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This factory makes thousands of shofars each year

GIVAT YOAV, Golan Heights (JTA)-Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn't have time to teach you how to blow the shofar. But if you come all the way to his Kol Shofar factory here, Keinan is...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    September 22, 2017 

Now Israel has its own version of the 'alt-right'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—For many Jews, Nazis are public enemy No. 1, and using Nazi imagery to make a political point is strictly verboten. But some young, right-wing Israelis aren’t buying it. Inspired by the so-called alt-right abroad, their online...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    September 8, 2017

Israelis again debate the price of a kidnapped soldier's body

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's defense minister reignited the emotional national debate over what price the country should be willing to pay for the return of kidnapped soldiers, particularly the bodies of...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    July 28, 2017

U.S. pilots reunite with Israeli 'brothers in arms' from Yom Kippur War

TEL AVIV (JTA)-The arrival of U.S. fighter jets in Israel, part of a month-long arms drop, was critical to turning the tide of the Yom Kippur War in favor of the Jewish state. But for the American...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 28, 2017

The first medic to respond to the Temple Mount terror attack was Muslim-here's his story

JERUSALEM (JTA)-When Nedal Sader first heard the crackle of automatic weapon fire Friday morning, he couldn't believe it was coming from the Temple Mount. As a Muslim, he regarded the complex just out...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017

A Knesset bloc unveils its plan for peace: Total Palestinian surrender

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel has already defeated the Palestinians. All that's left is for them to surrender. That, at least, was an argument being made in Jerusalem last week. Led by the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017

These American Jews are looking beyond the Western Wall-to prayer on the Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Liberal American Jews are feeling thwarted in their years-long campaign for the right to pray as they wish at the Western Wall. Long frustrated that the plaza in front of the wall is...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 14, 2017

How Gaza's electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza's nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 14, 2017

A haredi Orthodox rabbi explains why his community opposes the Western Wall deal

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Haredi Orthodox Jews agree with their non-Orthodox brethren on one thing: The future of the Jewish people is at stake in the debate raging over who controls the Western Wall and...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 7, 2017

Decaying relations with Diaspora yield bold words in Israel, but little action

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli politicians rushed to condemn their government's decision Sunday to freeze a plan promoting pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall. Voices from across the political spectrum,...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    July 7, 2017

The West Bank's world class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements

PSAGOT, West Bank (JTA)-Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an "unassuming but distinctive blend" of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 30, 2017

After Jerusalem attack, US experts warn Islamic State may be coming to Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time Friday and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 30, 2017

Water-Gen launches first water pilot program in Florida

(JTA)-Large parts of Florida are suffering from severe drought, and hurricane season threatens to make things worse. Enter Water-Gen, an Israeli company whose technology captures humidity to...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 23, 2017

Israel may ban political opinions in college classrooms-and professors are furious

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's minister of education says he wants to protect students from political coercion in the classroom. But critics of a new code of academic conduct he is proposing say it's a...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    June 23, 2017

This outdoor preschool in the Negev is shaking up Israeli education

MITZPE RAMON, Israel (JTA)-It sounds like a Jewish mother's nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    June 9, 2017

An Israeli's alphabet combines Hebrew and Arabic to promote understanding

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Middle East peace may remain out of reach, but at least the Hebrew and Arabic languages have found a compromise. Israeli typography designer Liron Lavi Turkenich has created a stylized...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 2, 2017

Short on time, Yad Vashem packing emotion into Trump visit with story of one young victim

JERUSALEM (JTA)-President Donald Trump spent just 30 minutes at Yad Vashem on the second and last day of his visit to Israel, but the leadership of the Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 26, 2017

Israeli startups are driving the car technology revolution. Here's how.

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israeli startups are revving their engines ahead of the country's largest-ever "smart transportation" event. Over 200 local companies working in transportation technology will be at the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 19, 2017

Israeli paratroopers re-create photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA)-David Rubinger's iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo-Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 12, 2017

These American immigrants are winning back millions for victims of massive fraud in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-They were part of the problem. Now they are spearheading a solution. A Tel Aviv-based startup run by young American Jewish immigrants to Israel, or olim, has taken on the largely...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    April 21, 2017

Israeli women are fighting for equal pay in high-tech

TEL AVIV (JTA)-High-tech workers know there's no problem that can't be solved with a spreadsheet. So a group of Israeli women seeking to combat the gender wage gap in the industry created one last...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    April 14, 2017

Israeli response to Syrian chemical attack? A wave of donations

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday, Israelis have donated hundreds of thousands of shekels to help children and others caught in the conflict raging on...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    March 31, 2017

New immigrants' soccer team hopes to beat Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-"Vamos!" "Pass it!" "Ladrao!" For most of the match on a local field Friday, the Inter Aliyah Club soccer players speak a variety of languages. But when the ball hits the back of the...

 

Groundbreaking TV comedy introduces Israelis to their Ethiopian neighbors

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Last week, Israelis for the first time saw a black lead character on a homegrown, primetime television show. "Nevsu," a half-hour comedy, focuses on an Ethiopian man who is married to...

 

Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)-Dan Shapiro can't seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish...

 

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