April 15, 2015 |
Kimye, heal Israel Now that they have tended to the needs of the Armenian people, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have taken their traveling EgoFest to Israel, perhaps to unite Jews and Muslims through the loving bond of reality TV. Monday, the couple and their kin, Khloé , attended the Armenian church, Saint James Cathedral, in Jerusalem's Old City for the baptism of Kimye's daughter, North West . Not all was picture-perfect:...
March 1, 2015 |
The life of a touring ensemble is one in which most essential decisions are made well in advance. What music is played, and where, at the Jerusalem Quartet's Thursday concert for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the American Philosophical Society, was determined at least a year ago. And being one of the best of its kind, the string quartet played its Mozart/Bártok/Schumann concert with the commitment and artistry one has come to expect...
November 13, 2014 |
While Shiites and Sunnis kill each other in Syria, an even more dangerous religious war could soon explode in Jerusalem, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians. I refer to the mounting Israeli-Arab tensions over control of the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, as Muslims call it, in Jerusalem's Old City, which is Judaism's holiest site and the third holiest for Islam. "The Temple Mount is a powder keg, and arsonists have the upper hand," blared a Wednesday headline in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.
August 30, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A death in Jerusalem left a painful void here Thursday, with residents of this Ocean County town grappling with the news that a young man who grew up among them had perished in Israel while on religious studies there. Aaron Sofer, 23, was reported missing last Friday while hiking in the woods, prompting a massive search. A body was found Wednesday evening, and officials on Thursday confirmed it was his. Sofer appeared to have died of natural causes, Lakewood's deputy mayor, Albert Akerman, said Thursday afternoon, citing conversations with Israeli police.
August 27, 2014 |
A young Orthodox Jewish man from Lakewood, N.J., is the object of a massive search in Israel after he went missing Friday while hiking in woods outside Jerusalem. Aaron Sofer, 23, was hiking in the Beit Sayit area with a friend when they became separated while climbing down a steep hill, the Jerusalem Post reported. Israeli officials say they cannot rule out that Sofer, a yeshiva student who was wearing a yarmulke and other clothing identifying him as Jewish, might have been kidnapped.
July 13, 2014 |
When Eti Cohen's telephone rings these days, it is often her sister calling in tears from Israel, with air-raid sirens wailing in the background. Cohen, owner of the Center City restaurant Hamifgash, was born in Jerusalem. Her sister Mazi, 47, lives near Tel Aviv. "This needs to be over," said Cohen, speaking of the Palestinian rockets that have rained on Israel by the hundreds this week, and Israel's numerous air strikes on Gaza. "People are afraid. " Bareeq Albarqawi, 26, of Somerset, N.J., a Palestinian American whose parents are from two villages near Nablus, said the violence affects her, too, because her aunt and extended family live in that West Bank city.
March 30, 2014 |
The Jerusalem Quartet is widely considered one of the best of its generation, but the solidity of its playing and interpretive intelligence was barely half the story at Thursday's well-received Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert. More than in the past, the quartet revealed a stronger, more specific, more evolved personality at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater: While some quartets are a bristling alliance of four strong-minded soloists, the Jerusalem is the ultimate ensemble with a central aesthetic.
January 29, 2014 |
Reuven Reich is in town to cure cancer. More specifically, the Dame Susan Garth Professor of Cancer Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is looking for collaborators and funding to develop drugs to attack ovarian and breast cancer and melanoma, particularly in children. "They are very common cancers in children," Reich said Monday, "and very serious. " The researcher is among 24 Israeli scientists and medical researchers here for a three-day seminar arranged by Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Hebrew University.
November 13, 2013 |
TEL AVIV - Mayor Nutter's whirlwind 10-day trade trip to London and this city came to an end Monday with an announced collaboration among Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the possibility of a similar mission to Philadelphia by Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The partnership of Drexel, Children's, and Hebrew University had been set in motion prior to Nutter's trip, but the discussed visit to Philadelphia by Israeli entities arose serendipitously during a meeting Sunday of the Philadelphia delegation and Israeli start-ups organized by Pitango Venture Capital group in Herzliya, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
August 19, 2013 |
WANT TO know what the young Jewish movers and shakers of the world are up to? Ask Philly's own Jared Jackson, back in town after an invitation-only international summit this summer in Jerusalem. Jackson was among 150 representatives from 37 countries - including young Jews from India, China, Sweden, Rwanda, Moldova, New Zealand and Colombia - attending a five-day idea-swapping session in Israel this June. There alongside him was Debbie Danon from London's Three Faiths Forum, a group founded to encourage dialogue among Christians, Muslims and Jews.