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Congregation B’nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas

Name:

Congregation B'nai Israel

Address1:

3700 Rodney Parham

Address2:

City:

Little Rock

Location:

Arkansas

Zipcode:

72212

Type:

Reform

Tel:

(501) 225-9700

Fax:

Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://www.bnai-israel.us/

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Justin Bieber in Israel

… here too. It seems that Bieber’s 29-year-old Jewish manager “Scooter” Braun is working hard to promote his talented young client and his new movie in the media. I was contacted the other day by Edmon Rodman of the JTA who was writing a story about the inclusion of Bieber saying the Shema Yisrael in the “Never Say Never” movie.

Last year, I wrote about Justin Bieber’s prayer circle ritual before concerts in which he includes the Jewish “Shema Yisrael” prayer in Hebrew. …

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Israel 60 - Those Were the Years

Nisim Mishal

Publisher: Yediot

In the pages of this book, Israel 60, we proudly present you with the sequel to Those Were the Years – Israel’s Jubilee, relating the full story of the State of Israel since it was established to this day. Year by year, the drama of this state’s history is studied and analyzed, covering the most important events in politics, security, art, sports, and its residents’ everyday life. The texts are accompanied by …

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Unpaid bill makes holy site go dark

It’s a lesson that the rabbis who manage one of Israel’s most popular Jewish pilgrimage destinations have now learned the hard way: Even holy sites have to pay the electric bill.The tomb of Moses Maimonides, one of Judaism’s pre-eminent sages, has been plunged into darkness because of a debt to the electricity company totaling $11,500.

Rabbi Israel Deri, one of the managers of the site in the Galilee city of Tiberias, admitted …

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Uganda in Jerusalem

Uganda in Jerusalem

… side street, near the castle-like headquarters of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the closed Russian Compound.

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Sudan: Israel behind airstrike

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti on Wednesday accused Israel of carrying out a strike on a car near Port Sudan that killed two people.

In a press conference held in Khartoum, Karti said his government ” has proof Israel carried this attack. We are absolutely certain of it, but we don’t know the reason.”

Read More: @ ynetnews.com



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80 Jews wounded during protest near Israel Embassy in Ethiopia

80 Jews wounded during protest near Israel Embassy in Ethiopia

… a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Hamse Sutotow, chairman of the Beta Israel Association, said 2,000 Ethiopian Jews gathered Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy. The protesters were demanding the right to Israeli citizenship.

Sutotow said he believes the police action was ordered directly or indirectly by the Israeli Embassy.

Ethiopian Jews in the past have mounted hunger strikes in the pursuit of being granted citizenship.

Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Israel and PA Discuss Man-Made Gaza Island for Air and Seaports

Israel and PA Discuss Man-Made Gaza Island for Air and Seaports

Israel and the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority have discussed building air and seaports on a man-made island off Gaza which would exclude Hamas, according to Israel television Channel 2. The government has not commented on the report.

The idea has been discussed for the past two months among senior officials and has won wide support, Channel 2 added. The proposed two-acre man-made …

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Prof. Gabriela Shalev joins Hillel Israel

The Center for Jewish Campus Life in Israel (Hillel Israel) announced this week that Professor Gabriella Shalev, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, has agreed to become a member of its Board of Directors.Hillel Israel works to promote pluralistic Jewish identity among students and young adults across the country, at eight centers on campus and in the community.

Hillel Israel is the Israeli division of Hillel: …

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Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

Yes rock superstar Gene Simmons is a Jew.

The Jerusalem Post reports that he is visiting Israel: “Kiss rocker Gene Simmons back in Israel after 51 years,” by David Brinn.

The Israeli-born superstar calls boycotting artists “idiots,” says “there ain’t no place like Israel on Earth.”

52 years after leaving Israel as the impoverished nine-year-old son of a survivor of the Auschwitz …

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Palin at Kotel tunnel: Israel too apologetic

Palin at Kotel tunnel: Israel too apologetic

Former American vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressed support for Jews praying openly on the Temple Mount on a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, officials who accompanied Palin said.

Palin and her husband Todd arrived for a two-day visit on Sunday afternoon and toured the Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels. They will visit the Old City again on Monday, tour …

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Israel strikes Gaza after massive mortar barrage on south

Israel strikes Gaza after massive mortar barrage on south

Israel struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, after a barrage of over 50 mortars were fired into southern Israel earlier in the day.

The Israeli air strikes on Gaza wounded five Hamas security officers and a boy, Gaza medics said.

Two Israelis were wounded and a home was damaged by the mortars fired from Gaza earlier in the day. Saturday morning’s bombardment was the …

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J Street head in Israel to lobby Knesset over group’s commitment to Israel

J Street head in Israel to lobby Knesset over group's commitment to Israel

The leftist pro-Israel lobby J Street launched a petition and letter writing campaign on Sunday calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to treat J Street and other pro-peace movements as allies.

The Knesset committee is scheduled to debate this Wednesday whether J Street is sufficiently “committed” to Israel to be called a pro-Israel organization.

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, who arrived …

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Sarah Palin to visit Israel, meet Netanyahu, Danon

Sarah Palin to visit Israel, meet Netanyahu, Danon

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to arrive in Israel for a visit next week.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate follows several other prominent republicans who have visited Israel recently, including Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour.

Palin plans to visit Israel for two days, and will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other members of Israel’s right-wing, …

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Israel can’t have peace and settlements at same time

Israel can't have peace and settlements at same time

… Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contradicted the search for peace.

Israel should realize that the continuation of the two processes is impossible,” Bakhit said during a meeting with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, according to a statement from the premier’s office.

Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Israel Fears Sushi Shortage after Japan Quake

Israel Fears Sushi Shortage after Japan Quake

While Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of last Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, and has yet to recover from one of the greatest disasters in its history, Israelis fear a shortage in the ingredients of one of their favorite dishes: Sushi.

Many of sushi’s basic components come from Japan or are imported through the battered countries. Will Israelis soon suffer …

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Israel Approves Construction in Some West Bank Settlements After Murders

Israel Approves Construction in Some West Bank Settlements After Murders

Israel approved construction of several hundred homes in Jewish settlements after the killing of five members of an Israeli family living in the West Bank.

The building, the largest number of homes approved at one time in more than a year, was slated for large West Bank settlements, including Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion near Jerusalem and Ariel outlying Tel Aviv, Prime Minister …

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Obama to Jewish leaders: Israel needs to create context for Mideast peace

U.S. President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders this week that Israel must use its military, political and cultural strength to create a context for peace with the Palestinians, according to participants of a 50-member delegation that met with Obama at the White House.

Obama also told the delegates of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations that Washington was committed to supporting Israel and its security but that the …

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Obama to Jewish leaders: U.S. supports Israel’s security

America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

A statement issued by the White House called the one-hour discussion “productive.” The statement said that Obama “reiterated America’s unshakeable support for Israel’s security, …

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Macy’s and Israel

Macy's and Israel

… of the two, impulsively said one day:

- “Hey, why don’t we hop over to Palestine?”

Israel wasn’t the tourist hotspot then that it is today. Its population was ravaged by disease, famine, and poverty; but the two had a strong sense of solidarity with their less fortunate brethren, and they also wanted to see the health and welfare centers they had endowed with their millions.

However, after a week spent touring, Isidor Straus had enough.

- “How many camels, hovels, and …

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Israel, Jewish Agency launch global effort to locate property lost in Holocaust

Israel, Jewish Agency launch global effort to locate property lost in Holocaust

The Israeli government and the Jewish Agency are launching a new worldwide initiative to identify Jewish property lost or stolen during the Holocaust with the goal of obtaining restitution for survivors or their heirs, Haaretz has learned. Called Project HEART − Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, the initiative is chaired by Rafi Eitan, the former senior citizen affairs …

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Stop screwing with the converts already!

It’s hard to find an orthodox convert who only converted once, usually they had to do it once or twice before they even discovered orthodoxy. Almost every convert I have ever met has at least 2 conversions under their belt, if not many more than that and it’s bound to get worse with the latest news.

Apparently, the interior ministry in Israel is not accepting conversions done by members of …

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Israel faces challenges in rise of haredim

Demographers now estimate about a third of last year’s Jewish babies were born into the ultra-Orthodox community, an insular and devout minority that has long been at loggerheads with the rest of the increasingly modern and prosperous country.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews – known in Hebrew as “haredim,” or “those who tremble” before God – have a birthrate far higher than that …

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Potential 2012 Candidates Flock To Israel

Potential 2012 Candidates Flock To Israel

… appear to be as important to potential 2012 Republican presidential field these days as Israel.

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee has spent the past week in Israel, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was there last month, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour left Friday for a five-day trip, and Sarah Palin has indicated she has plans to go later this year.

The trips offer potential candidates a chance to burnish their foreign policy bona fides with …

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Israel Good, Egypt Bad and the Complicated Middle East

There is one ultra-right wing nationalist Zionist theme song whose refrain is that Israel is never wrong:

They warned us. The geniuses at Peace Now warned us. The brilliant diplomats warned us. The think tanks warned us. Even the Arab dictators warned us.

For decades now, they have been warning us that if you want “peace in the Middle East,” just fix the Palestinian problem. A recent variation on this theme has been: Just get the Jews to stop building apartments in …

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US urges Israel to purchase American-made fire trucks

US urges Israel to purchase American-made fire trucks

… Services Commission tenders.

According to the complaint, even though US trucks are sold in Israel and fulfill the standardization requirements, the commission states its preference for the European trucks in advance as a basis for the trucks it purchases.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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In light of Shoah, teens feel Israel should aid refugees

Most teenagers feel that the lessons of the Holocaust require Israel to offer assistance to refugees, according to a survey released on Monday.

The poll, conducted on behalf of Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies, showed about 67 percent of the 1,000 respondents, aged 15 to 18, believe the Jewish state should help foreigners fleeing persecution in their countries. In addition, about a quarter of young Israelis said the murder of 6 million Jews by …

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WIZO sets sights on improving Israel’s standing in world

… the event at the Hilton Hotel and spoke about the organization’s significant contribution to Israel.

“During the last 90 years WIZO has stood for integrity,” Ben-Dov said. “It is our ongoing commitment which makes WIZO an icon of Israeli society.”

Read More: @ jpost.com

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Turkish PM: Israel must remove foreign minister

The prime minister of Turkey, whose ties with Israel have been badly strained over the past year, has called on the Jewish state to remove its hawkish foreign minister who he says poses an obstacle to Middle Easy peace.

Avigdor Lieberman is a polarizing figure in Israel and outside, with his outspoken skepticism about peace with the Palestinians and his questioning of the loyalty of Israel’s Arab minority.

He once said Egyptian …

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Turkey PM: Netanyahu has worst government in history of Israel

Turkey PM: Netanyahu has worst government in history of Israel

… decried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as the “worst” in the history of Israel.

The once close ties between Israel and Turkey began faltering following the war in Gaza two years ago and spiraled to an unprecedented low following Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-flagged aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip last May.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Erdogan said that Turkey would uphold the chill in relations until Israel relented in its refusal to …

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