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.

French university accused of putting on anti-Semitic play

JTA Wire Service A French university defended a student theater production that a Jewish leader labeled “grossly anti-Semitic.” “The humor is difficult to handle, but this is not an anti-Semitic show,” Catherine Benguigui, vice president of the University of La Rochelle, told the local newspaper Sud Ouest in an article published last week.

Be Found

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Adelsons donate another $40 million to Birthright

JTA Wire Service Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated another $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation. Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million. “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and educational opportunity,” said Miriam Adelson in a statement… Read More

Documentary Under Way To Tell The Story Of Streit’s Matzo

JT intern From the moment Michael Levine poked his head into a first-floor window of the tenement buildings that house Streit’s Matzo factory, he knew there was an incredible story just waiting to be told. Streit’s Matzo is not your average large-scale food manufacturer. The last family-owned matzo factory in America, it remains in the… Read More

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

Safe & Sound

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Since the fateful morning of Dec. 14, 2012, schools around the country have turned greater attention toward securing their facilities and ensuring the safety of their faculty, staff and students. The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead, has caused school leaders across the… 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

Internet Terror On The Rise

At conference, thought leaders call for change The Internet is teeming with recruitment sites for potential jihadists; how to sites for building bombs, and numerous forums in which terrorists can share and build upon their hate. “It’s very troubling. Unless we change what is happening in the Internet, we can expect many more Boston-style attacks,… Read More