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  • Jerusalem high on new skyline

    March 12, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Ten years ago, Jerusalem was just starting to emerge from the Second Intifada, which scared away local residents as well as investors. Many shops and restaurants closed during that period, leaving hundreds of storefronts with “for sale” signs. 

    Fast-forward 10 years, and...

  • Grave situation, as youth vandalism rises in Jerusalem

    October 10, 2013 | 11:29 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    The Mount of Olives, a 2.2-mile ridge of three mountains to the east of Jerusalem’s Old City, is a holy site for Jews and Christians. It’s dotted with countless churches and is home to the world’s largest Jewish cemetery, with...

  • Jerusalem’s First Station: All aboard for fun

    October 9, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Jerusalem’s First Station may be more than 120 years old, but its smart new look, trendy shops and daily events have transformed it from an abandoned skeleton of a railway station into a place where young — and young-at-heart — locals as well as tourists, come to decompress.  

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  • Israeli forces clash with Palestinians over Temple Mount visits

    September 27, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City, reflecting growing tensions over an increase in Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

    Palestinian militants and youth groups have called for a general uprising in response to the entry by Jewish...

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  • The consequences of Israel's contradictory dreams

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 24, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    The stirring scene that opens “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” by Yossi Klein Halevi (Harper, $35), is a flashback to the night of June 6, 1967, when the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade of the Israel Defense...

  • Women of the Wall call alternative site a ‘wall of misfits’

    August 27, 2013 | 10:45 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    About a dozen women sit underneath a large Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. They’ve been here close to 24 hours, and are getting tired. They are members of Women of the Wall (WOW), a 25-year-old group of...

  • On Jerusalem’s streets, little excitement about peace talks

    August 13, 2013 | 10:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the oppressive heat of a Jerusalem afternoon, neither Israelis nor Palestinians could summon much enthusiasm for the peace talks that are set to resume on Wednesday for the first time in three years. Each side believes the...

  • Charedim need more Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    I saw two opposite ends of Jewish tolerance last Friday night in Jerusalem’s Old City. As I walked through the Jaffa Gate on my way to a Shabbat dinner, I noticed some black-hatted Charedim kicking a taxicab while yelling, “Shabbos, Shabbos!”

    A little while later, at the home of...

  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Battle of the heart

    July 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

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  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Amid whistles, prayer endures

    July 17, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

    I...

  • Jews should get offended

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2013 | 11:48 am

    If there’s one thing the Palestinians are great at, it’s saying no. For years now, many peace-loving Jewish heads have been bruised from banging against the brick wall of Palestinian rejectionism.

    Well, these Jews and others will now have another wall they can bang their heads...

  • 2 museums trace Israel’s peace process

    April 10, 2013 | 8:31 am

    Which experiences led former prime ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin — once considered hawks — to attempt to make peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors?

    That question is at the heart of the two thought-provoking museums dedicated to their legacies.

    Located in Jerusalem,...

  • Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem mosque

    March 8, 2013 | 6:07 am

    Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, police said.

    Dozens of officers entered the politically sensitive area, one of Islam's...

  • Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

    February 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank.

    Several dozen Palestinians began hurling rocks at troops stationed outside the Mugrabi Gate after Friday prayers, Ynet reported...

  • Sarah Silverman’s niece can visit Western Wall on Purim despite ban

    February 20, 2013 | 10:07 am

    The niece of American comedian Sarah Silverman will be allowed to attend a women's Megillah reading at the Western Wall despite being banned from the site.

    Hallel Abramowitz Silverman, 17, was one of 10 female worshipers arrested for wearing prayer shawls during a women's rosh...

  • E. Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

    December 13, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Three Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion that they attacked a haredi Orthodox Jewish man.

    The teens, all 16, told police after they were arrested Thursday that they attacked the Jewish man because they had been attacked previously by Jews, according to Israel Radio.

    They are accused of injuring the 20-year-old man on Wednesday evening as he walked through the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

  • ‘Come back [to Israel] and bring a lot of people with you’

    December 4, 2012 | 11:11 am

    “No Shopping!” guide Nadav Kersh admonished his charges as they entered the crowded Old City of Jerusalem. “I mean it. No shopping! It’s just too easy to get lost here.”

    Kersh was guiding a group of tour operators from the U.S., U.K. and South Africa on a whirlwind tour of the...

  • Police push back rioters on Temple Mount

    October 5, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Israeli police reportedly pushed back rioters on the Temple Mount.

    Police used shock grenades to subdue hundreds of rioters throwing stones after the end of Friday prayers, Israel Radio reported.

    There were no reports of injuries, it said.

    The site in Jerusalem's Old City,...

  • Suicide car bombers strike in heart of Aleppo, killing 48

    October 3, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Three suicide car bombs and a mortar barrage ripped through a government-controlled district of central Aleppo housing a military officers' club on Wednesday, killing 48 people according to activists.

    The coordinated attacks hit just days after rebels launched an offensive...

  • In Jerusalem, Romney emphasizes nuclear Iran and ‘tumult’ in region

    July 30, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Mitt Romney at a policy speech in Jerusalem addressed the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program and changes in the Arab world.

    Most of all, however, the 15-minute address at a park overlooking the Old City focused on what Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate,...

  • Is the heart of Israeli cinema in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Call it sibling rivalry.

    Although less than 40 miles apart, holy, historied Jerusalem and delightedly unholy Tel Aviv barely have anything in common.

    Ask any inhabitant from one city for thoughts about the other and you’ll probably hear that those citizens live “in another...

  • After Jerusalem Day

    By Stuart Schoffman

    May 30, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    On the morning after Yom Yerushalayim, I walked past the prime minister’s house on the way to the dentist. The house sits on Balfour Street, named for the British lord whose famous Declaration of 1917 paved the road to the Jewish state. Half a century later, the Israel Defense...

  • Police quell Temple Mount riots

    February 24, 2012 | 8:15 am

    Police dispersed Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount who apparently had been spurred by reports that Jewish extremists planned to enter the site.

    Reports said the rioters, among the Friday worshippers at the site’s mosques, hurled rocks at the Mughrabi Bridge entrance, prompting a...

  • Israel closes Jerusalem holy compound footbridge

    December 12, 2011 | 8:21 am

    Israel on Monday closed a footbridge it deemed unsafe at Jerusalem’s holiest and most volatile religious site after fears that demolition of the structure, used mainly by non-Muslim tourists, could spark Arab anger.

    The wooden ramp was erected by Israeli authorities as a stopgap...

  • Putting My Learning Into Practice: Tikkun Olam in Jerusalem

    by Michal Meyers, alumna of Masa Israel’s Midreshet Harova

    November 23, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    We learned from the wee hours of the morning until late at night, but Torah study is incomplete without chessed, or acts of kindness. This was a lesson I learned while a student at Midreshet Harova, a Masa Israel-accredited seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Coming from LA,...

  • U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem warns travelers of violence

    September 22, 2011 | 11:25 am

    The U.S. Consulate General has banned its personnel from visiting the Old City of Jerusalem due to fears of violence.

    In an emergency message sent to Americans registered with the consulate who are visiting or living in Israel, the consulate also urged U.S. citizens to avoid “areas...

  • Briefs: Palestinians riot near Jerusalem dig; Brandeis threatened with loss of donations

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians Riot Around Jerusalem

    Palestinians rioted at entry points to Jerusalem to protest a ban stemming from previous riots over an Old City dig. Police banned Palestinian males under age 50 from attending Friday prayer services at mosques on the Temple Mount, and extended a...

  • War enhances intensity of Israel trip

    By Daniela Bernstein

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The siren went on for at least a minute. It was a Friday evening in early July 2006, during the war with Hezbollah, and I was sitting on a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, getting ready to welcome in the Shabbat with the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.

    Unlike the previous...
  • Meditate on Shabbat in the Old City

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Minutes from the Western Wall, brilliant bougainvillea grace the courtyard of an Old City apartment encased in Jerusalem's signature stone. This is where participants in Sarah Yehudit Schneider's women-only meditation retreats symbolically leave the rest of the week behind to...

  • Jerusalem’s Old City Finds Twin in Girona

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their narrow passageways and cobblestone streets, picturesque Girona and Jerusalem's Old City share more than just a certain outward appearance.

    As early as the 12th century, artists from this Catalan city portrayed Jerusalem and its Jewish residents in a magnificent tapestry...

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