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Daily Archives: July 9, 2021

The One Happy Camper (OHC) program was piloted in 2006 to offer incentive grants up to $1,000 to campers attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time, with the goal to increase the number of young people benefiting from the transformative experience of Jewish summer camp. Credit: Courtesy.

Grants to summer camp boost enrollment and connection to Judaism, say administrators

Besides celebrating the return of summer camp this year, for Jewish communal professionals there’s an additional item to cheer: the 100,000th child attending a Jewish camp, thanks to the One Happy Camper initiative. The program—a...
Israelis attend the annual Hebrew Book Week in Tel Aviv on June 9, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Pilot program aims to increase informal Hebrew education at summer camp

The Jewish Agency for Israel has launched a pilot program to increase informal Hebrew education and raise awareness of the language at Jewish camps in the United States and France. As part of the program,...
A visitor looks at photographs of camp inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in Oswiecim, Poland. Credit: Desi H. Sitorus/Shutterstock.

Don’t confuse Holocaust education with the battle over critical race theory

There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures have become battlegrounds over how to teach history. The subject can be fraught with controversy...

Jewish activists push failed leaders to publicly defend the community

It’s hard to ignore the simple fact that Jewish leaders have failed to stop or even slow the accelerating epidemic of Jew-hatred in America. Like failed generals fighting the last war, they have focused...
Dilawar Syed pictured with President Joe Biden. Source: Dilawar Syed/Twitter.

Senators, Jewish groups question Pakistani-born Biden administration nominee for business

A Biden administration nominee for deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) has become the focus of controversy as U.S. senators and Jewish groups fight over whether his membership in an organization critical...
Portraits of the late King Hussein of Jordan (left) and his son, King Abdullah. Credit: Amnat30/Shutterstock.

US, Israel appear moving to bolster Jordan amid concerns over economic, social stability

The United State and Israel appear to be moving to bolster relations with Jordan as part of an effort to shore up Jordan’s King Abdullah amid concerns over his country’s stability. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair...
Fighters in the Yemeni city of Taizak. Credit: Ramalrasny/Shutterstock.

Iran views Houthi attacks as ‘experiment lab’ for its weapons and doctrines

Iran views ongoing attacks by its radical ally in Yemen, the Houthis, on Saudi Arabia and others in the area as an important “experimentation lab” to test out new kinds of weapons and combat...
Flags of the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

US suspends Abraham Fund; UAE urges Israel not to cancel pipeline

The Biden administration has suspended the Abraham Fund, which was established with the signing of the Abraham Accords in the fall of 2020, U.S. and Israeli sources told the business daily Globes. The purpose of the...
Israel Antiquities Authority workers working under the Mughrabi Bridge leading to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, Dec. 31, 2012. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90.

Is Israel’s Mughrabi Bridge falling down?

It’s a beautiful morning in Jerusalem’s Old City. Thirty foreign tourists wait on the Mughrabi Bridge to enter the Temple Mount. Eighteen worshippers, who have come to the Western Wall to pray, stand underneath...
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the phone with then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 12, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

Latest attacks between US and Iran-backed militias overshadow ongoing nuclear talks

Iran’s continued provocations through its terror proxies and with its nuclear program appear to be frustrating efforts by the Biden administration’s efforts revive the Iranian nuclear deal. On Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)...