Saturday, May 15, 2021


Shalva Band Goes Public With ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’

(Courtesy of Shalva) The Shalva Band, accompanied by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, performed a unique virtual “duet” of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with notable musicians from the United Arab Emirates in honor of Shalva’s 31st anniversary celebration aptly themed “Building Bridges to the


L.A. Philanthropist and ‘Disability Champion’ Judah Hertz Immortalized in the Negev

(Courtesy of ADI Israel) On Sunday, March 14, ADI (adi-israel.org), Israel’s most comprehensive provider of residential and rehabilitative care for individuals with severe disabilities, hosted a virtual memorial ceremony and dedication to honor the life and legacy of renowned Los Angeles philanthropist and real


Bipartisan Letter Urges Biden to Back ‘Comprehensive’ Agreement With Tehran

(JNS) A bipartisan group of congressional legislators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisting that any agreement the Biden administration makes with Iran “must comprehensively address” the Islamic Republic’s burgeoning nuclear program, ballistic-missile program and its continued funding of terrorism.


Report: Abbas Holding Elections to Coax Biden, Quartet to Broker Talks With Israel

(JNS) The Palestinian Authority decided to hold elections because P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas is laying the groundwork for renewing negotiations with Israel and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has reported.


International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians Relaunched to Track Anti-Semitism

(JNS) World Jewish Congress and Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) has announced the re-establishment of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians to respond to the global rise in anti-Semitism.

The newly relaunched ICJP will convene for its first consultation this spring in a lead-up to the World


Insensitive Satire

As an Arab of Moroccan origins, I am perplexed at an article that was recently published in your newspaper during Purim and titled “100,000 Palestnians Shot by Israeli Soldiers” (February 25, 2021).

The article contains the phrase “after all the Arabs


Yael Sabo Is Inspired at MMY

Yael Sabo is studying at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) in the Baka neighborhood of Jerusalem. She was born and grew up in Bergenfield, and attended RYNJ in River Edge for elementary school and Bruriah for high school. Her family davens at Beth Abraham and Ohr HaTorah in Bergenfield.


Israel High Court Rules on Conversions

An expanded nine-justice panel of the High Court of Justice has ruled to recognize conversions by the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) movements in Israel for the purposes of citizenship.

Eight of the nine justices agreed with all aspects of the landmark ruling, while Justice Noam Sohlberg


Young Israel Distributes 2,000 Mishloach Manot Packages to IDF Soldiers

(Courtesy of NCYI) IDF soldiers throughout Israel had extra reason to smile on Purim after receiving mishloach manot packages through a program organized by American Friends of Yisrael Hatzair, in cooperation with the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI).

Despite immense


Israel Approves $45 Million Program to Fight Crime In Arab Communities

(JNS) Israel’s Cabinet has approved the allocation of 150 million shekel/$45 million to combat crime in the country’s Arab sector, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The money will go toward building and expanding five new and existing police stations, two fire stations and


Senators Urge Blinken to More Strongly Condemn ICC War Crimes Probe of Israel

(JNS) Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are urging U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken to take a stronger position against the International Criminal Court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel.

In a letter circulating among their


At Last! Israeli Luxury Hotels Set to Reopen

After an entire year under the shadow of the pandemic, Israelis are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as the hospitality industry slowly emerges from hibernation. The great news is that on Tuesday, March 9, the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem and the Ritz Carlton in