Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel’s Italian Jewish community

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel's Italian Jewish community

The synagogue at 27 Hillel Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, is no ordinary synagogue. It is the fulcrum of Israel’s unique Italian Jewish community. The Italian-Jewish identity is a complicated one: sometimes painful and contradictory, and always with a special Italian flair. But recently, the Italian synagogue was given an ultimatum, one that could threaten this vibrant community.


A long road home: One woman’s journey through Israel’s conversion laws

A long road home: One woman's journey through Israel's conversion laws

Conversion is a hot-button issue in Israel – a constant on the national agenda. And increasingly strict standards for recognizing conversions have upsetting consequences for many.


Mormons in Israel feel close to religious roots

Mormons in Israel feel close to religious roots

Jerusalem has a special pull on Mormons, and although Mormons living in Israel may not be actively proselytizing, they do feel close to their religious roots by being in the Holy Land.


Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

In a region riddled with violence and an urge to settle the score as opposed to forgive and make peace, there are still many people and groups who advocate for nonviolence.


In a Bedouin shop, a Mormon’s faith is strengthened

In a Bedouin shop, a Mormon's faith is strengthened

While in the Holy Land, our class visited many places sacred to my faith, but it was being called a “bad Mormon” in a Bedouin shop that echoed an elder’s statement.


‘Never before’ versus ‘never again’

'Never before' versus 'never again'

Each year on April 24, Armenians living in Israel gather to commemorate the 1915 mass killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. But can the slogan “Never Again” be fully realized without recognizing the first genocide of the 20th century?


For Israel, a national tragedy

For Israel, a national tragedy

Photos of the Fogel family funeral.


An outsider feels Purim’s embrace

It was my last day in Israel, and I was surrounded by dozens of strangers in a large home in this seaside town, a two-hour drive from Jerusalem. I had come to interview a source, Mali Aharon, at her apartment, but she had more festive plans—a Purim feast with her family.


Crossing concrete borders

Crossing concrete borders

Security fences are security fences, whether in Tijuana or Bethlehem. Benjamin Preston reminisces about crossing Israel’s security barrier into the West Bank.


Noisy, nonviolent protests continue in East Jerusalem

Noisy, nonviolent protests continue in East Jerusalem

In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, protesters gathered on March 11 to demonstrate against Jewish settlement in the largely Palestinian area.


A land divided: March 16, 2011

A land divided: March 16, 2011

The road we took into Hebron was for Israelis only; the Palestinians drove on another above. It was to be a day all about barriers and separations, a day that showed us what those concepts really look like on the ground.