Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph


IDF hospital giving hope to Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

Israel's field hospital in Nepal has now treated almost 1,000 patients and is acquiring a reputation as the best place for the injured to come for care.

"Because of the good care that Israelis are giving, injured people from my village want to transfer here," said 18-year-old Dawa Bohola, sitting in the orthopaedics tent with his injured foot in a treatment bath.

He was painting outdoors at


Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.


Finally! A gourmet guide

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

It is one of the favourite talking points for British Jews - where are the best places to buy and eat kosher food in this country?

A musician believes he can provide the answer. Daniel Biro has launched a website which promises to review gourmet kosher products and restaurants across Britain and Europe.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.


She's a fast finisher at the double

By JCReporter, May 4, 2015

Sara Black's London finish in 3:27 came six days after she completed the Boston Marathon suffering from hypothermia.

"I actually don't feel too bad," said the 42-year-old mother-of-three. "I felt terrible after Boston. At mile 20 in London, I did find myself saying: 'I can't complete this.' But after pulling off to the side I hobbled to the finish line. I thought: 'I've got to do it.'"


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


Lithuania to co-operate over Vilna Gaon grave site

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

Lithuania is to erect a monument to mark the site of a historic Jewish cemetery that was once the resting place of the Vilna Gaon.

Representatives of the London-based Committee of the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries recently met Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of the old Shnipishok cemetery.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.