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Friendship His Key to Survival at Auschwitz

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku; HarperCollins Publishers © 2021; ISBN 9780063-097681; 195 pages, $24.99. This memoir by Australian centenarian Eddie Jaku departs from memoirs by...
“Collective Compassion” shares events and resources from more than a dozen partners in a coordinated response to the significant mental-health wellness needs of the Jewish community. Credit: Pixabay.

Program focuses on Jewish teen wellness during Mental Health Awareness Month

The Jewish community is bringing the power of compassion to National Mental Health Awareness Month. A project of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative for the second year in a row, “Collective Compassion” shares...

Over 13 Audiences Should Catch ‘The Birdcatcher’

The Bird Catcher,  a 2019 film streaming on Amazon Prime, begins in 1942 inside the bustling city of Trondheim, Norway. The movie centers around a young teenager named Esther (Sarah-Sofie Boussnina), the daughter of...
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
Israelis comfort one another in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square following the Lag B'Omer stampede in Meron that resulted in the deaths of 45 Jewish worshippers, May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Can a disaster breed Jewish unity or widen the communal breach?

There is nothing positive to be gleaned from an event that led to the deaths of 45 Jews and injuring of 150 others. The wake of a fatal stampede in the early hours of...
Sarah Margon. Source: Screenshot.

RJC: Biden nominee with anti-Israel ties ‘makes mockery’ of human rights

The Republican Jewish Coalition is urging senators to reject the nomination of Sarah Margon to a senior State Department post over her anti-Israel, pro-BDS history. Margon, who has been nominated by the Biden administration to...
Medical workers at a Leumit Vaccination Center, in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry set to vaccinate next cohort, 12- to 15-year-olds

The Israeli Ministry of Health is stepping up preparations to begin vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds against the coronavirus, N12 reported on Tuesday. The preparations began after health authorities in Israel learned that the U.S. Food and Drug...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviews new nuclear achievements during the country’s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, April 10, 2021. Credit: Iranian Presidency Office.

European intel agencies find Iran sought nuclear weapons

Iran sought on multiple occasions in 2020 to obtain technology for its nuclear-weapons program, intelligence agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany said, according to a Fox News report on Monday. The General Intelligence and Security Service...
An Orthodox Jewish man visits Mount Meron in northern Israel, where 45 Israelis lost their lives during a stampede at a Lag B'Omer celebration, May 3, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli AG: Provisional government can launch state probe into Meron disaster

Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said on Monday that there is no legal impediment to establishing a state commission of inquiry into the Lag B’Omer disaster, not even in the case of a provisional government. “Although...
Tel Aviv, April 21, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

First cases of Brazilian, Chilean coronavirus variants detected in Israel

The Brazilian variant of the Covid-19 virus was detected in Israel for the first time on Monday, in a vaccinated adult and an infant entering the country from abroad. One case of the Chilean...