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  • Coexistence as seen by world-famous artists, designers

    Jul 12, 2013

    How can art move someone to be more accepting of differences among people? Can what we see change how we feel? Those are the questions that drove The Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem to hold an international competition among world-famous artists and designers, asking them to interpret the theme of coexistence. The resulting exhibit, COEXISTENCE: The Art of Living Together, was created as striking way for visual art to create a call to action for social change. The works, selected by a...

  • Israel's haredim respond with prayer facing draft, reduced subsidies

    Ben Sales, JTA|Jul 12, 2013

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The large white poster is topped by a screaming headline written in large black letters: “Hell.” Posted on a wall in Jerusalem’s haredi Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood, the sign describes a development that threatens the community with “extinction” and “makes all living hearts tremble.” Known as a pashkvil in Yiddish, the signs are common in Mea Shearim, most of them announcing upcoming funerals or opportunities for Torah study. But several now predict impending doom...

  • Ultra-Orthodox women in Israel join workforce

    Linda Gradstein|Jul 12, 2013

    It’s the first day of school for Chani Dickman, an ultra-Orthodox woman in her 40s. She is one of 20 ultra-Orthodox women participating in a training course for medical coding—reading patients charts and diagnoses and assigning the proper codes that are used for insurance reimbursement. If she passes her exams, she is guaranteed a full-time job with HRS, a Baltimore-based company that does medical coding. She’ll start out above minimum wage and her compensation will increase every year. Dickman will be coming to the Jerusalem Techn...

  • Acknowledging failure on sex allegations, Lamm steps down from Y.U.

    Uriel Heilman, JTA|Jul 12, 2013

    NEW YORK (JTA)—In his letter announcing he was stepping down as Yeshiva University’s chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against Y.U. rabbis in the 1980s. Lamm, now 85, became the school’s third president and head of its rabbinic school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, in 1976. He stepped down as president in 2003, becoming chancellor, but stayed on as the head of RIETS. His resignation July...

  • New Spirit group trying to keep students in Jerusalem

    Linda Gradstein|Jul 12, 2013

    Tal Shavit, 26, is studying political science at Hebrew University and was looking for a job in Jerusalem for after graduation. She hooked up with New Spirit, a nonprofit trying to encourage students to stay in the holy city after they graduate and they arranged an internship with Policy, a large lobbying organization. Even before her four-month internship ended, Policy offered her a job, and Shavit now plans to stay in Jerusalem. “I wanted to find a way to stay in Jerusalem because I don’t really feel at home anywhere else,” Shavit told The M...

  • Common food supplement fights degenerative brain disorders

    Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c.org|Jul 12, 2013

    Many older people already take the compound phosphatidylserine to improve cognition and slow memory loss. There is more good news about this natural food supplement, coming out of an Israeli university: phosphatidylserine appears to improve the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders, including Parkinson’s disease (PD) and familial dysautonomia (FD). Produced from beef, oysters or soy, and already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, phosphatidylserine c...

  • Jewish groups facing obstacles in bid to restore voting protections

    Ron Kampeas, JTA|Jul 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Reps. Eric Cantor and John Lewis stood together recently at a Montgomery, Ala., memorial to martyrs of the civil rights struggle, joining hands to sing “We Shall Overcome.” With the Supreme Court decision two weeks ago gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act—one of the landmark pieces of legislation from that era— Virginia’s Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Georgia’s Lewis, a Democrat and civil rights hero, now have that to overcome....

  • What 'World War Z' says about Israel

    Jana Banin, JTA|Jul 12, 2013

    (JTA)—”World War Z” gives us the basics of a summer blockbuster—a star actor worth looking at (Brad Pitt) and a far-fetched action-packed plot (hero races to stop virus that is turning all of humanity into zombies). So can’t we all just buy some popcorn, suspend our disbelief and enjoy the show? Well, no. The movie features another equally well-known newsmaker, if in this case less publicized: Israel. The zombie plague is spreading like wildfire, and Pitt’s character, Gerry Lane, a former U.N....

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