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Israel's Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevich with representatives from Herzog College in Israel at the signing ceremony of a two-year project to foster a global educational and professional network, June 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Israel to fund global Jewish education network, led by Herzog College

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Herzog College has been selected to partner with Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry in launching one of its flagship international projects. For the first time, there will be one organization liaising with Jewish schools throughout...

Jewish American Heritage Month: Understanding the ‘relationship triangle’

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While it is an instinct for many to overlook occasions like Jewish American Heritage Month as largely ceremonial, this year’s event comes at a particularly significant juncture for the relationship between American Jewry and...
Young American Jews. Credit: SeeSaw GmbH/Shutterstock.

Pew survey shows shift in affiliations of young American Jews

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What does the new Pew study, “Jewish Americans in 2020,” say about the status of the Jewish denominations, and what has changed since the last study was conducted in 2013? Not much, except when...
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer addresses the 2014 Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit. Credit: Maxine Dovere.

Ex-ambassador Dermer: Israel should focus more on outreach with evangelicals

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Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said on Sunday that Israel should focus more of its attention in reaching out to evangelical Christians, as they make up the bulk of Israel’s...
Cave, Haidan A-Sham, Yemen, 1992. Photo courtesy of Zion Ozeri.

Photographer Zion Ozeri showcases Jewish diversity in virtual Haggadah

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Renowned Jewish photographer Zion Ozeri’s award-winning shots have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Jerusalem Report, Moment and The Economist, to name a few publications. After reviewing his pieces, Ozeri decided to create a virtual interactive Haggadah that highlights the...
Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum in Venice, Italy. Credit: Courtesy.

Collector of Jewish souls: A rabbi’s treasures culled from around the world

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A 12-branch copper candelabra kindled on holidays by Jews in 18th-century Italy. Sheets of prayers handwritten in Hebrew by an unknown scribe in 15th-century Spain. An oven for baking matzah from 19th-century Portugal. A...
A virtual Kabbalat Shabbat service with the Jewish community in Baku, Azerbaijan. Source: Screenshot.

Diaspora minister’s Shabbat initiative reaches smaller, more remote parts of Jewish world

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Following the ratification of the Abraham Accords, Israeli Minister of Diaspora Omer Yankelevich has held virtual Kabbalat Shabbat services with Jewish communities around the world, sharing the message that now is the time to...
Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson with a Birthright group. Photo: Courtesy.

Love and generosity: A farewell tribute to Sheldon Adelson

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On a Friday morning, slightly more than six months ago, we convened a transatlantic Zoom call. There we were, the deputy editor of Makor Rishon, Orly Goldklang from Ofra, myself from Jerusalem, and Sheldon and...
Birthright participants hike up Masada, Israeli flag in hand. Credit: Birthright Israel.

New reforms aim to bolster Diaspora Jewry’s ties to Israel

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The Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved new regulations on Tuesday aimed at encouraging aliyah and strengthening Diaspora Jewry’s Israel ties. The reforms will for the first time allow any individual eligible for an immigration visa...
The Knesset in Jerusalem, on Aug. 13, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Knesset marks ‘Diaspora Day’ to strengthen Israel-world Jewry bonds

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In a first since 2017, Israel marked “Diaspora Day” on Monday in the Knesset under the direction of Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevitch. To mark the occasion, the Knesset held a series of discussions—both in-person and...