in Israel.

    The immigrants coming from 25 countries will arrive in Israel through the end of the year on special flights arranged by the Jewish Agency for Israel, the agency said in a statement. Some of the flights and the...

  • Israel begins building barrier on Egyptian border

    November 22, 2010 | 8:19 am

    Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

    Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel’s southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

    The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being...

  • Photo exhibition reveals challenges, dreams of teen immigrants

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 11, 2008 | 3:13 am

    Arsim Mustafa, a 14-year-old boy who immigrated with his parents from Kosovo to the United States, is leaning against a paint-spattered wall, arms loosely crossed as they rest on the oversized T-shirt he is wearing. He looks like any American teen, wearing baggy pants and high-top...
  • Final aliyah flight leaves Ethiopia for Israel, U.S. revokes Fulbright winners’ visas

    August 6, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Last Ethiopian Airlift Heads to Israel

    The last official airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, bringing to an end a state-organized campaign that began nearly 30 years ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African nation.

    The...

  • 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...
  • L.A.‘s German Jews celebrate club’s 75th year

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, one of his principal goals was to rid Germany of its Jews, to make the country Judenrein. German Jews, many of whom had considered themselves more German than Jewish, began to search for secure havens. From 1933 until the outbreak of World War...
  • ‘Emerald Isle’ beckons Jews

    By Peter Rothholz

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    There is a saying that in Ireland there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet.

    On our visit we experienced a tangible expression of this in Kenmare, where perfect strangers went out of their way to help us get our laundry done and then volunteered to drive us back to...

  • Briefs: More Ethiopians allowed to make aliyah, Jerusalem stage for Anglican ‘schism’

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Court Will Allow More Falash Mura

    Israel may allow 1,400 additional Ethiopian Falash Mura to immigrate to Israel. In a court hearing Sunday, a panel of three Israeli High Court judges recommended that Israel bring 1,400 or so more Ethiopians to comply with a 2004 government decision...

  • Ethiopian advocates push for 8,500 more olim

    By Ben Harris

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With Israel's Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry's consideration.

    For now it seems nothing short of a court...

  • KCRW’s gift—five days of ‘Only in America’  Jewish history

    By Tom Tugend

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For a certain nostalgic segment of the Jewish community, Chanukah wasn't official until KCRW-FM general manager Ruth Seymour narrated her lively "Philosophers, Fiddlers and Fools" program at this time of the year.

    This noble tradition has now come to an end, but KCRW (89.9) has come...

  • Books: Land of ‘Golden’ dreams and tarnished identities

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Jews at the turn of the last century wistfully spoke of the goldene medina (golden country), they meant just one place: America. The phrase evoked images of a land of "freedom, justice, opportunity -- and protection against pogroms," wrote Leo Rosten in his 1968 classic, "The...
  • Israeli, Iranian and Russian immigrants learn the American way of giving

    By Amy Klein

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When the Los Angeles Jewish community staged a rally to show support for Israel during the conflict with Lebanon last year, Israeli Consul General Ehud Danoch was pleased by the numbers, but bothered by the fact that there were not many Israelis there.

    "You would have thought 30,000...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chamberlain Ad

    I do not know if I can communicate how deeply offended I was by the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Neville Chamberlain ad on page 6 of the Sept. 8 Jewish Journal. Besides the complete lack of intellectual honesty, the appalling lack of logical reasoning fails...
  • Five Gold Bangles and World of Difference

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The morning of my wedding day, my mother called me into her bedroom. "Come sit with me," she said quietly, patting the spot next to her on the bed. I sat down beside her, the softness of the mattress causing our shoulders to touch.

    She turned her face toward mine, looking...

  • Latin American Jews Create L.A. Oasis

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine that you live in Latin America and you're Jewish. Typically, you and your family would belong to a full-service Jewish club with cultural, recreational, educational and athletic activities for all ages. The club is reasonably priced, promotes Jewish identity in a secular...

  • School Risked Fiscal Peril for Its Students

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Nir knew she wanted her daughters to have a Jewish education. Although she and her Israeli-born husband, Ofer, were living in a decidedly secular kibbutz, Nir had attended yeshiva as a young girl in Brooklyn.

    "I wanted my children to learn Torah and decide for themselves what...

  • A Banner Day

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the beginning of the month, I joined the hundreds of thousands of people who marched from MacArthur Park to the

    La Brea Tar Pits in support of basic rights for immigrants, the strangers among us. I was worried about my family becoming separated in the throng of marchers, so I...

  • Memories and Music

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before going inside, every visitor had to sign a waiver agreeing not to sue in case, say, a stray piece of wood or plaster fell on them. It felt, for a moment, like myself and the other members of the audience were embarking on a risky enterprise. But Boyle Heights' Breed Street...

  • Nefesh Immigrants Cite Smoother Aliyah

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Fairfax resident Yasmine Noury boarded an El Al flight late last year, she joined the growing ranks of North American Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2005.

    "I really believe in living in Israel, and I felt the best time to make aliyah was when I'm young, before I have too many...

  • Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights

    By Joe R. Hicks

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Speaker after speaker at the recent immigration march in Los Angeles told the 500,000-strong primarily Latino crowd that racism and anti-immigrant sentiments lie behind the debates on Capitol Hill about border enforcement. This was the focus at the march and subsequent student...

  • Passover Fest Offers Many Paths to Fun

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At a time when hundreds of thousands of protesters crowded downtown chanting "Let My People Stay," Passover may be resonating more acutely across all racial and ethnic groups than it has in recent years.

    It is not only illegal immigrants for whom the Passover tale holds appeal. The...

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