“This popular summer festival will again engage people of all ages to not only experience a taste of the region through art and food, but also examine and challenge beliefs about personal and cultural identity. HAMSA-Fest will [...]
Two years after they were forced from their homes, over 2000 Jews now residing in Israel proper are in need of a place to life and a way to support themselves. You may recall that the Israeli government forcibly uprooted dozens of Gaza settlements, including Gush Katif, and many of the Katif residents still are [...]
(photo reuters) We’re coming up on a year since the illegal capture kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Schalit by Palestinian terrorists on sovereign Israeli soil.
In the wake of the madness that ensued over the last two weeks in Gaza, Hamas has faced near complete rebuke by the international community for its Coup attempt. In rather [...]
This was in the Trib last month, but it caught my eye.
Sephardic groups use Coca-Cola trespass suit to reveal misfortunes of thousands in era of Middle East conflict
“The Egyptian government’s actions were part of a campaign of anti-Semitic discrimination and persecution that caused almost a million Jews in Arab/Islamic countries, like the Bigios, to [...]
For Temenim, the Shi’ite is hitting the fan….
“SANAA (Reuters) – Dawood Suleiman, a Yemeni Jew, felt something had changed in his village when someone threw a stone at him in the street. Soon after, the Jews of Al Salem received a threat from a local Shi’ite rebel group warning them to leave.”
Full story Here.
Rechov Sumsum returns to the Israeli airwaves this year, marking the first time in @@@ years the Israeli version of Sesame Street produces new episodes. There will be some new charachters, however.
A new feature is the first Arab puppet in the Israeli series, “Rechov Sumsum.” Its Palestinian counterpart, “Shara’a Simsim,” seeks to offer positive [...]
Etz Chaim Hi
Bein Mayim L’Yayin
Rock out on Israeli Independence Day with an All Ages show featuring Heedoosh, whose visceral sound is akin to shoving your soul into an electric socket.
“Embracing styles from hard rock grunge to sensually melodic ballads, Heedoosh sonically traverses a brooding, middle eastern fusion with Hebrew lyrics that [...]
True Ancestor isn’t a regular read of mine but its one of the funnier things I’ve read about the passing of Anna Nicole Smith. Actually its the only things I’ve read about it, but its pretty good:
One was driven to destruction by warring interests, a quest for power, slavish devotion and feverish worship, and upon [...]
A report by Haifa University’s Faculty of Education says that Arab/Jewish peace education programs have little or no impact. Huh…
The research focused on more than 1,000 pupils aged 15 and 16 who participated in coexistence programs for seven months. One of the researchers, Dr. Yigal Rosen, blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for shaping opinions among [...]
We are meeting up tomorrow night at the Fixx to talk Israel. We’ll be missing our rabbi, so it will be a very personal chat–traveling to Israel, tzedeka and not so much the politics. Will we see you there?
Leave it to Jews on both sides of the political debate to make a mess of things on the New Year of the Trees. ShamirPower of Jewschool offers some nice productive ways to plant trees this year in an environmentally sustainable way.
Meanwhile two groups in the West Bank are truly making a mess of [...]
JTA reports that two Israeli films, Adama Meshuggat and Hot House have won the World Cinema and Special Jury prizes acccordingly. The first is about a young boy’s life on a Kibbutz, the other about how the Israeli prisons have impacted the lives, and motivations, of their Palestinian prisoners. Wow, the Zionist dream [...]
Mr. President. President Katsav. Moshele.
Setting aside for the moment that your indictment, though imminent, has not yet been issued, for the sake of the nation, you need to step down. It may be a pack of lies, it may all be true, but that really dosn’t matter now. The Presidency of Israel [...]
In the West Bank settlement of Dolev, near Binyamin community, the Yad Yair synagogue was damaged, leaving Torah scrolls and many other sacred objects housed within (and in the adjoining building) burned and destroyed. The Binyamin Regional Council suspects Palestinians to be behind the incident.
The synagogue, west of Ramallah, was erected over a decade ago [...]
We begin with Judah pleading that Joseph take him into slavery in the place of his younger brother Benjamin. Joseph is moved. Then like Martin Landau in the old Mission Impossible TV series, Joseph finally ends the cruel deceptions and reveals his true identity to his stunned brothers. All 70 members of daddy Jacob’s [...]
Every Jew has a cousin in Buenos Aires. 200,000 Jews live in Argentina, and a dozen years ago, the world was shocked when a bombing rocked the Argentine Jewish community. The AMIA (essentially a JCC) was reduced to rubble in an explosion that killed 85 and injured 200. It followed the 1992 bombing [...]
Peli, recognized by many as the mother of Orthodox feminism, died in Yerushalayim yesterday morning at age 74. Born in New York, she made aliyah in the early 70s with her husband, Rabbi Pinchas Peli, and began a women’s minyan in her home using her own Torah scroll which led to the establishment of Congregation [...]
The head of Isreal’s Peace Now, whose primary concern has long been the monitering of settlement growth and enforcement of agreements to limit or remove them, is doing reserve duty… guarding a settlement. JTA reports.
Last night as part of the Oyhoo Festival in NYC, Jewish and Arab MC’s took the stage together for a “Sulha” an Arab tribal tradition of reciprocal gestures and an eventual get together to set aside differences. Israeli MC Sagel 59 and Arab-Isreali MC Saz took the stage and rocked the house along with Chicago’s [...]