Jerusalem

Sharansky to suggest ‘egalitarian’ section at Western Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 9, 2013

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is due to present a plan for an egalitarian section at the Western Wall to American Jewish leaders today, The Forward has reported.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman due to speak in UK

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Centre, says “the bravest feminists in Israel today are Orthodox women who are willing to fight.”

Ms Hoffman praised the Orthodox women “who call us to confront the rabbis who seem to be above the law” and to challenge the “hegemony of strictly Orthodox interpretation of women.”

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UJIA to launch iEngage think-tank

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

The Israeli Embassy and UJIA are acting to counter disengagement with Israel by setting up a programme for community leaders with one of the Jewish world’s most respected think-tanks.

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When the prince went to Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

As Prince Charles tours the Middle East this week, he will be once again following in the footsteps of one of his predecessors in the role. But while Jerusalem does not feature on his itinerary this time, when the future King Edward VII embarked on his tour of the region 151 years ago, the Holy Land was high on his agenda.

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Shared experience is the key

By Naftali Brawer, March 10, 2013

I recently attended a Shabbat service at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. For some reason, I laboured under the impression that this beautiful synagogue was always sparsely attended and that those who did attend were primarily gentile tourists attracted by the reputation of the chazan and choir.

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Hebrew U helps Arab students

By Zoe Winograd, March 7, 2013

The Hebrew University has high hopes of dismantling the “obstacle course” facing Arab students in higher education.

In a forum at Birkbeck University hosted by British Friends of the Hebrew University last Sunday, a panel of three Hebrew University guests discussed the current situation for Arab students on campus.

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Tchaikovsky flashwaltz in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2013

Students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance flashwaltz Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

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Hebrew University recognised by Times Higher Education list

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

An Israeli university is one of only two institutions in the Middle East to appear on an annual list of the top 100 universities around the world.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem was named in the 71-80 category – rankings beyond 50 are grouped in tens - of the annual Times Higher Education world reputation rankings.

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Sarah Silverman's sister arrested during Women of the Wall protests

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Ten women, including comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister, were arrested in Jerusalem yesterday after participating in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest.

The women were detained by police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall – an action which runs against the Orthodox rules that govern prayers at the site.

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