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Randi Weingarten. Source: Screenshot.

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

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...
Tel Aviv, April 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel may have achieved herd immunity against COVID-19

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...
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the United States. Credit: NIAID-RML via Wikimedia Commons.

Kantor Antisemitism Report for 2020 reflects Jew-hatred, tropes exacerbated by pandemic

The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Humanities, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, released the Antisemitism Report for 2020, the year of the...
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on the production line. Credit: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.

Senior Israeli health official says virus is ‘dying out,’ credits vaccine

The head of Public Health at Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the COVID-19 virus was “dying out” in the country, albeit slowly. Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of Public Health at Israel’s Health...
COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccine found effective against COVID-19 variants

Israeli researchers report that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is as effective against B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, aka the U.K. variant, as it is against the original SARS-CoV-2 strain. The vaccine was found to...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin in front of the virtual gates to Auschwitz as part of the 2021 March of the Living online event. Credit: Office of the President for March of the Living.

March of the Living virtual event to honor medical profession, past and present

The International March of the Living will hold a virtual march on Holocaust Remembrance Day to be led by Holocaust survivors and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog, Keren-Kayemet...
Israelis at the Taba border crossing after it was reopened for travelers on March 30, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Taba crossing to Sinai reopens after year of COVID-19 closure

Hundreds of Israelis flocked to the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt Tuesday morning, as it reopened following a year-long closure due to the COVID pandemic. According to authorities, up to 300 Israelis will...
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Germany provides $13.5 million to help Holocaust survivors get vaccinated

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new $13.5 million program, funded by the German government, to help Holocaust survivors get access to coronavirus vaccinations. The new Holocaust...
A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on March 11, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Minister: More than half the population fully vaccinated

More than half of Israel’s citizens have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Thursday. “We have crossed the 50 percent threshold of all Israeli citizens who are vaccinated...
Israelis in Tel Aviv on March 17, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel’s COVID reproduction rate drops to 0.59

Israel’s coronavirus reproduction rate continues to drop, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday, and now stands at 0.59. Of the 41,443 COVID-19 tests that the ministry conducted on Tuesday, 679 came back positive,...