Wednesday, October 20th 2021   |


SEEKING KIN: A Changing of the Genealogy Guard in Israel


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Yitzhak Mann’s brother-in-law reached Israel in 1950 a broken man, his life in Belgium shattered. His wife, daughters and many other kin were murdered in the Holocaust, so in Israel he searched for his lone surviving relative. The brother-in-law submitted his own name to the radio program “Hamador L’chipus Krovim” (Searching for Relatives Bureau) for broadcast. Yitzhak Mann listened that day. The men soon were...

Haaretz reporter accepts plea bargain

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Uri Blau, the Haaretz journalist who accepted classified documents from an Israeli soldier, has agreed to a plea bargain. Under the deal announced Thursday, Blau reportedly will admit to holding secret intelligence without intent to harm national security and his four-month prison sentence will be commuted to community service. He had faced up to seven years in prison on charges of “severe espionage,” which means that he...

Shamir remembered as mute, but resolute


WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

“He didn’t say anything,” recalled Dov Zakheim, then a deputy undersecretary of defense in the Reagan administration....

Nascent Israeli lacrosse team surprises Europeans

By Adam Soclof

(JTA) — Israel’s national lacrosse team is clinging to a one-goal lead with 20 seconds remaining when the referee blows his whistle — the Wales coach wants a stick check on an Israeli player.

The challenge fails, the stick is legal and the Israelis go on to upset heavily favored Wales, 14-13, on Monday in the European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam. “It was a desperation...

JFNA condemns Israeli chief rabbi’s statement

Reacting to a statement aired Tuesday over Israeli radio by Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) issued a firm condemnation in rebuttal today.  In speaking over Kol Berama, a haredi radio station, Amar was quoted as calling non-Orthodox rabbis detrimental to “the foundations of Judaism.” He went on to state  that these non-Orthodox rabbis are causing “great damage” and “great danger” to the Jewish people....

Protest rally called for Haaretz journalist

The Jerusalem Journalists Association announced plans for a massive protest this Sunday to decry the decision by the Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to indict Haartez reporter Uri Blau for possession of classified documents. The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Blau would be charged following allegations which purport Blau leaked documents detailing possible assassinations of Palestinian leaders by Israeli forces, which might be labeled as escape attempts or “failed”...

Knesset approves sterner anti-smoking measures

Israel’s Knesset approved more anti-smoking measures on Wednesday, May 2.  These new stricter laws will be implemented in one month. Smoking will no longer be allowed at public events, outdoor sites (including the kotel or Western Wall) bus stops, outdoor concert venues, nor within ten yards of a medical clinic or a hospital entrance.  Smoking will still be permitted at stadiums.   The Deputy Health Minister is required by law to submit a report annually to...

Israeli judoka heading to London

Arik Ze’evi, the Israeli bronze medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics, is heading to the 2012 summer games after he won the gold medal at the European Judo Championships yesterday in Chelyabinsk, Russia. This marks the fourth time the 35-year-old has won a European gold medal and gives him an 8 in the world judo rankings. He is the oldest gold judo champion on record.

Israeli Windsurfers Headed to Summer Games

Two Israeli windsurfers came home in December with medals secured at the Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia.  Lee Korzits and Nimrod Mashiah both earned a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London, England in July and August. Korzits won the women’s gold medal in windsurfing and Nimrod Mashiah won the men’s bronze medal. Mashiah, ranked second in the world standings at the time...

Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery

Gilad Shalit is spending his second weekend of freedom as a patient at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.  According to reports, Shalit sustained damage to his hand during his 2006 abduction.  Seven pieces of embedded shrapnel were removed during his surgery on Friday.  Reportedly, his doctors are optimistic the surgery was a success.