Elli Wohlgelernter


Lithuanian Power Struggle Ends in Lubavitch Defeat

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Lubavitch leaders are crying foul after one of their own was passed up for the newly created post of chief rabbi of Lithuania.Rabbi Sholom Krinsky, the Chabad emissary who has served in Vilnius for a decade, said he was being ignored by the Association of Jewish Religious Communities of Lithuania because it now wants to be the heirRead More


Government Is Pledging To Heighten Bus Security

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM –- After 21 suicide bus bombings in the last 41 months that killed 164 people and wounded 777, the Israeli government has acknowledged that it has failed to provide security and is now embarking on a new venture to ensure the safety of all passengers.Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi unveiled the new plan this month, which callsRead More


Prison Release Near for Atomic Tattletale

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The scene at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon on April 21 is sure to be a major media event, with fans, foes and reporters from the world over waiting outside when convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu walks free for the first time since 1986. But what happens the day after is the issue now confronting the Israeli government, whichRead More


‘Seinfeld’ Star Puts Famous Face on Peace Initiative

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Actor Jason Alexander will tell anyone who asks that he’s nothing at all like George Costanza, the pompous, petty, egocentric character he played on “Seinfeld.” Somehow, though, he can’t help sounding just a bit like his alter ego. Even when he’s flying halfway around the world as an ambassador of peace, he can’t helpRead More


Conference Gets Close Look at Bombing

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Malcolm Hoenlein is accustomed to being updated by Israeli officials about “the situation,” but he has never been as close to it as he was this week.Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, personally witnessed his first suicide bombing up close, and was visibly shaken describing itRead More






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