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British actress Helen Miren meets with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at City Hall, June 22, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Helen Mirren to portray Golda Meir in new film on Yom Kippur War

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Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren will play the role of iconic Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in an upcoming biographical film Golda. The movie will be directed by Oscar-winning Israeli director Guy Nattiv. Production is...
Kyiv Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich leads the memorial ceremony and inauguration of the symbolic synagogue on the site of the Babi Yar Nazi massacre. Credit: Courtesy of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.

Rabbis, Jewish world leaders unveil symbolic synagogue, prayer space at Babi Yar

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Marking Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day on the Jewish calendar—the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center unveiled the very first Jewish prayer space on Thursday. The symbolic synagogue structure was opened at a ceremony that included special prayers led...
Chaim Luviner serving in the IDF's Armored Corps. Credit: Courtesy.

From the Holocaust to the IDF: Grandfather and grandson share a story of survival...

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As Israel prepared to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, a grandfather who survived the Nazi atrocities in Poland and his grandson shared a powerful story of survival and continuity. Chaim Luviner, born in 1933 in Poland,...
Alisdare Hickson from Canterbury, United Kingdom, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

For a future of peace, Jews and Muslims should build bridges

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Jews and Muslims have distinct faiths, yet that is not a hindrance to living together in peace, and with respect for each other’s way of life. I know this because I bear witness to...

The future of Holocaust remembrance

Yom Hashoah is a day when Jews in their homeland and around the world remember their 6 million brothers and sisters who were so cruelly persecuted, hunted and murdered during the Holocaust. As we...
Palestinian boys raise their hands at a school in Gaza supported by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in September 2011. Credit: U.N. Photo/Shareef Sarhan.

Pro-Israel groups press Congress to help end ‘hateful content’ in UNRWA schools

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Several pro-Israel and Jewish organizations are urging U.S. legislators to pressure the United Nations to end hateful anti-Semitic content found in the curriculum of schools run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The...
Randi Weingarten. Source: Screenshot.

Teachers union president draws criticism for saying Jews ‘part of ownership class’

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The president of a national teachers’ union said American Jews are part of an “ownership class” in the United States who want to take opportunities away from others. Randi Weingarten, longtime president of the American...
An airstrike in Syria on June 24, 2020. Source: Twitter/Majd Fahd.

Report: Israel strikes targets in the Damascus area

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Israel struck a number of targets in the Damascus area early on Thursday morning, according to Syrian state media. The Syrian Arab News Agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that four soldiers had...
A Palestinian boy pedals by the closed offices of U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) during a strike of all UNRWA institutions in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 24, 2018. Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Israel’s envoy blasts Biden administration over renewal of UNRWA funding

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The United States announced on Wednesday that it is working with Congress to drastically increase aid to the Palestinians, including renewing aid to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which deals primarily with...
Tel Aviv, April 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel may have achieved herd immunity against COVID-19

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Israel may have reached herd immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, say experts from its largest hospital, Sheba Medical Center. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population has immunity—through vaccination or having recovered...