Non-Orthodox movements continue making inroads in Israeli religious life

JERUSALEM— After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure. At the beginning of May, the Orthodox members of the religious council in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, agreed to convene a meeting with the […]

It’s what you don’t see that inspires

The scrolls in Philadelphia:

You won’t find aesthetic wonder at the new Franklin Institute exhibition: “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times.” But awe is not in short supply. The gleaming treasures of King Tut’s Tomb cannot be seen here. Shards of pottery, iron arrowheads, limestone pitchers, silver coins, scraps of parchment—commonplace remnants of everyday life that are the typical finds […]

Scouts honor Jewish veterans

Fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit Anne Frank’s ‘Secret Annex’


AGE:50 FAMILY:Husband Lloyd; andchildren Aaron (18) &Gabrielle (14) SYNAGOGUE:Temple Emanuel FAVORITE BOOK:“When Bad ThingsHappen to GoodPeople” by RabbiHarold Kushner HOBBIES:Reading & travelling FAVORITE FOOD:Chocolate Otto Frank moved his wife and two daughters from Germany to Holland in the 1930s to escape Hitler’s persecution. By 1942, it was dangerous for Jews in Holland, so the Franks and four other Jews went […]

Business Network ‘pays it forward’


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Shabbat candlelighting

High school students learn Israel advocacy at JCRC event

Most college students are not inherently anti-Israel. They just don’t know the facts, according to Avi Posnick, regional coordinator of the New York Chapter of StandWithUs, an international, non-profit education organization dedicated to informing the public about Israel and combating the extremism and antisemitism that often distorts the issues affecting Middle East peace. “Knowledge is power,” said Posnick to an […]

Researchers visit Tel Aviv’s bars


Scientists and research students visited 55 bars and coffee houses in Tel Aviv to teach on topics ranging from astrophysics to quantum mechanics over a cold one. The Weizmann Institute’s annual Science on Tap program is popular with bar patrons, and the scientists would probably do it even without the free beer as it enables them to ply their trade […]

Woman swallows 9 1/2-inch toothbrush


Doctors kept giving Bat-El Panker the brush-off as she tried to convince them that she had swallowed her 9 1/2-inch toothbrush. Panker, 24, of Kiryat Yam, visited two hospitals in northern Israel before she was able to convince a doctor that she had accidentally swallowed her green, white and orange toothbrush while brushing her teeth before bed. It slipped down […]