Israel

When it comes to Israel, let’s at least try to get along

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound As this 91-year experiment in community outreach comes to a close, I have a question: Can we talk? I mean, really talk? In particular, I want to talk about Israel, because it seems like nobody else is. When I mean talk about Israel, I mean with each other,(…)

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March of the Living: My journey

March of the Living: My journey

By Michal Lotzkar, Special to the Jewish Sound I went on a trip to Israel a few months ago. I had been to Israel many times before, and each time I travelled there by way of a different route. This time I traveled to Israel via Auschwitz, on the March of the Living. Every spring,(…)

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Passover and the Promised Land

Passover and the Promised Land

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to The Jewish Sound The Hebrew people may have schlepped on foot for 40 years, but modern transportation has updated traveling to and through the Promised Land. Kar-Ben Publishing marks this year’s Festival of Freedom, Passover, by featuring “Engineer Ari” and his intrepid train as a perfect vehicle for explaining(…)

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Exit polls: Zionist Union, Likud neck and neck at top

Exit polls: Zionist Union, Likud neck and neck at top

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog. The two parties had 27 seats each, according to the polls by the Channel 1 and Channel 10 television stations. Channel 2 had Likud with 28(…)

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Confidence in Israel must begin at a young age, says prominent prof

Confidence in Israel must begin at a young age, says prominent prof

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Kenneth Stein has learned a few things about his students. The professor and history scholar from Atlanta’s Emory University, who spoke to a crowd of over 50 Seattleites at Hillel at the University of Washington, said that during his 37 years of teaching Israel studies, political science and Middle(…)

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Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

By Sarah Wildman, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the AIPAC conference, a sea of 16,000 Israel supporters spent their time talking Iran policy amid the swirling controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. To the sidelines fell discussion of the Israeli elections, the peace process and Israeli innovation — as well(…)

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Threat of terror increases mortality risk

Threat of terror increases mortality risk

By Samantha Badgen, The Media Line That terrorism causes psychological trauma is nothing new. Most would agree that causing trauma is one of terrorism’s primary goals. But now a study in Israel has found that exposure to even the threat of terrorism, not an actual terror attack, can have negative physical effects, including raising the(…)

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Army fatigue

Army fatigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff,  Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Fresh out of Israel and already scooping up a first place award at the Tribeca Film Festival is “Zero Motivation,” a darkly delightful girl-buddy comedy about the banality of daily life in Israel’s defining institution, the army. “M*A*S*H” meets “Orange is the New Black” meets “Office Space,”(…)

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It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms

It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service JERUSALEM (JTA) – On the surface, the tour looked much like a standard Birthright Israel trip: Participants celebrated Shabbat in Jerusalem’s Old City, swam in the Dead Sea and ascended the ancient mountain fortress at Masada. The trip was mostly free and organizers were prepared with follow-up programming(…)

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Despite Thanksgiving, Israel tops U.S. in turkey consumption

Despite Thanksgiving, Israel tops U.S. in turkey consumption

(JNS.org) Ahead of Americans’ nationwide feasting on Turkey for Thanksgiving last week, newly released statistics showed that Israel is the surprising world leader in consumption of turkey per capita.   According to figures from Israel’s turkey industry, agriculture ministry, and foreign ministry, the average Israeli eats about 28 pounds of turkey per year, compared with(…)

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Report: Hezbollah intends maritime siege in next war

Report: Hezbollah intends maritime siege in next war

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org Hezbollah has a stock of advanced sea-to-sea missiles with which it intends to impose a maritime siege on Israel if the two sides enter another war, Lebanese media outlets reported on Monday. According to the reports, Hezbollah apparently has an arsenal of sophisticated Russian-made Yakhont sea-to-sea missiles, which were recently transferred(…)

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Words matter: how vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Words matter: how vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Jacob Kamaras, JNS.org Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are faced with each day—and those choices should not be taken lightly, experts say.   “It’s the terminology that actually defines the conflict(…)

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Report: Israel and Palestinians held back-channel peace negotiations

Report: Israel and Palestinians held back-channel peace negotiations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and the Palestinians held secret back-channel peace negotiations, the New Republic reported. The secret negotiations created substantial progress toward an agreement but collapsed when it became clear the Palestinian negotiator did not have the backing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to the article published Wednesday. The secret talks began(…)

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StandWithUs speaker comes to Seattle to ‘tell the big story’

StandWithUs speaker comes to Seattle to ‘tell the big story’

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Make no mistake: Dr. Einat Wilf is on the forefront of an intellectual war to recapture the global zeitgeist of her home country, Israel, and wrench it back from those who’ve hijacked its image by using political epithets as their weapons, looking to ultimately destroy the Jewish State. When(…)

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