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 By Marcy Oster    News    August 10, 2018

South African model banned from Israel goes from critic of Palestinians to 'poster girl' for BDS

(JTA)-It's been a dizzying few weeks for South African model and actress Shashi Naidoo, who transformed herself from a harsh critic of the Palestinians to what some are calling a "cover girl" for...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 3, 2018

The Western Wall 'spit out a stone,' and some see a message from above

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The heavy stone that fell out of the Western Wall and came crashing down on a platform set aside for egalitarian prayer has been removed for examination and restoration, but the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 27, 2018

Does Israel need a law to define itself as the nation-state of the Jewish people?

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel is debating legislation that supporters say states the obvious. Critics, meanwhile, say the measure will divide Israeli society and damage its relationships with the rest of...

 

This panoramic sukkah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard

JERUSALEM (JTA)-When it comes to Sukkot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as sukkahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of...

 

Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. surging in 2017, rose by a third in 2016

(JTA)-Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There has...

 

Israel came prepared for this U.N. report on Gaza War

(JTA)-This time, Israel and its supporters came prepared. Anticipating what they believed would be an unfair U.N. report on last summer's Gaza War, the Israeli government and friendly groups in the Un...

 

Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Ralph Goldman, who as a young man helped shepherd the State of Israel into existence and later devoted his professional life to bringing humanitarian relief to Jews across the globe,...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 22, 2014

Amid strife of Gaza-Israel conflict, some tales to warm the heart

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Perhaps with the worries about rockets flying and death tolls mounting during the Gaza operation, many lost sight of the myriad heartwarming stories from the conflict. Here are some yo...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 29, 2013

In typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Israel brings its experience in disaster relief

(JTA)-Obviously wanting to get back to work as the medical manager of the field hospital set up by the Israel Defense Forces in the Philippines, Lt.-Col. Dr. Ofer Merin speaks hurriedly about the thr...

 
 By Marcy Oster    Features    June 7, 2013

Israel under the radar

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Here are some stories out of Israel that you may have missed: Record-setting Shabbat table? The central Israeli city of Bnei Brak set what is believed to be the world’s longest Shabbat table. At 197 feet long, the table set with c...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    April 19, 2013

Israel under the radar

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Here are some stories out of Israel that you may have missed: A better bomb shelter app An app that helps Israelis locate the nearest bomb shelter was updated in response to the...

 

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