International News

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Israel beckons, but students wonder if it’s the right choice
BY Justin Hayet
August 22, 2013

In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question CONTINUE »

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Naked Sea Salt has a new product that’s edible, sustainable, peace promoting and … from the Dead Sea
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 21, 2013

One of the most common stops on a first tour of Israel is the Dead Sea, in Hebrew Yam HaMelach. It’s the place where visitors can change into their bathing suits, saunter to the water’s edge and float — literally unable to immerse in the water due to its high concentration of salt. After the CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 21, 2013

Jewish volunteers have finished building a kitchen the size of a basketball court in Uman, Ukraine, where they plan to prepare 105,000 meals to serve to pilgrims next month. The new kitchen, donated by philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Bogomilsky of Florida, replaced a smaller setup used in previous years by volunteers and employees of Uman’s CONTINUE »

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Religious Jews travel far and wide to visit the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Ukraine each Rosh Hashanah
BY Marc Shapiro
August 21, 2013

Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of CONTINUE »

University of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation launch new American Jewish Studies program
BY Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras
August 21, 2013

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, among others. What’s happening in the American Jewish community and how those events impact future support CONTINUE »