Marcy Oster


WhatsApp Is Way of Life for Israelis

By Marcy Oster

WhatsApp Is Way of Life for Israelis
(JTA) — When my simple Nokia flip-phone broke last year and could not be repaired because it was so old, I upgraded – kicking and screaming – to an iPhone.Read More


Filipina 'X Factor' Sensation Rosa Fostanes Can Only Work as Caregiver in Israel

By Marcy Oster

Filipina 'X Factor' Sensation Rosa Fostanes Can Only Work as Caregiver in Israel
Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s “X Factor,” better not give up her day job yet.Read More


Bibi's $1,700 Scented Candle Bill

By Marcy Oster

Bibi's $1,700 Scented Candle Bill
(JTA) — Israel’s first family seems to like its creature comforts. The prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem spent $1,700 on scented candles and more than $4,200 on wine in 2012. There was also some $2,600 spent on mezuzahs.Read More


Venezuelan Jewish Community Facing Increased Threats

By JTA and Marcy Oster

Even before an attack on a Caracas synagogue in which Torah scrolls were thrown to the floor and “death to the Jews” was painted on synagogue walls, the Jews of Venezuela were feeling threatened. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s rhetoric linking the country’s Jewish community to Israel’s military operation in Gaza caused the Jewish community to step up security a few weeks ago, according to reports.Read More






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