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Israelis in Tel Aviv wear protective masks in accordance with coronavirus regulations, Oct. 26, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel to soon get the green light to go mask-free outdoors

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Israel’s rate of coronavirus continues to drop in the midst of a successful mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus with public health chief Dr. Sharon Alroy-Pries saying on Tuesday that starting next week, Israelis...
Closed shops at the Mamilla Mall outside Jerusalem's Old City, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel eases new set of COVID-19 restrictions

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Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet decided on Monday to lift certain restrictions on the public, as part of a gradual reopening of the economy following weeks of full and partial lockdowns. The Cabinet ruled that students in...
Rain in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2020. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Report: COVID outbreak in Israel to worsen over winter

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A new report from the Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center finds that Israel is likely to see a spike in infections over the winter, when people will convene in small indoor spaces. The...
First-grade students attend their first day of school at Paula Ben-Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem on Sept. 1, 2019. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry calls for teachers to take COVID-19 tests before schools reopen

As Israel prepares to send first- to fourth-grade children back to the classroom, the country’s Health Ministry is calling for some 60,000 public-school teachers nationwide to be tested for COVID-19. The testing will be carried...
A first-grade class at Tali Geulim school in Jerusalem, on Sept. 1, 2020. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

In last-minute decision, Israel decides not to open schools in ‘red’ COVID cities

Children in cities, towns and local authorities designated “red” under Israel’s newly approved “traffic light” plan for managing the coronavirus crisis will not return to school before Thursday, the country’s coronavirus Cabinet decided on Monday...
New York University's campus in Abu Dhabi. Credit: NYU Abu Dhabi.

Israel-UAE deal could position Abu Dhabi as ‘idea capital’ through higher-education ties

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When Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a normalization agreement earlier this month, University of Haifa president Ron Robin immediately contacted his Emirati colleagues to set into motion a process where higher education...
Illustration of Israeli students wearing protective face masks, in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, in a school in Tel Aviv. AUgust 23, 2020. Photo by Chen Leopold/FLASH90

A bumpy approach to start of school year in Israel on Sept. 1

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Israel’s Minister of Education Yoav Galant, along with Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Coronavirus Project coordinator Ronni Gamzu announced on Sunday that the school year will start on Sept. 1—on schedule for Israel’s 2.4...
First-grade students sit in a classroom on their first day of school at Hashalom elementary school in Mevaseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem. on Sept. 1, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Israeli education minister: Schools to open, but with restrictions

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Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant announced on Wednesday that the new school year will open on Sept. 1 as usual, but with restrictions in place to stem the spread of coronavirus. Galant told reporters that...
Hallway at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) building in downtown Boston. Credit: cjp.org.

Boston-based philanthropic partnership to transition to Hillel International

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IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed), the signature campus engagement initiative created by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) and scaled nationally in partnership with the Edward Fein Foundation, will move to Hillel International...
Workers disinfect a classroom at the Gymnasia Rehavia high school in Jerusalem on June 3, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

10,000 Israelis quarantined, 43 schools closed following COVID-19 spike

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A sharp rise in the number of coronavirus patients in Israel, particularly among students and teachers, is causing health and education officials to consider shutting down the school system for the rest of the academic year....