Weekly News Items from the Israeli press, February 2, 2012
Federation Projects in the Israeli Press
The program enables elderly individuals to connect with day care centers via Skype.
(Ynet) UJA-Federation of New York’s annual phone-a-thon aims to raise money to care for people in need, inspire passion for Jewish life and learning, strengthen Jewish communities around globe
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(Ynet) Young group hikes across country's longest trail for 5 months as part of a new program designed to encourage young Jews to get to know Israel
Welfare and Social Issues
central train station
Jpost poll data on what people think about Haredi enlistment into the IDF
(Haaretz) American immigrant Jillian Schwartz is pleased as pie to be representing Israel in London.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Reform Movement petitions High Court, claiming allotment of funds to Orthodox neighborhood rabbis only is 'forbidden discrimination'
(Haaretz) 'Beit Hillel' hopes to counter creeping religious extremism.
(Ynet) Shorashim center works to help people whose religion is questioned by Rabbinate. Organization's new Moscow office inaugurated last week
(Israel National News) Thousands entered the Jewish State illegally last month and in December, according to Israel's Border Authority. Most were from Africa.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yisrael Hayom implores, "Will it take us another 60 years to understand that bloated governments are the root to all of our problems and not the solution? Will it take another half a century to understand that we will not receive good education, for example, by expanding the failed government-education monopoly to include children aged 3-6?" The author concludes that, "Only a lean government can fulfill its legitimate role: Security and upholding the law. A burden of roles (many contradictory) causes it to fail."
Ma'ariv argues that, "There is no need to enforce conscription. It is possible to fight draft dodging through budgets. It is possible to impose a quota on full-time yeshiva students. Only the best would qualify. All of the rest can continue dodging the draft, but on their own account. Not on ours. The same thing must be implemented towards other dodgers – Jews and Arabs. They will be obliged to perform an alternative national service. Not by force. Whoever would insist on avoidance would pay for it through his own pocket; higher university tuitions, and so on and so forth, a series of mechanisms which would provide much more to those who contribute and less to those who do not."