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  • Shabbat dinner sets Guinness record

    June 18, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    More than 2,000 people in Tel Aviv set the Guinness World Record for largest Shabbat dinner.

    At a June 13 evening event hosted by White City Shabbat, a Tel Aviv organization that hosts and coordinates Shabbat meals, and co-sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch, 2,226 people gathered for...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • At prayer vigils, Israelis gather in moment of unity over kidnapping

    June 16, 2014 | 10:33 am

    On the rolling green fields of a suburban Tel Aviv park, hundreds gathered to pray for the imminent rescue of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

    Rabbis delivered speeches, singer Yonatan Razel performed two pieces based on liturgical invocations of God’s mercy, and a prayer was...

  • Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

    June 11, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional district, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews.

    Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority...

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  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Amnesia, not admiration for Israel’s 1964 soccer heroes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Fifty years ago this week, a group of mostly blue-collar workers and army conscripts led Israel to its only senior international soccer title, winning the 1964 Asian Cup in front of rapturous home crowds.

    The achievements of those amateur players, who would skip work to train for...

  • Satisfaction for Israeli Stones fans: Band has arrived

    June 3, 2014 | 8:54 am

    The Rolling Stones arrived in Israel two days before their scheduled Tel Aviv concert.

    The band, making its concert debut in Israel, landed in Israel on Monday and will play Yarkon Park on Wednesday evening at the close of the Shavuot holiday. The concert is part of the Stones’...

  • Two Israelis killed in Brussels shooting

    May 25, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

    A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not give further details on their identities on the victims killed...

  • Letters to the editor: J Street and Tel Aviv

    May 21, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Left, Right and U-Turns on J Street

    David Suissa’s article “J Street’s Real Failure” (May 16) was full of factual errors and falsehoods, and he was also wrong in his overall argument. 

    As Suissa should know, because he spoke at the J Street National Conference, J Street opposes...

  • Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls

    May 20, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Nigeria bought Israeli surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the aircraft's manufacturer said.

    "To the best of our knowledge, these...

  • Guarding Ben-Gurion

    May 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

    A dapper man, wearing his signature safari-style hat, 90-year-old Aaron Friedman becomes exuberant when he shares his tales of being David Ben-Gurion’s bodyguard, a confidant of Yitzhak Shamir and of the fame he enjoyed while being a lifeguard on the beaches of Tel Aviv. He has...

  • Danny Glover among protesters of documentary’s screening in Tel Aviv

    May 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Danny Glover and others featured in a documentary about a 98-year-old Asian-American activist are protesting the film’s screening at a Tel Aviv film festival.

    In a statement released Monday, participants in “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” including...

  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison for bribery conviction

    May 13, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction for accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tuesday morning’s sentence would make him the first Israeli premier to be sent to prison.

    Olmert also was fined $1 million...

  • Backstreet Boys and Jay Leno visiting, the IDF improving and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Celebrating 66 years of independence

    On Tuesday, Israel celebrated its 66th independence day with 24 hours of celebrations that started on Monday night. The streets of every city were colored in blue and white, fireworks lit the sky and famous artists performed on stages set in...

  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Israeli filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, son of Moshe Dayan, dies

    May 1, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, the son of the late Israeli general Moshe Dayan, has died.

    Dayan was discovered dead in his Tel Aviv home on Thursday. He was 68 and had suffered from serious health problems, according to Israeli media.

    Dayan appeared in some 50 Israeli films...

  • Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Go, Maccabi!

    On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi...

  • Cataloging Tel Aviv’s enduring shopkeepers

    April 16, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    A few years ago, photographer Assi Haim was wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, camera in hand, in search of a project topic. It was at the corner of Allenby and Mazeh streets that he found cafeteria proprietor Zosha, 84, and Nurit, his coworker for 18 years.

    Speaking in a 2011...

  • Israel launches new spy satellite

    April 9, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Israel launched a military spy satellite on Wednesday, four years after sending a similar space vehicle into orbit.

    Israeli officials have said before that the nation's satellite programme is aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities in the face of Iran's nuclear...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • Olmert convicted for taking bribes in Holyland scandal

    March 31, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen announced the verdict on Monday morning in what has been called the country’s largest corruption scandal. Olmert is facing up...

  • Tel Aviv allowing some stores to do business on Shabbat

    March 28, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Tel Aviv will permit a limited number of grocery and convenience stores to stay open on the Sabbath and holidays.

    The municipality’s City Council approved an amendment on March 24 giving the stores the go-ahead, but the country’s Interior Ministry also must approve.

    It is...

  • Stymied by Israeli bureaucracy, Ukrainian has been making aliyah for three years

    March 20, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Sitting in his sister’s living room in this town outside Tel Aviv, Yuriy Yukhatskov says he’s glad to be far from his home city of Kiev.

    Yukhatskov, 44, says that what he sees as the pervasive anti-Semitism in Ukraine’s capital would grow only worse with the country’s recent...

  • Beyoncé may play Israel this summer

    March 17, 2014 | 11:33 am

    The upcoming Israeli summer might just be getting even hotter.

    According to a Sunday report on Israel’s Channel 2 news, Beyoncé will be stopping over for a gig at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on June 15.

    The thing is, the date does not appear on Beyoncé’s website. Plus, as...

  • Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

    By Simone Wilson

    March 11, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    “When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008. “The media was making comparisons between the Holocaust and Darfur genocide, and the Israeli government...

  • Tel Aviv as a “City of Refuge”?

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 6, 2014 | 5:30 am

    On February 20th, a panel comprised of individuals with diverse viewpoints spoke on how to create political solutions to the challenges facing African Asylum Seekers in Israel. On the panel sat Orit Marom, Public Awareness and Advocacy Program Director of ASSAF, Maariv columnist...

  • Why some start-ups backed up, others passed up

    February 26, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    “We Israelis may excel at innovation,” said seasoned entrepreneur Yochi Slonim, managing partner of FFWD.me, a Tel Aviv-based program to “fast forward” start-ups. “But we’re pretty clueless when it comes to marketing our assets to potential investors and customers.”

    This...

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