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Israeli singer Eden Alene. Source: YouTube/Screenshot.

Israel releases revamped 2021 Eurovision entry

Singer Eden Alene will represent Israel at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Set Me Free.” A new video featuring a revamped version of the song was released on Friday. Alene was scheduled to represent Israel...
Jewish worshipers cover themselves with prayer shawls at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, during the priestly blessing recited on Passover, March 29, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Passover priestly blessing at Western Wall adapts to COVID-19 restrictions

Every year on the third day of Passover, thousands of worshippers gather at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza to attend a special “priestly blessing” prayer. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the limited attendance...

A very special Pesach

Today I must give thanks for the perseverance of our people and the cultivation of the traditions that, like Pesach, are transmitted generation after generation through the education that our Imams and Sabbaths gave...

Book Review: ‘The Taming of the Jew’

Tuvia Tenenbom is an expat Israeli who has lived in Germany and elsewhere for many decades, working as a journalist and author. Holding many academic degrees, Tenenbom is also a playwright, essayist, and the founding artistic...
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Israeli Election Analysis at the Seder Table

As the Passover holiday came upon us, we tried to put aside politics for a family celebration. There were two children, plus spouses, and six grandchildren at our Seder. Unsurprisingly,  the talk was more...
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Proud of the U.S. and local response to migrant children

I’m so proud of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Cabinet Secretaries Alejandro Mayorkas and Xavier Becerra, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, our city’s Mayor Todd Gloria, the folks at Jewish Family...
Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh in Jerusalem on May 27, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

World-renowned Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh in critical condition after assault

World-renowned Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh remains in critical condition on Monday, after being assaulted last week during an attempted robbery in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem District Police have arrested Ali Adkidak, 41, from eastern Jerusalem, on...
Hagit Tzafrir, head of the Health Division of the Harel Insurance and Finance Group. Source: Facebook.

IBM names Israeli to global list of leading women in AI

For the first time in its three-year history, IBM’s annual list of the world’s 40 leading women in the field of artificial intelligence includes an Israeli—Hagit Tzafrir, head of the Health Division at Harel Insurance...
New Hope Party head Gideon Sa'ar speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

With Israeli coalition efforts underway, Likud sets sights on Gideon Sa’ar

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party efforts to cobble together a coalition so far coming up empty, party officials say that they plan to do everything they can to convince New Hope...
Linoy Ashram. Source: Photo by Ayelet Zussman/Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals at world championship

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won two gold medals and one bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria this weekend. Ashram was first among 44 competitors on Saturday, after earning a score of 98.450, winning...