Computer network to help break Cairo Genizah codes

JTA Wire Service The Friedberg Genizah Project will use a high performance computer network at Tel Aviv University to break the codes of the Cairo genizah. The project, announced on Sunday, will match up pieces of some 200,000 ancient manuscripts discovered more than a century ago in the genizah. More than 100 linked computers at… Read More

Beersheva bank attack spurs gun reforms in Israel

JTA Wire Service Israel would require security guards to leave their weapons at work under gun reforms unveiled in the aftermath of a Beersheva bank attack that killed four. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced the planned reforms on May 21, the day after a former Border Police captain’s rampage at a Bank Hapoalim branch.

Electric car company Better Place files for bankruptcy in Israel

JTA Wire Service The electric car company Better Place filed for bankruptcy in an Israeli court. In a motion filed Sunday in Tel Aviv’s Central District Court to dissolve the company, Better Place said it was looking for a temporary liquidator. The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., fired about half its staff last October…. Read More

Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

JTA Wire Service Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions. Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy. The spokesperson said that some mikvahs, or ritual baths, had blocked Conservative and Reform… Read More

Kotel Clash: One Baltimoreans First-hand Account

It seemed like a scene out of a novel. Piercing screams. Cries of “Nazi” and “traitor.” But this clash — a protest that resembled a mini-war — was not out of a Holocaust memoir or even a history textbook. It was the scene last Friday morning at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites… Read More

Israel Integrating Arabs into High-Tech World

Four years ago, the Israeli government named Nazareth a national priority area, meaning that Israel’s largest Arab city would be granted economic incentives as a preferential area and firms that relocate to the city are entitled to tax breaks. Recently, the first industrial park in Nazareth was officially opened in April by Israeli entrepreneur and… Read More

Streisand to receive honorary doctorate from Hebrew U.

JTA Wire Service Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Streisand, the iconic Jewish-American singer and actress, will be presented with the degree at a ceremony on June 17 during the Hebrew University International Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. In a statement, the university said Streisand was being… Read More

Weekend of Fire and Stone Terror in Judea and Samaria

Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria experienced and extremely violent weekend. They were subjected to numerous terror attacks perpetrated by Arabs throughout region. Arab arsonists took advantage of the dry and hot weather this weekend and ignited brush fields in several locations in an attempt to cause damage to homes and property or to destroy… Read More

Israeli official protests Google’s use of Palestine

JTA Wire Service A senior Israeli official called on Google to reconsider its decision to change the wording on its services and products from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin also told Google CEO Larry Page in a letter sent Sunday that he was in essence recognizing a Palestinian state that… Read More

What does Jerusalem mean to you?

Tazpit News Agency Staff In light of Jerusalem Day, Tazpit News Agency interviewed tourists and residents in the Old City of Jerusalem to hear what the city means to them. Jerusalem Day or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew marks the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and will be celebrated this year on May 8.