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Rosh Hashanah: A time of renewal and unity

As Jews, every Rosh Hashanah, we rededicate our commitment to Judaism. We reaffirm our devotion to Jewish law, and we strive to maintain our Jewish traditions. We also focus on improving where we need to—on...
Celebrating the opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the new Project TEN center in Mexico City, August 2021. Photo by Andrea Hamra.

Jewish Agency opens new Project TEN service-learning center in Mexico City

In response to needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Agency for Israel has launched a new volunteer center for the Project TEN service-learning program in Chimalhuacán, Mexico City, in collaboration with the...
Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett holds a presss conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on August 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Has Biden anything to offer Bennett but more trouble?

In theory, the planned meeting this week between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Joe Biden ought to be exactly what both men need. As a neophyte leader, Bennett—whose unstable, multi-ideological coalition maintains only a...
Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan, New York. Credit: New York City Tourism Bureau.

New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage to hold tribute concert on 9/11

The Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra will present a special concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “Remembrance, Reflection, Resilience:...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, Aug. 18, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinian leader Abbas cracks down on critics

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has been increasingly intolerant to critics of both him and the security organization he heads, according to Palestinian human-rights advocates, lawyers and political activists. “The continuing crackdown on public freedoms...
Fires sparked in the Kissufim Forest along Israel’s southern border after explosive-laden balloons were launched by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Aug. 23, 2021. Credit: Keren Kayemet LeIisrael (KKL).

Israeli officials: Palestinian incendiary devices started fires in border communities

Nine fires broke out on Monday near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip that Israeli investigators believe were started by incendiary balloons launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave, reported Ynet. Palestinian resistance groups said they would hold...
A Students for Justice in Palestine march in New York. Credit: JCPA.

BDS-proof: Insider tips for helping students on campus feel secure and empowered

Just because most colleges and universities have been on at least a partial pandemic shut down this past year doesn’t mean that BDS forces have lost any of their vitriol. Or that they’ve given up...
From left: Magen David Adom director-general Eli Bin; Cross River Bank president, CEO and founder Gilles Gade; Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion; president and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Yael Eckstein, August 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Project to place defibrillators in Jerusalem synagogues before Jewish New Year

Magen David Adom has been prioritizing the task of placing defibrillators in public spaces throughout Israel this year. Already, thousands have been installed around the country, including hundreds to be added in Jerusalem synagogues...
Palestinian security forces on guard at the closed Rafah border crossing to Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 23, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Egypt shuts Rafah border crossing amid tensions with Hamas

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, amid increased tensions with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. It is the first time that the crossing has been shut down during a workday...
The Lower House of the Polish parliament called Sejm. Credit: Spandow Stock Photo/Shutterstock.

‘There is more to Polish restitution law than Lapid portrays’

The question on everyone’s mind in Poland in recent days was what prompted Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to react in such a critical manner to their government’s decision to put a statute of...