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A grandfather and his family in the new gift room at Sheba Medical Center, June 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Sheba Medical Center opens gift room for long-term elderly patients

Sheba Medical Center has inaugurated Israel’s first hospital gift room exclusively for elderly patients, located in the Geriatric Division of Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Intended for geriatric patients who are hospitalized long-term or whose birthday occurs...
Incoming Jewish Agency shlicha and former Knesset member Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh with chairman of the Jewish Agency and Israel’s President-elect Isaac Herzog. Credit: David Salem, Zug Productions.

Former Druze MK appointed emissary to Washington, North American campuses

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will be bringing former Knesset member Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh—the first female Druze member of Israel’s legislature, to Washington, D.C.—as a senior shlicha (Israeli emissary). She will...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport on June 22, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Bennett says for time being, Israelis should avoid non-essential travel abroad

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has asked Israeli citizens this week to avoid non-essential travel overseas in light of the Delta variant of the coronavirus infection rates. Speaking on Tuesday from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Bennett said...
Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Yair Lapid with Prime Minister Naftali Bennet (center) at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s new leadership likely to advance Abraham Accords, put Palestinian issue on backburner

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates next week, marking his first visit there since he became the country’s top diplomat. The visit comes as Israel and the Biden administration...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden before delivering joint statements at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Biden to host outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at White House

U.S. President Joe Biden will host Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Washington on June 28, said the White House. “President Rivlin’s visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, and the...
Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem about the coronavirus, June 21, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israel using vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority

Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi said on Monday that Israel was using the COVID-19 vaccines that the Palestinian Authority had rejected. The vaccines Israel had planned to send to the P.A. are being used “right...
The four women who earned their IAF wings last week. Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Israeli Air Force welcomes fifth-ever female fighter pilot

Four women and 35 men received their Israeli Air Force wings last week at a graduation ceremony in Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev Desert. The newly minted IAF pilots include the first woman...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid aims to ‘reinvigorate’ Israel’s ties with Democrats, US liberal group

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid emphasized reinvigorating the Jewish state’s ties with the Democratic Party in his first call with an American organization since assuming office last week. Lapid made it clear that a “strong...
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi alongside the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Credit: IDF.

Top three goals of Israeli Chief of Staff Kochavi during US visit

After delaying a planned key visit to the United States in late April due to the security situation in Gaza, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi arrived in Washington, D.C.,...
Ben Gurion International Airport, June 20, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Wary of new outbreak, Israel to increase COVID screening at Ben-Gurion Airport

Israel will significantly increase COVID-19 screening at Ben-Gurion International Airport amid fears of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, first detected in India. An Israeli Health Ministry committee has warned the government...