Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

The growing modernization of Bedouin culture in Israel
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before, in a TV docudrama, on the glossy pages of National Geographic, as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village. It speaks of poverty, though there's a gentle mood to the...
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With more than 240 million trees planted and 89 reservoirs built in Israel, the Jewish National Fund can claim to know a little something about water and environmental issues. And as nations across the globe struggle with finding access to clean water supplies and creating sustainable development, officials at JNF's American branch -- it is made up of more than...
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For much of the world, the name Israel is synonymous with conflict. But even though the nation must continue to fend off terrorism and fight for its rights, the true face of the Jewish state can be found in the hustle and bustle of ordinary people going about their lives. At work and at play, Israel remains a country of...
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After a daytime motorcycle accident left a man with severe internal bleeding, Avi Gordon and an ambulance team rushed to the scene. The victim was lying on the street in Petach Tikvah, a busy suburb of Tel Aviv. Gordon carefully stabilized the man by strapping him onto a backboard while another responder slowly removed his helmet and started to administer...
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How Israel treats its 1 million-plus Arab citizens will ultimately prove the most significant measure of whether the state truly embodies Jewish values, according to an American-born Reform rabbi who made aliyah back in 1990, and now runs a foundation devoted to bridging the divide between Jews and Arabs. "If Israel isn't a just state, then it won't survive," argued...
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