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Uri Geller was CIA spy, documentary claims JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israeli magician and psychic Uri Geller worked as a CIA spy, according to a new documentary. “The Secret Life of Uri Geller-Psychic...

 
 By Linda Gradstein    News    June 21, 2013

Beyond the drip: Israeli agriculture continues to innovate

RISHON LETZION, Israel—Strange things are happening at the Volcani Center in this Tel Aviv suburb. Potatoes sprayed with spearmint oil are not sprouting for months, Granny Smith apples deprived of...

 

Israel's Dip-Tech turns building façades into art

Stained glass is one of the main attractions at many of the world’s famous churches. An Israeli company has decided to take this colorful craft to the next level. It’s called Dip-Tech, and thanks to its innovative digital glass printing...

 

In search of Yiddishkeit in Norway

The most common response I received when I told people that I was going to Norway this spring on a trip for Jewish journalists was “Why?” Follow-ups included, “Are there any Jews there?” and,...

 

Creating modern Israeli heroine, LeBor crosses Lisbeth Salander and biblical Yael

BUDAPEST (JTA)—There’s a new Jewish heroine on the block, a tough but tender Israeli who does undercover work for the United Nations and stars in a new series of thrillers by the British author an...

 
 By Julie Wiener    News    June 21, 2013

U.S. publisher, Israeli nonprofit team up on new Jewish ed-tech incubator

In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the...

 

Say goodbye to surgical stitches and staples

Women giving birth by Caesarean section could be the first to benefit from a revolutionary Israeli invention for closing surgical incisions without stitches or staples. The technique also promises to...

 

Becoming a big city lady

It’s difficult for me to imagine anyone taking lifestyle advice from episodes of “Sex and the City,” but the TV show and its heroine, Carrie Bradshaw, served as a major influence for Rebecca...

 
 By Isaac Lobel    Features    June 21, 2013

Coming out, a young gay man finds self-acceptance

NEW YORK (JTA)—For my bar mitzvah, my parents got me a laptop. For what I searched for on it, they got me a shrink. CyberSitter informed my computer-savvy parents that their son was searching gay...

 

Israel, U.S., Jordan reportedly coordinating attack on Syrian weapons

While the U.S. administration has officially adopted the position that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and has declared publicly that it will provide the rebels with military aid, it appears that behind-the-scenes preparations are still...

 

Poland's Jewish renaissance brings to light 'underpinnings' of Judeo-Christian Western culture

June 28 will mark the start of the 23rd annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, whose closing event is a concert that routinely draws 20,000-25,000 people and exemplifies the re-emerging...

 

Orthodox Jewish women ordained as first class of a 'different kind of leader'

On the surface, last Sunday’s ordination ceremony for the first three graduates of Bronx, N.Y.-based Yeshivat Maharat—the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and...

 

Heads up: Jewish brewer thriving amid craft beer boom

NEW YORK (JTA)—With the creation of David’s Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager, beer maker Jeremy Cowan is evoking the image of the legendary battle between David and Goliath—a match-up that’s also...

 

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