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A Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, on Aug. 21, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Bahrain celebrates first bar mitzvah in 16 years

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The first bar mitzvah in Bahrain in 16 years was held over the weekend at the House of Ten Commandments, the oldest and only operational synagogue in a Gulf Cooperation Council country. The bar mitzvah...
The Supreme Court of Western Australia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Rabbi recites Jewish prayer as he is sworn in to Western Australia’s Supreme Court

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The first Orthodox Jewish rabbi to be appointed to an Australian supreme court recited a Jewish prayer at the end of his swearing-in ceremony this week. Rabbi Marcus Solomon, an experienced commercial litigator and arbitrator, was...
Touro summer tour group in front of the Ohel Yaakov synagogue in Zichron Yaakov

Against All Odds: Touro College Traveled Abroad for Israel Summer Study Tour

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For the 35 of us travelers, both young and old, our plane touched down with an amazingly smooth landing at exactly the right moment in time. Just a week earlier or later, given the...
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

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Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram. Source: Linoy Ashram/Instagram.

Linoy Ashram snags gold for Israel in rhythmic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal for Israel in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, beating out stiff competition in three separate routines with hoops, ball and ribbon. “It’s what I dreamed of for...
Israeli artistic gymnast and gold medalist Artem Dolgopyat, Aug. 1, 2021. Source: Israel Olympic Committee via Facebook.

No easy fix for Israel’s gold-medal civil marriage dilemma

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It was an epic Olympic Games for Israel. The Jewish state’s team brought home a record four medals from the Tokyo Olympiad, including two that were gold. For a small country that, thanks to...
Marathoner Beatie Deutsch. Photo by Kinneret Rifkind.

Nothing is impossible for Israel’s most unlikely marathon champ

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It’s not every day that Europe’s largest sportswear manufacturer features an Orthodox Jew on a billboard. But that’s precisely what happened when Adidas portrayed Israeli national marathon and half marathon champion Beatie (Bracha) Deutsch...
Luke Hughes celebrates with his family after being selected in the first round of the NHL draft. Source: Screenshot.

Three Jewish brothers make NHL draft history

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Three Jewish brothers became the first American family to have three siblings picked in the first round of the National Hockey League (NHL) Draft. Luke Hughes, 17, became the third brother in his family to...
The team cataloging Jewish gravestones discovered in the Eastern European city of Brest. Credit: The Together Plan/Israel Newsstand.

Group to turn thousands of Jewish headstones found in Belarus into memorial

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A charity organization is working to create a memorial with Jewish gravestones that have been discovered around Belarus, Israel Newsstand reported. Jewish headstones from the former Brest-Litovsk Jewish cemetery, which is today a sports field, began resurfacing at...
An Israeli paratrooper holding flying the flag of Israel while parachuting over Slovenia as part of commemoration of Jewish World War II paratroopers. Credit: IDF.

‘Not a nation that forgets’: Israeli paratroopers jump to honor World War II heroine...

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Israeli paratroopers have described being deeply moved last week by their experience in a commemorative expedition in Slovenia, held to honor the memory of Hannah Senesh (Szenes) and other Jewish paratroopers who parachuted into...