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Daily Archives: June 1, 2021

Dr. Aviad Scheinin. Credit: University of Haifa.

Israeli researcher named National Geographic Society ‘Emerging Explorer’

The National Geographic Society named University of Haifa professor Dr. Aviad Scheinin as one of its “Emerging Explorers” in 2021—one of 15 individuals it described as changing the world “one idea at a time.” In an announcement...

Jewish Family’s Anguish after Converting as Catholics during Nazi Era

Erika Hecht’s mother had herself and Erika converted from Judaism to Catholicism to protect them from discovery by the Nazis or their Hungarian allies, the Arrow Cross. Erika was enrolled in Catholic school, where...

Documentary Explains The Butterfly Project

Jan Landau started The Butterfly Project in 2006 at the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA). Jan had been inspired by the Holocaust poem “The Butterfly.” After World War 11, the butterfly became a symbol...
Kevin Prichard Photography, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

What ‘The New York Times’ didn’t tell you about the children

“They Were Only Children,” was the headline of the unprecedented and pilloried front-page New York Times feature last week. The piece included pictures of the dozens of children killed in the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, and...
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‘What We Found’ Explores Mixed Racial, Religious Heritages

Learning about one’s identity may be a traumatic and profound event. When we discover that a trusted person, such as a parent, has withheld critical information, that revelation is all the more upsetting and...
Danielle Wolfson, the first Israeli woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Credit: Courtesy.

Israeli woman makes history as she summits Mount Everest

A 43-year-old woman raised the Israeli flag at the summit of Mount Everest on May 23. Danielle Wolfson, 43, is the first female Israeli to reach the top of the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) peak and only...
A participant in the Jerusalem College of Technology LevTech Entrepreneurship Center’s fourth annual women’s hackathon, May 2021. Credit: Jerusalem College of Technology.

Women’s hackathon students develop image-processing technology to improve lives

Nearly 25 percent of senior citizens in Israel live alone, causing a potentially fatal situation when one of them falls and needs immediate assistance. To help solve this problem, a group of religious women taking part...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken disembarks after landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel on May 25, 2021. The secretary was greeted by Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Chargé d'Affaires Jonathan Shrier. Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem.

Blinken’s visit to Jerusalem underlines contention regarding the Palestinians and Iran

If body language is any indicator, then last week’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not go as well as they intended during their joint...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of David Barnea as the new head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, June 1, 2021. Credit: Koby Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu: Iranian threat cannot be contained, endangers Zionist enterprise

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the Iranian threat could not be contained, and that Israel would risk friction with the United States to eliminate it. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for...
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 31, 2021. Credit: GPO/Kobi Gideon.

During Jerusalem visit, Lindsey Graham calls Israel the ‘eyes and ears of America’

During a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) described the country as “the eyes and ears of America,” and said that “nobody does more to protect...