Power Push

TEL AVIV — Racheli Ibenboim acts as if she’s in a rush, repeatedly checking her phone before hurrying off to her next appointment exactly 30 minutes after the current one begins. The way Ibenboim tells it, she’s not just trying to keep up with a tight schedule but with a rapidly changing world. Two years… Read More

Paris Kosher Supermarket Standoff Over

All hostage takers are dead, and their hostages are being freed after simultaneous raids on the two sites in Paris, one a kosher supermarket,  attacked  by terrorists today. It is not clear how many casualties there are, but at least two people in addition to the hostage takers are reported dead. The hostage situation began… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Two Reported Killed, Hostages Taken at Paris Kosher Market

Several people are being held hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris. and two are reported dead. The hostage situation began shortly after noon at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, according to Chlomik Zenouda, vice president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. “Ten people are being held hostage and one… Read More

‘A Real State’

When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ view of the string of nonbinding motions on Palestinian statehood adopted by European parliaments in recent weeks, Barnavi said the vote should be seen as a gesture… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Jewish Cartoonist Among Parisian Dead

An attack on the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine has left at least 12 people dead, including the Jewish caricaturist Georges Wolinski. Two of the reported fatalities in Wednesday’s attack were police officers, according to the French daily newspaper Le Monde. Ten others were wounded, five of them seriously. Details of the attack… Read More

Israeli NGO Blows Whistle

Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, a civil rights nongovernmental organization headquartered in Israel, announced last month that the group filed whistleblower action with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service against the Presbyterian Church USA. The 38-page complaint alleges that the church violated the U.S. Tax Code by engaging in political lobbying and supporting the boycott, divestment and… Read More

Seeing the Light

TEL AVIV — In the sun-parched fields near where the largest oil spill in Israeli history poured millions of liters of crude oil into the desert on Dec. 4, an ambitious effort is underway to help reduce global dependency on petroleum for energy. Known as the Eilot Belt, the area is the site of Israel’s… Read More

Israeli Youth Movement

LOD, Israel — He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost. Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-Arab city in central Israel. The village, comprised of several apartment complexes, offers students cheap rent in exchange for volunteer… Read More

Sephardic Vogue

ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the sprawling American-Spanish military complex Naval Station Rota in 2012, Gipson, a former naval outreach professional who now teaches off base, found three dusty… Read More