Pure Poetry: The album featuring Peres?s lyrics will be released in August.

Shimon Peres, Songwriter?

If Shimon Peres ever seemed distracted during a Cabinet meeting, Israelis now know why: He was busy writing song lyrics on the side.

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Surf’s Up

On June 20, Israeli windsurfer Shahar Zubari won the gold medal at the 2009 R:SX European Championships in Tel Aviv. The Eliat native beat out French windsurfer Julien Bontemps, who had finished ahead of Zubari in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Home: One member described the kibbutz as a ?neo-shtetl.?

Urban Kibbutz Puts Down Roots

It’s seen its share of ups and downs, but the kibbutz movement is now alive and well — in Seattle.

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Tumult in Tehran: Soon after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) declared victory, demonstrators protested the election?s results. In a scene from a YouTube video, a dissenter is shown after being shot down by the pro-government Basij militia.

Iran Turmoil Emboldens Opponents of Obama Outreach

Critics of the Obama administration’s call for negotiations with Iran have gained new life with the unrest there following disputed election results.

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Posh Prison Parties Just the Latest Act for Satmar Power Broker

Long before he managed to organize a lavish bar mitzvah inside a New York City jail, Rabbi Leib Glanz developed a reputation for making things happen within New York’s ultra-Orthodox Satmar community.

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