Dina Kraft (JTA)


American Jewish Studies Begin To Make Their Way to Israeli Schools

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

The Jews of America may be the largest Jewish community in the Diaspora, but that does not mean Israeli schoolchildren learn much about themRead More


With Female Religious Scholars, Orthodox Women Open Up About Sex

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

With Shabbat fast approaching, the sun was beginning to melt in the Jerusalem sky when the phone rang in Noa Lau’s kitchen.Read More


On Polarizing Issues, Wikipedia Strives for Balance

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

From January’s war in Gaza to Holocaust denial, the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia has become a battlefield over history.Read More


Israeli Gigs Increasingly Common for International Superstars

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

Madonna managed to sprinkle some of her fairy diva dust on Israel during her recent tour, calling the Jewish state the world’s “energy center,” wrapping herself in the flag on stage and even lighting Shabbat candles with Sara Netanayahu.Read More


Israeli-Born Children of Foreign Workers Present Quandary for Jewish State

By Dina Kraft (JTA)

The round-faced boy given the unusual first name of Rabbi by his Filipino parents was born 11 years ago in Israel and has never known another home. He speaks only Hebrew and has never traveled to the Philippines, but along with some 1,100 other children of foreign workers without work permits in Israel, the boy faces possible deportation along with his family.Read More






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