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Hanukkah Kid’s Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Party Favors!

… and since we’re on the subject of sugar, now seems like a good time! So it’s like this: in Israel most families don’t realize that there are many reasons to limit a child’s sugar intake.

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Putting Israel in the Best Light

Yesterday’s news was focused on photo editing. A national conversation on the ethics of doctoring photos was kicked off when a Brooklyn-based Hasidic Yiddish language newspaper used Photoshop to airbrush out two prominent women — Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason — from an iconic photo released by the White House. More than a rant on the extremes to which the ultra-Orthodox will go to …

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Oy Gevalt! Yiddish cell phone launches in Israel

Israel’s kosher cellular phone market has a new model, a device with a Yiddish interface to help devout Jews combine tradition with modern technology.

Hundreds of thousands of mobile phones, popularly dubbed kosher because they block access to services frowned upon by ultra-Orthodox rabbis, have been operating in the Jewish state for years.

Last month, Israel’s second largest mobile …

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Israel must present two-state plan or prepare for violence, J Street warns

… Jeremy Ben Ami warned yesterday.

Ben-Ami, who directs the left-wing version of the American pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, said Netanyahu was “trying to build momentum” to stall a Palestinian plan to seek United Nations backing for statehood in September.

He told Reuters that he thought the only way to effectively delay the plan and reduce tensions stoked by surrounding Arab uprisings was for Netanyahu to chart a clear path to a two-state deal.

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CUNY to rescind decision withholding honor from Kushner over anti-Israel views

… earlier decision to not grant an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner over his views on Israel, the New York Times reported.

The New York Time report quoted CUNY board chairman Benno C. Schmidt Jr. as saying that he believed that the board had “made a mistake of principle, and not merely of policy” in the decision to withhold the degree.

According to the report, a meeting of the board’s executive committee, which has the power to change board decisions, has been …

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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

… by calls for vigilance against retaliation by his followers.

The U.S. administration told Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, about the killing before Obama made his statement to the press. But not all Americans felt at ease with the spontaneous street celebrations after the Al-Qaida leader’s death.

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Bain Hazmanim Tragedy In Israel: Yeshiva Bochur Drowns In Nachal Yehudia

Just as the Pesach Bain Hazmanim comes to an end, a group of Israeli Yeshiva Bochrim took a trip to Nachal Yehudia, in the Golan heights. Unfortunately, the trip ended in tragedy, with the tragic Petira of Menachem Tzvi Edni (23). According to published reports, he went into the water to swim a little, and cool off, but R”L drowned.

Search and rescue personnel from police, ZAKA, and …

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Some Reform rabbis doubt new movement chief’s devotion to Israel

… as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism, casting doubt on Jacobs’ devotion to Israel.

Ads taken out by the group in several Jewish weeklies in the United States state that Jacobs “does not represent the pro-Israel policies cherished by Reform Jews.”.

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Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews’ intelligence

… bridging the widening chasm between a young generation of American Jews and their counterparts in Israel. Thinking about it over the last few days, and actually sitting down now to write it, I feel all of a sudden very presumptuous.

After all, everyone’s a critic, but to set out an actual program, even in the most noncommittal form of a newspaper article, feels like the kind of thing that you need a track record of decades of experience to do, but as Rabbi Nahman may have said − if you …

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The new leader of Reform Judaism: A Zionist and lover of Israel

Reuben Jacob (Richard) Jacobs, known to all as Rick, will only take up the position of president of the Reform Movement in the summer of 2012. But the report of his appointment as head of the largest denomination in American Jewry – estimated to be some 1.5-million strong – sparked a wave of praise and compliments.

“New York Rabbi Known as Innovator Is Picked to Lead Reform Jews,” …

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Egypt says not obliged to repay Israel for cut to gas supply

Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Abdullah Ghorab said the country was not obliged to compensate Israel and Jordan for the non-delivery of gas after attacks on the pipeline to the two countries, in an interview published Thursday.

Ghorab was quoted by Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper as saying that Egypt was not bound to pay compensation because the explosions took place during a “state of emergency.” Officials in Israel and Jordan have not approached to him to inquire about the …

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Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Masked gunmen blew up a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air in the early hours of the morning and forcing the shutdown of the country’s gas export pipeline to Israel and Jordan.

“An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” said an Egyptian security source, adding that the flow of gas to Israel and Jordan had indeed been hit. “Authorities closed the main source of gas supplying the …

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Poll: More than half of Egyptians want to cancel peace treaty with Israel

More than half of all Egyptians would like to see the 1979 peace treaty with Israel annulled, according to results of a poll conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center released Monday.

According to the poll results, only 36 percent of Egyptians are in favor of maintaining the treaty, compared with 54 percent who would like to see it scrapped.

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Bank of Israel to replace all coins

The Bank of Israel is planning to change the country’s current series of coins after 25 years, following a recent government decision to change all of the State’s banknotes, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned.

The decision is aimed at preventing forgeries, reducing the cost of the metal used to manufacture the coins and changing the current name – “new Israeli shekel” – to the previous name – …

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Dozens injured, many of them children, when bus flips over in central Israel

… when a bus carrying children and adults flipped over on Route 6, near Ayal Interchange in central Israel.

The bus was on its way from an event in Jerusalem organized by a branch of the Islamic movement to Majd al-Karum, a north Israel Arab village.

Medical and emergency teams have rushed to the site of the accident to assist and provide treatment for those hurt. Three were seriously injured, ten moderately and 33 were lightly hurt.

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A Return Visit To Bat Yaar—A Dude Ranch Of Sorts In Northern Israel

… be the actual country of Jordon, not your next door neighbor’s child! I know many of you imagine Israel to be a dessert country, but here in the North the topography and plant life are very similar to Northern California! You can see my photos and post about our first visit to Bat Yaar  here.

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Peres: Israel needs to formulate its own Mideast peace plan

Israel needs to draft its own Mideast peace initiative if it wants to avoid international pressure over a reported U.S peace plan, President Shimon Peres said on Friday, following a report claiming Washington was working on a plan to restart stalled peace talks.

Peres’ comments came in the wake of a  New York Times report claiming that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama was …

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Israel’s recycled politicians

While Arab nations rise up to demand change, Israel seems inexplicably content with recycling the same disproven group of incompetent politicians.

Unfortunately, the news didn’t overly shock me: Amir Peretz recently announced his intent to run for the Labor party premiership after the departure of  Ehud Barak. The same man who proved himself an absolute failure as our defense minister during the  Second Lebanon War (then blamed it …

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Turkey: Israel-Palestinian peace will decide fate of Arab uprisings

… that the fate of the Arab world uprisings will be determined by whether there is peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Whether these uprisings lead to democracy and peace or to tyranny and conflict will depend on forging a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and a broader Israeli-Arab peace,” Gul said in the article.

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Israel to host youth Physics Olympiad

It may not be the World Cup or the Winter Olympics, but Israel is slated to host the annual Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) – a prestigious international physics competition for high school students from Asia and thw Oceania regions.

The Olympiad, which will open on May 1, will host 18 delegations and a total of some 134 participants. Some of the participating countries, including Indonesia and Cambodia, do not have formal diplomatic ties with …

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Israel’s 10 plagues

… 1. Jealousy

“There’s one significant difference between America’s business culture and Israel’s business culture,” I told a group of American businesspeople I was asked to address. “Around here, we don’t have what you call a win-win situation.”

The Americans stared at me with confusion, yet the Israelis in the room started to nod, as smiles spread across their faces.

The win-win situation is the basis for America’s entire business world. Instead of wasting our time …

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Palestinian UN diplomat: Palestinians prefer peace treaty with Israel by September

… diplomat at the United Nations, said the Palestinians prefer to have a peace treaty with Israel by September, the month when the Palestinians plan on taking their case for an independent state to the floor of the UN.

The Palestinians say that if a peace treaty with Israel isn’t reached by September their first choice is to go to the UN Security Council with such strong support and arguments that it would recommend admission of Palestine as a new member of the United Nations. …

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Falashmura immigrants celebrate first Passover in Israel

… new immigrants from the Ethiopian region of Falashmura will celebrate their first Passover in Israel.

The newly Israeli citizens will either celebrate the Jewish exodus at home with their families, or alongside thousands of Ethiopians at seders organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, to be held at 16 absorption centers throughout the country.

“I have no words to describe the magnitude of my emotions,” said Macrau Tia, a Falashmura …

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Helen Thomas to address anti-Israel protests during Netanyahu’s visit to U.S.

… where Netanyahu will speak and Congress, and a series of lectures and meetings with critics of Israel, including veteran journalist Helen Thomas who lost her place in the White House press room after saying Jews should leave Palestine and go back to Poland, Germany and the United States. Thomas will give the keynote address at the Move Over AIPAC conference, and will receive an award from the women’s pacifist organization Code Pink, one of the hundred left-wing American organizations …

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Hamas official hints Israel killed Italian activist to intimidate future Gaza flotilla members

Hamas indirectly accused Israel on Friday of engineering the killing of an Italian Palestinian peace activist in Gaza in order to intimidate other foreign activists hoping to sail to Gaza as part of the next flotilla.

“Such an awful crime cannot take place without arrangements between all the parties concerned to keep the blockade imposed on Gaza,” Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said at a rally held by the group to …

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The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is one of the most famous art and archeology museums with wide extent exhibits of fine arts, biblical archeology from the countries of Africa, South America, Oceana and the far east. Founded as Israel’s national museum in 1965, and located in the Givat Ram hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, with it’s magnificent designed building on the grounds of Museum like the Shrine of the …

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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.”

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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.

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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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