Israel’s transport minister proposed on Wednesday linking its freight railway network with Jordan and Saudi Arabia and said he presented the idea to President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy last month.
(JTA) — Austria’s chancellor praised workers of his country’s railway company for what he called their outsize resistance to Nazism during the Holocaust. Christian Kern’s praise for the partisans of the Austrian federal railways, or BBO, appeared in a statement he penned for an exhibition about the firm’s role during the Holocaust that opened last…
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Railways can do repair and construction work on Shabbat, at least temporarily, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled. The interim ruling issued Tuesday prevents Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ordering a halt to the Saturday work, according to reports. Lawmaker Zahava Galon, head of the left-wing Meretz party, had filed a petition to…
The last stop on the planned path of Israel’s new railroad is only 5 miles away from the border with Jordan, and the two countries have reportedly discussed connecting their train lines.
Three Israelis were killed and five others seriously injured when their minibus collided with a train at a railroad crossing in a village in central Switzerland, Swiss police said on Monday.
Railroad is a play of intense yet highly confined action (a narrow boxcar: imagine whirling atomic particles spiraling inward into a black hole) that explodes outward in the human dimensions of three living families from three cultures (Jewish, World War II German, and 21st-century American), four generations, and two eras — all played by the same four actors. Centripetal, centrifugal, and reeling by turns, the play emerges from the defining center of the 20th century (the Holocaust, the nadir of civilized Europe) to create the wobbling imbalance of the present day on a “grassy knoll” in polyglot Battery Park, New York City. In design, acting, and production, we seek to create the pressure of confinement and the joy of childish hopes, the lack of air and the freedom of flight (emigration), the bleakness of the black German Lugar, and the audaciously bright colors of the American flag, all in their centrifugal/centripetal dance.
Tel Aviv’s hottest new destination is the historic refurbished Jaffa train station, which has been meticulously restored and turned into a complex of cafes, galleries and exclusive shops. Tel Aviv has an abundance of shopping areas replete with bars, cafés and restaurants, but few are surrounded by the unique space, quiet and sense of living history as is the restored railway station known as Ha’tahana (the station in English). The meticulous restoration and development process began in the year 2000, and the Tahana is now a thriving complex of 22 buildings that includes cafés and restaurants, designer clothing and jewelry shops, art galleries, exhibition spaces and more. The main train station building was constructed in 1892, as part of the first railway line in Israel that connected Jaffa and Jerusalem. The train trip between the two cities that takes under an hour by car today, took four hours at the time. Find out more in our video story about the fascinating history of the train station; home to paragons of the German Templar community in Israel, their building materials factory; and a British army base and bar. Still planned are areas for children’s activities, music and live shows. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming: www.megaupload.com/?d=NH8N9WNX Hi Res: www.megaupload.com/?d=4D9585TZ