Tag: The Times of Israel

Fed-up Reform leaders are thinking twice about their donations to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — Daryl Messinger knows she’s going to visit Israel again. But the next time she flies there, it won’t be on El Al.

Messinger, the chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, will be boycotting Israel’s national airline as part of her protest of the Israeli government’s two votes last week that empowered its Orthodox sector at the expense of more liberal groups. She’s also going to make a point of buying non-kosher wines produced in Israel — a show of support for Jews who don’t observe traditional kosher laws.

“I want to make sure my…

UNESCO World Heritage Council condemns Israeli actions in Jerusalem

(JTA) — The United Nations’ cultural agency voted to condemn Israelis actions in Jerusalem.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Council on Tuesday at its meeting in Poland passed a resolution submitted by the council’s Arab states rejecting Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Ten countries voted for the resolution — a softened version of the original text submitted, reportedly due to pressure from Israel and the United States — with three opposed and eight abstaining.

The opposition votes came from Jamaica, the Philippines and Burkina Faso. The eight countries that abstained were Angola, Croatia, Finland, Peru, Poland,…

Israeli teen cricket player sidelined from Maccabiah because she is a girl

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli teenager cannot play with the national cricket team in the Maccabiah Games because she is a girl and it’s an all-male squad, a Tel Aviv court ruled.

Naomi Eytan, 14, has been playing all season on the under-19 team and is its only girl. The Tel Aviv District Court ruled Sunday that the team is male only.

The Maccabiah Games are scheduled to start Tuesday and run for two weeks. Tens of thousands of Jewish athletes from around the world gather in Israel for for the competition.

There is no female under-19 cricket competition, and Maccabiah…

AIPAC leaders warn Netanyahu of ‘crisis of faith’ among US Jews with freeze on Western Wall agreement

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three AIPAC leaders reportedly warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a “crisis of faith” among American Jews in the aftermath of the freezing of the Western Wall agreement.

Outgoing president Lillian Pinkus, her successor, Mort Fridman, and vice CEO Richard Fishman offered what a source familiar with what happened at the meeting told JTA was an “analysis” of the impact of the freeze on American Jews and the divisions it might cause.

The same source also denied a report on the emergency meeting Thursday that said the leaders told Netanyahu that the controversy would hurt support…

Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement. Here’s how.

(JTA) — American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal.

They say that 17 months after achieving a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism’s holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reneged in a Cabinet vote Sunday, effectively canceling the deal and caving to the interests of his haredi Orthodox coalition partners.

Netanyahu disagrees. Far from killing the compromise, he believes the vote has given it new life. And far from betraying Diaspora Jewry, he says the vote shows his concern for Jews around the world.

In a lengthy conversation Monday with a senior Israeli…