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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin honors Israeli soldiers for the fifth time from the gardens of his residence in Jerusalem on Israel Independence Day, May 9, 2019. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted on Thursday “All Israel From Jerusalem” and the traditional ceremony honoring 120 outstanding Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers for the fifth time from the gardens of his residence in Jerusalem. The event on Israel Independence Day was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Aviv Kochavi, and current and...
Marnie Fienberg, the daughter-in-law of Joyce Fienberg, who was murdered in the Oct. 27, 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack, lights a memorial torch together with Jewish Agency for Israel chairman Isaac Herzog Credit: Noam Sharon.
The Jewish Agency for Israel held a Yom Hazikaron memorial service in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning for fallen soldiers of Israel, victims of terrorist attacks and Jews murdered in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the world. The ceremony paid special tribute to the victims of the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh in October 2018 and Poway in April 2019. The ceremony was held...
Memorial candles during the ceremony marking Israel's Remembrance Day at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on May 7, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.
For the first time, a Memorial Day ceremony was held in Jerusalem on Tuesday night honoring the memories of Orthodox Jewish soldiers who laid down their lives in service to their country, as well as ultra-Orthodox victims of Arab terrorism. Some 800 people attended the event, including Jerusalem chief rabbis Aryeh Stern and Shlomo Amar, senior Israel Defense Forces officials,...
Just a few days before Israeli Independence Day, 220 Jews from Ukraine became new citizens of Israel on May 6, 2019, arriving on three separate flights organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Keren L’Yedidut). Photo by Noam Moscowitz.
Just a few days before Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut)—despite the fact that more than 600 rockets were fired at Israel over the weekend by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip—220 Jews from Ukraine became new citizens of Israel on Monday, arriving on three separate flights organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. “We at the...
Israeli flags placed by each tomb at the military cemetery of Netanya, ahead of the Israeli Memorial day for fallen soldiers, on May 7, 2019. Photo by Flash90.
Events to commemorate the memories of 23,741 fallen soldiers and civilians began in Israel on Tuesday evening as part of Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. According to the Defense Ministry’s Families and Commemoration Department, 56 casualties were added to the count this year, including 40 disabled people who died as a result of their condition. The Defense...
The Jewish national calendar of Israel is populated by new holidays that Israel has placed at the center of our national and Jewish consciousness and which define and set aside the most significant time of the year in Israeli society. These holidays – bunched together within one week – are Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for...
Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler, chief rabbi of Chabad in Poland (pictured with his son Yossi), will host a special Passover seder with the families of ghetto survivors from Israel, Europe and the U.S. Picture by Muzeum Getta Warszawskiego. (EJP)
For the first time since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, some 100 Diaspora Jewish families will celebrate the Jewish festival of redemption in the heart of what was once the ghetto. Seventy-six years ago German troops stormed the ghetto, intent on completing the deportation process within three days, but were ambushed by Jewish rebels. The uprising broke out on April 19,...
Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
Ahead of the holiday of Passover, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is sponsoring gift coupons of $139.12 for 8,500 Israeli lone soldiers and soldiers from low-income families, all of which add up to a combined value of more than $1.11 million. An Israel Defense Forces lone soldier is someone serving who has no immediate family in Israel. The initiative...
Workers prepare matzah, traditional unleavened bread eaten during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover, at the Aviv matzah plant in Bnei Brak on April 14, 2019. Photo by Flash90.
If you’ve never heard an Arab calling out alter zachen (“old things”) in Yiddish, then you’ve never experienced pre-Passover preparations in Jerusalem. It’s part of the clean-up mania that grips the city in the run-up to the Pesach holiday. I remember the days when an old, wizened guy would traipse around the neighborhood looking to pick up anyone’s old shmattes—today, they drive around...
The Pesach holiday – which marks the Jewish people’s exodus from enslavement in ancient Egypt – was never more reminiscent in modern times as during the Holocaust. In the Pesach Haggadah, which recounts the miraculous story, Jews are told to proclaim: “This year we are here; next year we will be in the Land of Israel. This year we are slaves; next...

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