Saturday, December 04, 2021


Jerusalem Institute for the Blind Makes a Difference

(Courtesy of JIB) The story of Jerusalem Institute for the Blind (JIB), in Israel known as Beit Chinuch Ivrim, began 120 years ago, when a merchant passing by on the streets of Jerusalem caught sight of a child nearly trampled to death by camels, and immediately ran over to help. He soon discovered that the child was in fact blind,


New Global Economic Zionist Movement ‘Bikurim’ Focuses on Israel’s Heartland

(Courtesy of Bikurim) A new nonprofit initiative called Bikurim, www.bikurim-israel.org, which focuses on changing the facts on the ground through economics, or what is called “economic Zionism,” has made tremendous strides in building strong and self-reliant communities by boosting


Increased Coordination Between Hatzalah and Magen David Adom Forms Worldwide Jewish EMS Network

MDA leverages its experience responding to terrorism, rockets and other disasters to train American Hatzalah teams, while Israeli Hatzalah organizations form integral part of Magen David Adom’s roster of 27,000 EMTs and paramedics.

(Courtesy of AMFDA) Greater


Gottheimer Resists Consulate In Jerusalem Reopening Without Israel’s Consent

(JNS) Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) appears to have become the first Democrat to raise objections about the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem.

“The Biden administration has announced its intention to reopen a U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. Any new


US Dollar Hits 25-Year Low Against Israeli Shekel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) The U.S. dollar hit a 25-year low against the shekel this week, officially dropping below the benchmark that the Bank of Israel had hoped to avoid crossing. The euro also dropped sharply against the shekel and was traded at an exchange rate of 3.511 shekels to 1


Official: US to Move Ahead With Sale of F-35s to UAE

(JNS) Mira Resnick, a deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state, said this week that the United States plans to go ahead with the sale of 50 F-35 advanced fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

“We continue consulting with


J Street Joins Anti-Israel Groups in Support of Gaza Amendment to Defense Bill

(JNS) J Street has joined with several dozen largely anti-Israel groups, including some that support the BDS movement, in calling for the U.S. Senate to adopt the Gaza amendment as part of the 2022 National Defense Authority Act (NDAA).


Herzog Begins Tenure as US Ambassador, Vows to Shore Up Bipartisan Support for Israel

(JNS) Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog officially took office this week, replacing Gilad Erdan, who will continue as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

“The United States is the most important


Thomas-Greenfield Meets Top Israeli Leaders, Promises to Combat Anti-Israel Bias at UN

(JNS) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with top Israeli officials this week, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“Honored to see @IsraeliPM @NaftaliBennett again today in Jerusalem. We discussed our close cooperation at the @UN working to combat anti-Semitism and


Ben & Jerry’s May Lose US Kashrut Renewal Over Boycott

The Kof-K can only break its contract with Ben & Jerry’s if there is
a violation of the Jewish dietary laws and no such violation has occurred.

The Kof-K kosher certification agency may not renew Ben & Jerry’s certificate if the global ice


Israel’s State of Climate Tech 2021

(Courtesy of Israel Innovation Authority) According to the Climate Tech report, the most significant challenge facing climate companies is securing funding, along with difficulties in Scale-Up, finding Beta Sites, and regulatory barriers

Dror Bin, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority: “The climate crisis


Meir Panim Spreads the Light All Year, and on Chanukah, Too

Meir Panim has one theme for the Chanukah parties it will hold this year for its clients: “We missed you. Come back!”

“Since we were forced to close our restaurant-style soup kitchens with the onset of COVID-19, our clients became accustomed to picking up their meals and taking

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