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  • Lady Gaga rocks TLV, Apple makes an entrance, Holy Land bucket list and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    17 hours ago

    A dry summer in Israel

    The Israeli tourism industry took a big hit in the summer of 2014 due to the Israeli operation in Gaza <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557921,00.html>, making it the weakest summer in incoming tourism since 2007. According to figures released...

  • Al-Qaida announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

    2 weeks ago

    Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.

    In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of...

  • India and Israel are closer, the IDF goes green, surfing in Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 26, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    ReWalk selected one of the 25 Best Inventions of the Year

    ReWalk, an Israeli-developed exoskeleton for paraplegics was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s 25 best inventions of the year 2013. The medical device, developed by ARGO Medical Technologies, changed many lives of those who...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 22, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    Rabbi Barry Diamond

    Temple Adat Elohim (TAE) has named Southern California native Rabbi Barry Diamond as its interim rabbi. He replaces Rabbi Ted Riter, who ended his 16-year tenure at TAE in May.

    Diamond, who grew up in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, has served in...

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  • India-born British-Jewish artist Kapoor is knighted

    June 26, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Anish Kapoor, a British-Jewish artist, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

    Kapoor, a native of Mumbai, India, was recognized recently for his services to the visual arts as part of the queen’s birthday honors list for 2013.

    Kapoor, 59, is the son of a Hindu father and Jewish...

  • The Faces and Fruits of Mumbai’s Crawford Market: A Photo Essay

    By Elana Horwich

    April 29, 2013 | 9:00 am

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    If you live in LA and would like to take cooking classes with Elana, please visit mealandaspiel.com

  • Prepared or Neurotic?

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Going to India and Thailand means possibilities of all kinds of disease. I need to be prepared.

    Is it that I am a highly allergic, food sensitive, obsessively compulsive healthy eater or is it that I have travelled a lot and know what I need? Two years ago I climbed Mount...

  • Revolution 2020: Does Life Imitate Art?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 30, 2013 | 6:51 am

    Reading Chetan Bhagat's Revolution 2020 in December 2012 while traveling by bus throughout India, it has seemed that art imitates life. The newspaper has been alive with the protests in the street with the "pink revolution." The people of India are angry about the mistreatment of...

  • Wanted: Diamond polishers in Israel. Piety not a problem

    January 2, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Diamond manufacturing is a dwindling trade in Israel. The country has one of the world's hottest diamond exchanges, but polishers and cutters of the precious stones have been replaced by cheaper workers in newer hubs like India and China.

    Israel wants to bring them back. To do...

  • ‘Pi’ is approximately 3.1416% Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ang Lee, the 58-year-old Oscar-winning director of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” was understated and thoughtful recently as he settled into a velvet couch at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. He had arrived to discuss his new film, “Life of Pi,”...

  • Indian authorities remove ‘Hitler’ cloithing store sign

    October 31, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Municipal authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat removed the sign for a men's clothing store named Hitler.

    The sign -- on which the letter "i" was dotted with a swastika -- was removed Tuesday after hundreds of complaints from both within and outside of the Jewish community.

    ...
  • Obama faces tough call on Iran oil sanctions

    October 22, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Just weeks after the election, President Barack Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision on oil sanctions on Iran, in which he will have to balance the need to stay tough on Tehran without pushing oil prices too high.

    In considering whether to extend a new series of six-month...

  • Clinton forms panel to investigate Benghazi attack

    September 20, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was forming a panel to investigate the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials.

    The panel, whose creation is generally required by...

  • Jews of Ahmedabad, India, welcome Torah scroll

    September 13, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The small Jewish community of Ahmedabad, India, where a store called Hitler recently changed its name, held a synagogue celebration to dedicate a new Torah scroll.

    The community of some 125 Jews in this capital city of the western Indian state of Gujerat dedicated the kosher...

  • Hitler clothing store in India to change name

    September 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    The owners of a men's clothing store in the Indian state of Gujarat said they would change the store's name from Hitler.

    The store in Ahmedabad is named for one of the proprietor's grandfathers, whose nickname was Hitler. He reportedly was called Hitler "because of his strict...

  • Jack Jacob: The general who saved India from more war

    August 6, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Lt. Gen. Jack Jacob, a national hero in India for likely saving hundreds of thousands of lives, is planning to fade away.

    “I’ve just had my 89th birthday,” he says, “I think I’ve earned the right to rest.”

    So Jacob, India’s “top-ranking Jew,” stayed home on his...

  • Indian police say Delhi, Bangkok blasts linked

    March 16, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Indian police have established a link between a bomb that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife in New Delhi and a fumbled bomb plot in Thailand, the city’s police chief said on Friday, adding that arrest warrants had been issued for three Iranians.

    New Delhi police said one of the...

  • India issues arrest warrants against Iranians in car bombing

    March 15, 2012 | 10:19 am

    India has issued arrest warrants for three Iranians in connection with a bomb attack on an Israeli Embassy car.

    A New Delhi court issued the arrest warrants on Wednesday, marking the first time that India officially has linked the Feb. 13 attack to Iran. The attack injured the wife...

  • Hezbollah denies role in attacks in India, Georgia

    February 16, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah denied Israeli accusations on Thursday that his group was behind bombers who attacked Israeli missions in India and Georgia this week.

    “I assure you that Hezbollah has nothing to do with this,” he told supporters. Israel accused Iran and...

  • Indian court stays deportation of Israeli couple

    February 14, 2012 | 10:58 am

    An Indian court has stayed the deportation of an Israeli couple in the city of Kochi.

    The couple had claimed to be Chabad emissaries, but they are not official emissaries according to Chabad.org.

    The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued a stay of the deportation of Shneor Zalman and...

  • Israel blames Iran after attacks on Embassy staff

    February 13, 2012 | 8:39 am

    Israel accused arch-enemies Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people.

    Tehran denied involvement in the attacks, which amplified tensions between two countries...

  • Indian official: We won’t cut back on Iranian oil

    January 30, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    India will not reduce the amount of oil Iranian oil it purchases, the country’s finance minister said.

    “It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the imports from Iran drastically because among the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging...

  • Change soap opera’s Hitler name, ADL asks Indian network

    November 22, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League has called on an Indian television network to change the name of a new soap opera with Hitler in the title.

    “Hitler Didi” airs five days a week on Zee TV, a division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, based in Mumbai. After receiving numerous...

  • How many Jews on Earth?

    November 7, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Could the 7 billionth person on the planet be Jewish?

    According to the United Nations Population Fund, the Earth welcomed its 7 billionth resident on Oct. 31. Statistically, the newborn was most likely a boy in India or China. The symbolic title was given to Danica May Camacho, born...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Bnei Menashe in India get Sukkot’s four species

    October 12, 2011 | 11:49 am

    The Bnei Menashe community of northeastern India will celebrate Sukkot this year with lulavs and etrogs sent from Israel.

    The Shavei Israel organization, which works to strengthen ties between the State of Israel and the descendants of Jews around the world, sent hundreds of sets of...

  • From the Streets of Delhi

    August 31, 2011 | 11:10 am

    “Have you ever been to the Jama Masjid?” The little girl looks up at me with bright, intelligent eyes, the yellow of jaundice and malnutrition already receding from around her irises, a brightly colored scarf hiding the long, curved scar rising up from just behind her ear. She is...

  • Indian official: Chabad house targeted

    March 23, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Chabad House was the target of last month’s bomb attack on a bakery in India, a government official said.

    The Indian state of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told the Indian Legislative Assembly Monday that the target of the attackers was the Pune Chabad House, located...

  • For India’s Jews, sense of security is shattered

    December 5, 2008 | 6:32 pm

    MUMBAI, India (JTA) - The Colaba neighborhood that surrounds the modern apartment block where terrorists last week murdered a Chabad-Lubavitch couple and four other Jews has begun to return to normal.

    The maze of dusty alleyways that surround the now infamous building, Nariman House,...

  • Local donors kick in $125K to send Jewish Indian cricketeers to Maccabiah

    December 4, 2008 | 7:46 pm

    In response to the terrorist attack on Mumbai and its Chabad Center, three Los Angeles businesmen have put up $125,000 to enable a Jewish cricket team from India to participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

    "This is our answer to the murderous rampage aginst Indian and...

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