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Jewish Agency To Probe MASA Screening After Eilat Shooting By New Yorker


The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

The Jerusalem Post identified the shooter as William Hershkoviz, 23, of Poughkeepsie, NY. The victim was Armando Abed, a 33-year-old sous-chef from Mi'ilya in the Western Galilee.

Hershkovitz reportedly was fired from his job at the Leonardo Club Hotel after arriving there in late August on a program arranged by the Jewish Agency's MASA program.

New Year, New Flag

Conservative/Masorti movement puts a pluralistic spin on the Simchat Torah flag.

Staff Writer

When Rabbi Tzvi Graetz was a little boy in the Israel of the 1970s, he would visit the shuk, or market, with his father every High Holiday season to buy flags to wave during Simchat Torah, which celebrates the end of one year of Torah readings and the beginning of a new one.

The Masorti Movement's updated Simchat Torah flag shows women dancing with the scrolls. Photo courtesy Masorti Olami

A Cook’s Entrée Into Israeli Life

Special To The Jewish Week

Who would have thought a chef and cookbook author would ever find herself without even one frying pan in her possession?

That’s exactly what Jamie Geller, author of the “Quick and Kosher” cookbook series and editor of the Joy of Kosher magazine and website, has had to deal with for the past two weeks, since she made aliyah from Monsey, N.Y., to Ramat Beit Shemesh with her husband and five children.

Kosher gourmet Jamie Geller, arriving with her family in Israel, has her eye on the Israeli food scene. Sasson Tiram

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Report On Israel-Gaza Conflict


Jerusalem — The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to adopt a report on last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict.

What One Israeli Couple Found While Undergoing A Home Renovation


Jerusalem - An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah.

Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

Israel cracks down on Palestinian terror groups following several attacks.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Forty members of a Hamas terror cell said to be planning an attack in the West Bank were arrested.

The arrests took place over the past several months, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Wednesday in a statement. The Israel Defense Forces issued a similar statement.

Indictments will be submitted to a military court in the next few days, according to the IDF. Among the operatives arrested were Hamas officials who have been jailed in the past for their involvement in terror activities, according to the Shin Bet.

Israel arrested forty alleged members of a Hamas terror cell. Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Israel signs $111 million deal to upgrade Argentinean tanks

The deal is "the beginning of a great friendship between the two ministries," says Israel's Defense Minister.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s army signed a $111 million contract with Israel to upgrade 74 tanks made in Argentina.

The deal to upgrade the Argentinian Medium Tanks, or TAM, was signed in Buenos Aires by the Argentina’s Minister of Defense Agustin Rossi and Mishel Ben-Baruch, director of the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s International Defense Cooperation Division.

Israel will upgrade 74 Argentinian tanks, a deal worth some $111 million. Raphael WOLLMANN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Curves Alongside Israeli Roads Cause Increase In Traffic Accidents, Study Finds

Traffic accidents increased by 40% after billboards featuring models went up.

Staff Writer

Why aren’t Israelis model drivers?

Because they spend too much time looking at posters of models.

Traffic accidents are up after billboards featuring models like Bar Rafaeli were put up on a Tel Aviv Highway. Getty Images

Young Israeli Dies From Wounds Suffered In West Bank Shooting


Jerusalem — The young Israeli man critically injured in a drive-by shooting by Palestinians in the West Bank has died.

Israel, Top Latin American Bank Sign Pact For R&D, Trade


Buenos Aires, Argentina — Israel signed a cooperation agreement with Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

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