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  • L.A.’s Russians recapture their Jewish soul

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:20 am

    In March, Svetlana Rapoport became a bat mitzvah.

    Raised in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, where practicing religion was discouraged and anti-Semitism was rampant, Rapoport hadn’t had the chance to celebrate this rite of passage.

    Finally, at 34, Rapoport had her...

  • Charedi Orthodox youth mob Western Wall in protest of women’s prayer service

    May 10, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Haredi Orthodox youth mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service.

    The youth, many of them students from haredi Orthodox yeshivot, had filled the Western Wall Plaza by 6:40 a.m. on Friday, 20 minutes before...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

  • Sharansky wins second term as head of Jewish Agency

    February 19, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    Natan Sharansky was elected to a second term as chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

    Sharansky won four more years in the vote Tuesday by the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, which is meeting in Jerusalem.

    A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

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  • Anti-Semitic messages left on Jewish Agency Facebook page

    October 11, 2012 | 9:17 am

    The Jewish Agency for Israel's Facebook page was inundated with hundreds of explicitly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic messages.

    The attacks earlier this month were confirmed Thursday by the Jewish Agency. The messages were deleted soon after they were discovered, it said.

    The...

  • Flotilla sponsor tweets that Zionists helped perpetrate the Holocaust

    October 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The founder of the Free Gaza Movement, which uses flotillas in trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, tweeted that Zionists were responsible for the Holocaust, then apologized.

    Greta Berlin tweeted that she meant to post the tweet to her private Facebook account rather than...

  • Israel MUST rely on itself

    By Arthur Cohn

    September 19, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Once again, during the year that is drawing to a close, there was no country that was more harshly criticized, no state that was more frequently condemned than Israel.  

    “The demonization of Israel increased during the past year,” Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency...

  • Holocaust-era property database reaches 2 million records

    February 1, 2012 | 10:49 am

    A searchable database of Holocaust-era property records has reached more than two million records.

    Project HEART-Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the government of Israel, says it is the largest publicly...

  • A Kibbutz State of Mind

    January 26, 2012 | 7:56 am

    Do me a favor. Take a quick trip with me. Our first stop is a lively bus station with people talking loudly and grazing your shoulder as they pass.  Breathe in the smell of exhaust and fresh fruit. Feel the sweat trickling down the small of your back. It’s 90 degrees outside and...

  • Teaching English Underground: My Gap Year in Southern Israel

    December 6, 2011 | 7:52 am

    “Your classroom is just down these stairs,” the principal of Amereem Elementary School in Be’er Sheva, Israel told me. I smiled and briskly walked downstairs. The time it took me to reach the final step was well coordinated with how long it took me to translate the sign posted...

  • Class notes: Students attend ‘Israel High;’ Boychik Scouts; Honors abound

    By Julie G Fax

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shayna Gilbert agreed to humor her daughter by letting her apply to a high school program in Israel, thinking she wouldn't get in and the plan would never work.

    But this week, Noa Miriam Gilbert-McNabb is leaving for high school in Kfar Chabad through the Elite Academy, a program...

  • Israelis prod Shoah Claims Conference for bigger share

    By Uriel Heilman

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli coalition, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset's pensioner affairs minister, is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution...
  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    P.A. Plans to Bring Terrorist Group Into Security Service

    The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) appears to be on the verge of a long-awaited security reform in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But last week's announcement of a plan to incorporate the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade into the...

  • Different Approaches to Zionism

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the makeup...

  • Israel’s Tug of the Tides

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo from "The Jews in America," Collins Publishers, 1989.Out along the glistening white, sandy beach in Herzliya, one feels a sense of serenity. The expected is unfolding. The tides gently form the shining blue waters of the Mediterranean into white foaming waves that crash upon...
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