Behind the Scenes

Zili Grossman, a former PR 
professional for Eilat’s hotel scene, now runs an aid organization for the city’s poor.

EILAT, Israel  — Zili Grossman did public relations for “half the hotels” in Eilat, she says. She was the mayor’s press adviser. Her job took her to festivals, bowling alleys, theaters and miniature golf courses — the gamut of tourist attractions in Israel’s best-known resort town. After a career shift, she opened up a fashion… Read More

A Revelation

Photos courtesy of M. STAROWIEYSKA, D.GOLIK/POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Given that half of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust came from Poland, many descendants of Polish Jews may be surprised to learn about the current hospitable environment for the Jewish population of their ancestors’ country. Poland experiences far less anti-Semitism than the typical European country and is home to a burgeoning… Read More

Horror in Har Nof

Israeli police and rescue workers remove the body of one of the four victims. One witness said, “This is one of the most shocking scenes ... people just bled out.” (Photos Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Robin Kahn and her husband, Simon, have lived in the Jerusalem suburban neighborhood of Har Nof for more than 22 years. This past Tuesday, their morning began like any other with Simon leaving at 7 o’clock for early morning prayer services at his synagogue. Normalcy ended soon thereafter. “He called me, which is strange because… Read More

Har Nof: ‘Scenic’ Home to Families, Learners

Standing above the western approach to Jerusalem, the neighborhood of Har Nof lies far from the Israel capital’s center. In English, Har Nof means “scenic mountain,” a nod to the hills on which the neighborhood sits. Home to a large number of yeshivas and seminaries, it is known for its haredi Orthodox population and was… Read More

What’s in a Name?

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JERUSALEM — It doesn’t have a name, so what do you call it? And if you can’t name it, how do you deal with it? There’s no question “it” is happening, the evidence overwhelming. What started with stone throwing after the murder of 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2 has been increasing exponentially,… Read More

Biden Pledges Continued Support for Israel

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Among the many personal connections Vice President Joe Biden has made in the Jewish community, he holds that of Elie Wiesel close to his heart. The Holocaust survivor, author, activist and professor said something that has stuck with Biden for a long time. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel told Biden, who recalled… Read More

Hurtful Words

Obama Administration officials attempted to distance themselves from administration officials’ insults aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, organizations and pundits. In an article written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, anonymous administration officials used choice words to denounce Netanyahu for what the… Read More

Jerusalem Light Rail Under Attack

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JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the city’s diverse neighborhoods. No more. It has become the symbol of a city under attack. On July 2, 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir… Read More

Verbal Assault

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As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli prime minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

Is Jerusalem in Israel?

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All a 12-year-old boy born in Jerusalem to American parents wants is the right to list “Israel” as his place of birth on his passport. But at times during oral arguments Monday before the United States Supreme Court in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the debate swelled to include the government’s balance of powers as well as… Read More