Israeli Dating Show Wins Top TV Awards

Perhaps it was bashert. A show about religious singles looking for love in Jerusalem took best drama honors August 28 at the annual awards ceremony of the Israeli Film and Television Academy.

William Korey, Soviet Jewry Activist, 87

William Korey spent more than 30 years of his life deeply involved with the struggle to allow free emigration for Soviet Jews. But when I interviewed him in his Queens apartment a few years ago, he did not hide the fact that he never liked to work on individual cases. “There would be no end to it,” he told me.

Largest Outreach Effort for Alums of Birthright Raises Concerns

Taglit-Birthright Israel, the highly regarded Jewish communal initiative that has sent more than 200,000 young Jews on free trips to Israel, has carefully tended its image as pluralistic and inclusive. But the religious slant and political orientation of the largest, most well-funded organizer of follow-up programs for Birthright alumni is raising concerns, even among top Birthright officials.

Deal on Temporary Settlement Freeze Hinges on What Happens Afterward

Attempts to finalize a deal on a settlement freeze are entering the final stretch, although significant differences still exist between American and Israeli negotiators.

Brooklyn’s Bicycle Man Uses Two Wheels To Bring Hasids and Hipsters Together

An unusual sign appeared in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in early August. On it is a large Star of David constructed out of 50 or so rubber chickens. In the middle of the star, Yiddish text offers a free bike loan to any of the Yiddish-speaking Satmar Hasidim who live in the area.

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