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Composite image of paintings by Nikos Stavroulakis appearing in front of a photograph he took of the Etz Hayyim Synagogue ruins in Hania, Crete, prior to the restoration efforts he led (© Nikos Stavroulakis)

Resurrecting One of the World’s Oldest Jewish Communities

Jews first arrived in Crete from Egypt some 2,300 years ago, perhaps as part of Egyptian military campaigns. A century or two later, they came from the Land of Israel during the Maccabean Revolt. At...
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The phrase ‘Jewish supremacy’ is brazen antisemitism

American Jews are caught in a paradox. We thought we have struggled “against all forms of racism, colonialism and injustice,” yet we are accused of standing for… “Jewish supremacy.” At Franklin & Marshall College in...
Blue and White Party member Omer Yankelevich at the Plenary Hall at the Knesset on May 14, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Knesset bill to require consultation with Diaspora on matters regarding world Jewry

Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevitch announced on Thursday that she is introducing a Knesset bill that would require government ministries to consult with world Jewry on matters directly related to the Jewish...
Participants at a Jerusalem rally in solidarity with the “No Hate. No Fear” march in New York City, Jan. 5, 2020. Credit: Jewish Agency for Israel. Credit: Jewish Agency for Israel.

Hundreds attend Jerusalem rally in solidarity with New York City ‘No Hate’ march

Hundreds of people came together in Jerusalem on Jan. 5 to participate in a rally of solidarity with the “No Hate. No Fear” march in New York. Taking place in the Jewish Agency’s courtyard, the event was...

Israel-Diaspora relations then and now: Exhibit highlights work of late photographer Leonard Freed

Yet another U.N. agency has stepped into the minefield that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and as a result, appears in danger of losing its legitimacy. The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced last...
Keren Hayesod world chairman Sam Grundwerg (then Consul General to Los Angeles) with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and actress Gal Gadot. Courtesy: Keren Hayesod.

Impact investing meets social welfare: How a 99-year-old Israeli institution stays relevant

Here’s a riddle: What Israeli institution about to celebrate its centennial anniversary, is not officially part of the government, but has a special status not reserved for typical private nonprofit? The answer: Keren Hayesod (United...
By Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, , pp. 324-325. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Is Diaspora Jewry coming to an end?

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the Jewish Diaspora. While the anti-Semitic terrorist attack against a synagogue in Pittsburgh is a grave warning for American Jewry, the danger for Jews...
Jewish worshipers cover themselves with prayer shawls as they pray in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, during the Cohen Benediction priestly blessing at the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, October 8, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Why the Israelis aren’t as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government’s June 2017, suspension of a...

A need to reconnect the Diaspora with Israeli Jews

Throughout our years of Jewish education and Israeli history, we have been taught that May 14th marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Jewish people. It is a day on which the...
Thousands of young Jews attend Birthright mega event. Credit: Yossi Gamzo Latuba.

Birthright Israel celebrates 18 years of changing young lives

The numbers speak for themselves. Gathered at the 18th-year mega-event held at Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem on June 27 were approximately 6,000 participants from countries all over the word, in addition to 1,500 soldiers from...