What to Do?

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French Jews are feeling embattled. Arsonists have targeted their synagogues, terrorists have attacked their schools and shops, and with only a few exceptions, French society has not united behind them to stop the assaults and harassment. The solution, according to Israel’s prime minister, is simple: Move to Israel. “To all the Jews of France, all… Read More

Breaking Point

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PARIS — When he heard that four Jews had died in an attack on a kosher supermarket near his home, 16-year-old Natan Kalifa was overcome with grief, anger and a feeling of exclusion from French society. He even contemplated staging an act of violence — possibly against Islamists who support the murders — he recalled… Read More

Day School Crunch

When Scheck Community Day School in South Florida opened its new state-of-the-art stadium last fall, people took notice. The 1,070-student school’s stadium is just one of many multimillion-dollar projects underway at day schools across the country aimed at revamping sports complexes. Some hazarded the construction could signal a trend among Jewish private schools to pour… Read More

Acts of Kindness

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More than 600 volunteers turned out at the Park Heights JCC on Dec. 25 for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual Mitzvah Day celebration. Hands-on projects for charity dominated the event and kept all the participants happily engaged.   Photos by David Stuck  

Power Push

Racheli Ibenboim is urging women to boycott haredi parties in March's Knesset elections unless they 
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TEL AVIV — Racheli Ibenboim acts as if she’s in a rush, repeatedly checking her phone before hurrying off to her next appointment exactly 30 minutes after the current one begins. The way Ibenboim tells it, she’s not just trying to keep up with a tight schedule but with a rapidly changing world. Two years… Read More

Oil Spill Heightens Sense of Urgency at Israeli Conference on Green Energy

A ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurates the new Regional Collaboration Center for Research and Development and Renewable Energy near Eilat.

The worst oil spill in Israel’s history was the unplanned backdrop for a recent international conference on green energy held in Eilat, the country’s southernmost city. A busy port and popular resort city located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, Eilat is at the epicenter of the Jewish state’s renewable energy industry. The… Read More

Paris Kosher Supermarket Standoff Over

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All hostage takers are dead, and their hostages are being freed after simultaneous raids on the two sites in Paris, one a kosher supermarket,  attacked  by terrorists today. It is not clear how many casualties there are, but at least two people in addition to the hostage takers are reported dead. The hostage situation began… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Two Reported Killed, Hostages Taken at Paris Kosher Market

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Several people are being held hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris. and two are reported dead. The hostage situation began shortly after noon at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, according to Chlomik Zenouda, vice president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. “Ten people are being held hostage and one… Read More

A Budget Problem

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With an approaching budget deficit in the $600 million range, both experts and state political figures predict 2015 to be the year of the budget. “Unless the estimates are wildly off and the state’s able to generate a lot more revenue than they expect, I think the budget is going to be the first, the… Read More

‘A Real State’

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When Britain’s Parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine in October, Elie Barnavi, a former Israeli ambassador to France, dismissed the motion as mere symbolism. Reflecting many Israelis’ view of the string of nonbinding motions on Palestinian statehood adopted by European parliaments in recent weeks, Barnavi said the vote should be seen as a gesture… Read More