Lulav trade hit by Israel-Egypt spat

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

Egypt has announced it will not export lulavs this year, due to worsening relations between Egypt and Israel.

The lulav, a palm frond, is one of the four species used in prayers on the festival of Succot.

Egypt has in previous years exported around 700,000 palm fronds to Israel, amounting to some 40 percent of annual demand. Another 700,000 are normally sent to Jews in the Diaspora.


Thrill-seekers told to head to Israel for holiday

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

Israel has been named a top destination for the thrill-seeking tourist.

The country was labelled the number one choice for adventure tourism in the third annual survey by the Adventure Travel Development Index (ATDI).


Bear attack on teenage campers in Alaska

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

A Jewish teenager is recovering after being mauled by a grizzly bear while on a wilderness survival expedition.

Joshua Berg, 17, was camping with six friends in the Alaskan mountains when the fun was interrupted by the furry attacker. The brown bear was thought to have been accompanied by a cub.


Chris Huhne: climate caution like Nazi appeasement

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Chris Huhne has compared climate change sceptics to politicians in the 1930s who believed Adolf Hitler could be appeased.

The Energy Secretary was speaking at Chatham House when he said that today's need for a deal tackling climate change was "our Munich moment".

"Giving in to the forces of low ambition would be an act of climate appeasement," he said.


A bright solar idea

July 21, 2011

Maidenhead Synagogue has installed solar panels on its roof - the first shul in the country to do so, it claims.

"The main motive was fulfilling Jewish teachings about preserving the environment and a desire to play a part in the fight for sustainability," minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain said.


Oil treasure in valley where David and Goliath fought

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The biblical battlefield between David and Goliath is about to become the scene of an altogether more modern confrontation: between oil drillers and environmentalists.

Jews have for generations been complaining that while the Arab nations have enjoyed hundreds of billions of petrodollars, Israel, which is in the same region, is almost barren of carbon-based energy resources.


Now you can be buried in the woods

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The first Jewish woodland cemetery in the UK is set to open later this year, providing a greener resting place for environmentally conscious Jews.

The Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS), which serves 35 Reform, Liberal and Masorti congregations, has bought a field next to the existing Cheshunt cemetery in Hertfordshire to create the new facility.

JJBS chairman Mike Frankl said that members c


Hall of Fame: Mayim Bialik

May 10, 2011

"The concept of going green is pretty old to Judaism. We've been repairing the world for thousands of years.

"We have a whole holiday dedicated to celebrating the beauty of nature."


Colgate for Israeli kangaroos

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011
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What to do when a kangaroo comes down with the potentially fatal lumpy jaw disease? A Hebrew University team of dentists and pharmacists found a solution for Skippy, Joey and the rest.


A water crisis on the way for Middle East

March 31, 2011

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian environmentalists have warned that the region will face a water crisis unless there is more co-operation between the three countries.