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Settlement tours show softer side

Settlement tours show softer side

PSAGOT, West Bank – Inside the cool of a cavernous wine cellar stacked high with oak barrels of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the tensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seem to fade away even at this Jewish settlement in the heart of the West Bank.

This is precisely the message a stop at the Psagot Boutique Winery is meant to convey.

It’s part of a new strategy by settler leaders to “rebrand” settlements, offering tours of settlement communities in a bid to win over an Israeli public they fear may have abandoned them either through apathy or outright hostility.

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Huge issues: Israel is wait-and-see

WASHINGTON — Heading into a period of intense diplomatic activity, Israel and the pro-Israel community are taking what may appear to be an atypical wait-and-see approach. That sentiment and the Jewish holidays explain the relatively muted tone. This week, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik for their second round of direct talks. Next week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to deliver his annual address to the UN General Ass...
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International

In France, Masorti struggles but succeeds in attracting younger Jews

In France, Masorti struggles but succeeds in attracting younger JewsPARIS — At 6 p.m. on a Friday, Rabbi Yeshaya Dalsace was in the kitchen making hummus. He had finished vacuuming the living room, where Shabbat services would soon start. The first worshipers to arrive were put to work setting up chairs and arranging platters of cucumbers and tomatoes. Dalsace is the spiritual leader of Dor Vador, a 60-member Masorti congregation in Paris. Dor Vador is one of six congregations in France affiliated with Masorti Europe, the European equivalent of the North Ame...
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Rocket attacks on Israel - all not quiet on southern front

WITH peace talks underway, the expected sabotage threats of Hamas seemed to come to fruition this week as hostilities and tensions increased dramatically on the Israel-Gaza border. Nine Kassam rockets were launched from Gaza on Tuesday, Sept. 14, two of them phosphorous bombs, the IDF spokesman confirmed to Ha’aretz this week. According to Ha’aretz, one of the shells exploded in an industrial zone south of Ashkelon, resulting in no injuries or property damage. The other shells struck open...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:48 )

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National

In Runge case, Iowa relents for Rosh Hashanah

In Runge case, Iowa relents for Rosh HashanahFor Wendy Weiner Runge, the new Jewish year 5771 started out better than the old year 5770 ended. She was able to spend Rosh Hashanah with her family and friends at her home and synagogue in Minneapolis rather than in a Des Moines courtroom, miles from the nearest synagogue or kosher facility. At the last minute, a pretrial hearing that had been scheduled for the first day of Rosh Hashanah was changed at the behest of Runge and her attorney. Runge is the 45-year-old filmmaker who availed herse...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:48 )

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Obama wasn’t the only world leader George W. Bush dissed this week

Ron Kampeas More leaks from W.’s off-the-record speech this week at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Why more American Jews are voting Republican

Lee Zeldin Why are Jews who have voted Democrat their entire lives taking a second look at the Republican Party? Two words, writes Rep. Lee Zeldin, Congress’ sole Jewish Republican: Foreign policy. ... [Link]

Hebrew Theological College, Touro system to affiliate

Marcy Oster Rabbi Zev Eleff, recently of Brandeis University, was appointed chief academic officer at the Chicago-based Hebrew Theological College, which is nearly a century old. ... [Link]

Chabad delegation meeting Obama includes woman, a first

Ron Kampeas The presence of the veteran female educator was a nod to the president’s emphasis on the need for education for girls. ... [Link]

300 Israelis return home from earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Israeli search-and-rescue teams began trying to reach about 80 Israeli hikers trapped in remote areas hit by the earthquake using rented and borrowed helicopters. ... [Link]

Palestinian teen, trying to breach security fence, killed by Israeli troops

Marcy Oster The 18-year-old was among a group of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel from the northern West Bank. ... [Link]

D.C. Jewish school gets $20M donation to add middle school

Ron Kampeas Alfred Moses and The Gottesman Fund will each give $10 million to the Jewish Primary Day School. ... [Link]

Alleged Kansas City JCC shooter says he’ll change plea to guilty

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Miller said by phone from jail that he plans to use his court appearances to “put the Jews on trial where they belong.” ... [Link]

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