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JFNA in the Israeli Press

Too few women lead major U.S. Jewish Federations, MK says

(Haaretz) Recent report paints picture of 'communal stagnation in gender equality,' and asserts that number of women in leadership roles remains at 'the same low level.'


U.S. to cut support for Israeli missile defense program by $6 million

(Haaretz) Palestinians will not receive funding unless they show ‘a firm commitment to peaceful coexistence with the State of Israel’ and fight terrorism.


Federation Projects in the Israeli Press

Maryland county halts Beit Shemesh partnership

(Jpost) Residents of Washington DC suburb express concern about "human rights violations" in the city due to haredi extremism.


JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press

Jewish Disability Month in Israel
Myers-JDC-Brookdale's resources on Jewish Disability Month in Israel


The case of the NextGen Jews

(Times of Israel) First in a two-part series on what Jewish organizations are doing to cultivate 20- and-30-somethings


Jewish groups step up security amid terror threat

(Jpost) Jewish Agency official in Tblisi says the organization was on high security alert before attempted attack.


Welfare and Social Issues

Prostitution begins with men

(Israel Hayom) The ministerial decision to pass the bill criminalizing clients of prostitutes, those who pay for their services, intends to set ethical and moral norms.


Hacker group Anonymous threatens to wipe Israel off the web

(Israel Hayom) Hacktivist group Anonymous publishes video threatening Israel and planning a three-stage attack, including erasing Israel from the Internet.


IDF Retaliates After Rocket Barrage Hits Southern Israel

(Israel National News) At least four Qassam rockets fired at Israeli territory. IDF fires at suspicious points in Gaza.


Aliyah and Immigration

Facebook scandal erupts after Israeli photographer uploads photo of naked Ethiopian woman

(Haaretz) Photojournalist Ziv Koren claims to receive threats over photo of a Falashmura woman bathing at a mikveh upon immigration to Israel, before removing the image from the Internet.


Jewish World

Druckman’s legacy

(Jpost) One can only hope that Rabbi Druckman’s successor will be able to revitalize conversion in Israel, and address meaningfully and responsibly the demographic time bomb that is facing the Jewish state.



Israel to announce names of foreign workers' children set for deportation

(Haaretz) Some 375 families of foreign workers with children in Israeli schools will find out on Wednesday if they will be allowed to stay in the country.


Israeli Economy

General strike continues after overnight talks fail

(Jpost) Treasury and Histadrut representatives talk through the night with no results; basic services will remain closed; Egged and Dan buses to join strike, but trains will resume, Ben-Gurion Airport will operate.


Arts and Culture

Jerusalem to host ice festival

(Times of Israel) The Jerusalem Municipality has announced its first-ever ice festival set for March-April 2012.


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

 Ma'ariv notes that, "India is not interested in becoming a violent arena in the framework of the Middle East conflict.  Only last week it announced that it would continue purchasing petroleum from Iran despite the embargo."  The author points out that, "An order to carry out attacks under these conditions is liable to endanger Iran's interests, and therefore, perhaps, the attempts to initiate a deadly, yet isolated, incident are limited in scope – for now.


Yisrael Hayom says that, "The working assumption by the security services last night was that global terror assault is not yet over.  The assessment is that the incidents in India and Georgia are part of a wider, multi-continental and multi-dimensional effort, intended to give to Hezbollah and to Iran a triple achievement: Revenge (in part and however late) for the elimination of Imad Mughniyeh, revenge (small and not proportional) for the elimination of the [nuclear] scientists, and deterrence."