Israel News

October 23, 2013

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the leader of the non-hasidic Lithuanian Ashkenazi community, was attacked at his home in Israel. Shteinman, 99, suffered a bruise on his chest but was unhurt otherwise during the attack in Bnei Brak early Wednesday morning, The Jerusalem Post reported. His attacker — a haredi Orthodox man in his 20s — CONTINUE »

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According to JCPA, some rabbis fearful of expressing views on Israel … not so much in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Rabbi Steven Schwartz said he speaks about Israel all the time — in the context of his sermons, in his adult education classes, in Torah study sessions. “I don’t know how you cannot,” he said. But it appears that Rabbi Schwartz — and many of Baltimore’s local rabbis who responded to the question, “To what CONTINUE »

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Israel Democracy Institute study reveals that Israeli Jews, Arabs are becoming increasingly divided and that a majority of Israeli Jews feel it’s important to close the growing economic gap
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Forty-three percent of Israeli Jews consider their lives “so-so,” according to the 2013 Democracy Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 6. The annual report, which takes the pulse of Israeli Jews and Arabs, was conducted between April 8 and May 2 and included 1,000 respondents. According to the IDI, the maximum sampling CONTINUE »

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Young Israelis on a tour to teach others how to turn lemons into lemonade
October 10, 2013

Optimistic. Determined. Inexhaustible. Pick a synonym for any of the above, and you can use it to describe the team of young Israelis pedaling each year across the United States to cure cancer. Earlier this week, the participants of Bike For the Fight completed their second annual ride, which took them through the Baltimore, Rockville CONTINUE »

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Israeli-Arab government official talks about steps being taken to better integrate minorities into Israel’s labor force
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 10, 2013

The economic security of Israel is at risk. It sounds dramatic, but it is a reality on the ground — unless the government’s efforts at creating equality of access to education and jobs for Israeli-Arab citizens are successful. Some facts: Israeli-Arabs make up 20.6 percent of the Israeli population, but they contribute only 8 percent CONTINUE »