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How does an Arab-Israeli school confront independence day?

How does an Arab-Israeli school confront independence day?

JERUSALEM — The two seventh-grade girls walk together down the hall, their heads touching as they talk excitedly. Dana’s dark auburn hair is pulled back in a ponytail. Waard’s head is covered by a hijab, the traditional Arab headscarf, held with a fashionable pin.

Dana is Jewish and lives in the German Colony, a few miles away. Waard is Muslim and lives in the nearby neighborhood of Beit Tzaffafa.

Best friends since the first grade, they tell JTA that they were talking about this week’s upcoming school ceremony to mark Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Israeli Independence Day.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:57 )

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Iranian Israelis fear strike will severely compromise Jews in Iran

Iranian Israelis fear strike will severely compromise Jews in IranTEL AVIV — Avi Nobel lived in Tehran and is sure the Iranian people want peace. “There are a lot of poor people there and what they want is food and to work, not a nuclear bomb,” says Nobel, a spice seller here whose goods include some imported from Iran through third countries. Still, he believes that Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped — by an Israeli airstrike, if necessary. “It will have to be done because if [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad has a bomb, there is no doubt he ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:10 )

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The Holocaust and the third generation

The Holocaust and the third generationNEW YORK — Shira Sheps remembers walking through an exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan and stumbling upon her grandmother’s long-ago school reports alongside family photos and her great-grandparents’ wedding invitation. Sheps, 25, had known that her grandmother shortly after Kristallnacht had left Furth, Germany, at age nine on a Kindertransport to England. But seeing personal mementos of the life that had been taken from the family as well as her grandmother’s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:45 )

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IJN obituary data online

IJN obituary data onlineTHE genealogy craze has come home to intermountain Jewry, and in a big way. Thanks to dedicated and hard-working Denver genealogist Terry Lasky and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, a wealth of new genealogical data is now available online. Wealth to the tune of more than 15,000 obituaries, culled from the pages of the Intermountain Jewish News from 1918 to 2011, virtually every local obituary the newspaper published over the course of those 93 years. Family tree researchers who go...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:24 )

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Israeli fireman researches firefighters’ PTSD

Israeli fireman researches firefighters’ PTSD PASSOVER EDITION SECTION B PAGE 10 ISRAELI firefighters, like their peers elsewhere, suffer powerful emotional consequences from their dangerous work, according to a study by Marc Lougassi, a health sciences doctoral student at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Lougassi, an Israeli firefighter himself, is the first to research the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in this high-risk profession, and how firefighters cope with symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty sleeping...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:34 )

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Palestinian arrested in Jerusalem car ramming attack on police

Marcy Oster Four officers were injured when a car deliberately slammed into them while they were standing by an eastern Jerusalem road near the site of rioting earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy

Marcy Oster “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. ... [Link]

Israel dispatching rescue team, field hospital to quake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Some 200 Israelis remain unaccounted for and hundreds have sought shelter in the Chabad of Nepal following a devastating earthquake. ... [Link]

Israeli wins best director award at Buenos Aires film fest

Marcy Oster Nadav Lapid’s film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” about a Tel Aviv teacher who becomes obsessed with a 5-year-old student poet, lost out for best film in the international contest. ... [Link]

Ex-Polish FM Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, dies

Marcy Oster Bartoszewski had been sent to Auschwitz in 1940 because of his social activism and later became involved in the Polish resistance. ... [Link]

Crimean, Russian Jews urge lifting of sanctions on Moscow

Cnaan Liphshiz Chabad-affilated and other religious Jews signed a call for Western coreligionists to lobby for an end to measures they deem unjust. ... [Link]

At Republican Jewish confab, Cruz pledges to repair Israel relations

Ron Kampeas The four-day Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas at a resort owned by Sheldon Adelson, a major RJC backer, has drawn more than 700 activists. ... [Link]

Three injured in car attack in Jerusalem

Ron Kampeas A car drove into three police officers after a day of rioting in an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

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