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The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.



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Sudanese immigrants in Tel Aviv
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The day after police arrested four Eritrean and Sudanese men for robbing and raping a 19 year-old woman in south Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said most African illegal immigrants should be rounded up and either deported or arrested.

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Kinneret Yoga
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

Women who seek the opportunity to do Asanas in an environment which is more Hoshannah than Ganesha – and teach other women to do the same - can now sign up for a special course designed especially for Jewish Yoga aficionadas who want to teach the healing art to others.

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America's Voices in Israel May mission to Israel in a group shot in Jerusalem. Left: Rabbi Irwin Katsof, Mekhi Pfifer, Holt McCallany, AnnaLynne McCord, Omar Epps, Paul Johansson, Paget Brewster, Zach Roerig, and Holly Robinson Peete.
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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Omar Epps, on his second visit to Israel with America's Voices in Israel, explained that it was the country's "rich history, culture, people and energies" that drew him back. "For me personally, the spiritual significance of this place hits me to the core. The fact that the world's three ancient religions meet in one place makes the holiness of this land so unique," said Epps. "I'm bringing my kids here next time to experience this land together with my wife."

Henry Kissinger in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger., who's turning 89 this month (may we suggest holiday in Vietnam?), was spotted last Friday at LaGuardia airport in New York, getting routed to the pat-down line while going through security.

Surgery, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, early 20th century
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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While some religions place ultimate responsibility for healing in divine hands, “Jews don’t see a conflict between faith and medicine,” says Alan M. Kraut, a professor of history at American University who helped put together the exhibition “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter With Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” on view at Yeshiva University Museum in Manhattan.

Coming Home
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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A resident of Gush Etzion walks the perimeter of Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There are areas on the holy mountaintop which, according to some rabbinic opinions, are permitted for Jews to set foot on even in our times. There are police restrictions, unfortunately, on conducting a Jewish prayer with a minyan anywhere on Temple Mount, […]

 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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A suburban New York father is suing his school district over the anti-Semitic taunting of his son. Robert Slade filed the suit last week alleging that officials at Northport High School on Long Island took no action to stop a group of 20 students from traumatizing his son with taunts such as “Jews are disgusting,” […]

Y-Love & Diwon Live on tour in Manchester.
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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"Most people have probably never heard of Y-Love," writes Jerry Portwood in Out Magazine this week, explaining that "for a dedicated fan base, however, Y-Love, aka Yitz Jordan, is a popular Hassidic hip-hop artist who raps in a mix of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin. That’s right: Jordan is an African-American rapping Jew. And now he wants the world to know he’s gay."

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H. Res. 568, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla., seen here on her weekly radio show), chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, had 314 sponsors.
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

The House on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution that "strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability," and expresses "opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat." Americans for Peace Now urged members of Congress to "vote NO or PRESENT."

 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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While Pakistan has been invited to the NATO summit in Chicago next week, Israel has been left out, at the request of Turkey, according to Reuters. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has not yet responded to the invitation. Israel, NATO’s most dependable Middle East ally in the war against terrorism, did not even an invitation […]

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US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visits the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem (January 2012)
 

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

On the issue of ultra-Orthodox military service, 41% of those surveyed said they would be moderately or very interested in joining the Haredi IDF program, while 59% said they had either little or no interest. Still, the percentage of interest is substantially higher than the current annual rate of Haredi enlistment in the IDF.

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At a meeting last month in front of the Ulpana Hill homes, members of the Likud Committee assembled to voice their support for blocking the demolition efforts.
 

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

According to a Tuesday report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not see a way to prevent the court-ordered demolition of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El, in the Benjamin region of Judea and Samaria. The neighborhood' spokesman thinks the PM must be helped out of the entanglement of his own doing.

Mediterranean Blues
 

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

Young IDF soldier playing saxophone on the Tel Aviv boardwalk near Jaffa, May 3, 2012. “The port area is a mixed suburb of buildings, interlaced by small streets, the main one of square cobblestones. Scores of shops, pubs, art and exhibition galleries, entertainment centers and restaurants – from Eastern European to Ethiopian, from kosher to […]

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Posted on: May 15th, 2012

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European Union foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels slammed Israel for threatening the viability of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Their three-page statement released Monday condemned the increased growth of settlement building, and the eviction of Palestinians and demolition of their homes in eastern Jerusalem. It also expressed concern over settler violence. […]

Last year Arab demonstrators marked the 63rd anniversary of Naka (catastrophe in Arabic), the term Arabs use to describe the 1948 creation of the state of Israel.
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

On Monday night, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners agreed to end their hunger strike after winning concessions from Israel to improve their conditions, both sides announced. Earlier in the week, concern had been rising about the effect the death of one of the strikers might have on Tuesday's 'Nakba Day' protests.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

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Shop-A-Fada, a play on the violent Palestinian intifada, was launched Monday. It encourages the public to counter anti-Israel boycotts with the purchase of merchandise manufactured in Israel. Shop-a-fada is an innovative effort designed by a team of Israeli business owners and pro-Israel personalities to demonstrate support for Israel by purchasing products manufactured and sold in […]

Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and Kadima MK Yochanan Plesner attend a discussion about the Tal Law
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The intensifying focus on legislating an alternative to the Tal Law has the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Likud-led coalition defensive yet intractable. Shas and UTJ - representing 15 seats in the government - have declared that they will not participate in the coalition committee on finding an alternative.

 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

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Shalhevet Schwartz, a 14 year old girl from Riverdale, Bronx, was one of only two girls to compete in her division of the National Bible Contest held last Sunday at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. Despite appearances, the freshman at SAR High School exhibited sufficient bible knowledge to win, and be eligible to participate in the world championships in Jerusalem, the “Chidon HaTanach”, held every year on Israel’s Independence Day.

IVF Shaarei Zedek Hospital
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

A new Health Ministry reports shows that a whopping 25 percent of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)treatments resulted in pregnancies, with 20% of attempts resulting in live births. The number represents the doubling of success in the last decade, partly thanks to Israeli law supporting free IVF for two live babies.

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Maale HaZeitim
 

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Despite the arrest of a local Arab man for repeat Molotov cocktail attacks on the eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Maale HaZeitim, assaults on the residential area just across from the Old City of Jerusalem continue, with two offenses occurring in the last 72 hours.

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