Saturday, January 28, 2023


Elaine and Norm Brodsky Send Off Darkaynu Students for a Special Year

(Courtesy of Darkaynu) In the largest cohort to date, 29 students from the U.S., Canada, Australia and England arrived this week to take part in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program. Founded in 2003 by the Ohr Torah Stone network (OTS), Darkaynu is the first and only gap-year program in Israel for Orthodox students


Herzog to Meet Biden at White House on October 26

(JNS) Israeli President Isaac Herzog is scheduled to travel to Washington next week at the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, according to a statement from Herzog’s office.

It will be Herzog’s first official visit to the United States since assuming his position in July 2021.


Ilhan Omar Accuses Trump Of Antisemitism

(JNS) U.S Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) rebuked former President Donald Trump for invoking “dual loyalty tropes” during an October 16 interview on MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show.”

“Antisemitism is on the rise


Gantz: Israel Supports Ukraine, But No Arms Sales

(JNS) Israeli policy regarding Ukraine has not changed and while Jerusalem stands with the embattled European country and with NATO, it has not offered Kyiv any weapons, Defense Minister Benny Gantz told European Union ambassadors during a briefing this week.


Australian Premier Defends Jerusalem Walkback, But Says It ‘Could Have Been Done Better’

(Israel Hayom via JNS) The Australian prime minister said that his government’s reversal of its recognition of western Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could have been handled better, but defended the move, saying it had returned Australia to the international


Lapid Vows to Amend Nation-State Law If He Remains Premier After November

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that if he is able to form a government following the November 1 election, he would modify Israel’s Nation-State law, and ensure Jews cannot pray on the Temple Mount.

“I oppose


‘The US Is Pressing the PA to Increase Security Coordination With Israel’

(JNS) The United States is applying pressure on the Palestinian Authority to increase security coordination with Israel, as part of a larger effort to reduce violence in Judea and Samaria, a former Israeli defense official tells JNS.


US: Iran’s Sale of Suicide Drones To Russia Violates UN Resolution

(JNS) The United States backed statements by France and Britain to the effect that Iran’s sale of so-called “suicide drones” to Russia for use against Ukraine violated a binding United Nations Security Council Resolution.

According to Ukraine, Iranian-made Shahed 136 drones have been used by Russia


As Iran Faces Pressure, Kurds Seize the Moment

For Kurdish Iranian Hawreh Haddadi, the brutality of the Iranian regime is nothing new. The Maine-based author of “Finding Kurdistan: A Kurdish Iranian-American’s Journey Home” believes that the answer, for the Kurds at least, is mutual solidarity. “If we’re not unified, the only winner is the Iranian government,” he


US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides Attends Birkat Kohanim at the Kotel

(Courtesy of Aish HaTorah) U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides joined tens of thousands of worshipers who came to the Western Wall Wednesday morning to attend the traditional “Birkat HaKohanim” Priestly Blessings and the hundreds who watched the ceremony from the Dan Family Aish World Center


From East Flatbush to Tel Aviv: A Once-Defunct Brooklyn Synagogue Thrives in Israel

rom East Flatbush to Tel Aviv: 

A Once-Defunct Brooklyn Synagogue Now Thrives in Israel

By Marc Gronich


Over the past century, hundreds of synagogues in Brooklyn have come and gone as Jewish populations migrated to newer neighborhoods built in


Masa Releases Report Revealing Long-Term Israel Programs as Key to Jewish Continuity

(Courtesy of Masa) Masa Israel Journey, a joint initiative of the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency and a global leader in cultivating Jewish connectedness through long-term, immersive programs in Israel, has released an extensive study quantifying the impact that programs in Israel lasting four months or longer have on young

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