Tuesday, May 17, 2022


My Time in Vienna Helping Ukrainian Refugees

Editor’s note: YU student Shoshana Rockoff was part of the recent mission to Vienna with Yeshiva University, to assist and support the 500 Jewish refugees who arrived from Ukraine.

It was 1 pm on a Friday


Heart of NJ Jewish Leaders Describe How Jewish Agencies Are Cooperating to Help Ukraine

As thousands of Jews and other Ukrainians flee their country as the Russian invasion destroys their homes and institutions, Jewish agencies that have long assisted the community, providing cultural and religious life and safety when necessary, have sprung into action.

Those agencies, particularly the


Relief Missions for Ukraine: UJA-NY and Local Rabbis Bring Hope, Prayer and Supplies

On March 22, UJA-New York hosted a virtual briefing with the rabbis who just traveled to Poland to meet refugees fleeing Ukraine. Speakers shared their reflections of the work on the ground assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees and those still in Ukraine. UJA provides local initiatives with


Relief Missions for Ukraine: NNJ Federation and Rabbinic Mission Visit Poland/Ukraine Border

Jason Shames, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, joined a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) professional and lay leadership mission to the Poland/Ukraine border last week. While he was there, Shames met with members of another grassroots mission, organized through the JCC in


Israeli Leaders Vow Swift Response to Terror Wave

(JNS and combined sources) Israel’s leadership vowed a swift response to the latest terror wave, while also offering condolences to the victims and their families.

“Israel is facing a deadly wave of Arab


Lipstadt Nomination Moves To Full Vote in Senate

(JNS) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, March 29 advanced the nomination of Deborah Lipstadt to serve as the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Lipstadt, 75, a top


Biden Budget Includes $360 Million for Nonprofit Security Grant Program

(JNS) Jewish communal groups are commending the higher level of funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) proposed in U.S. President Joe Biden’s budget proposal for 2023, which was presented on Monday, March 28.


At Tourism Fair in Tel Aviv, Israeli Minister Announces Skies Are Open

(JNS) Israel’s Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov announced on Tuesday, March 29 that Israel would no longer close its skies to tourists—meaning all are welcome to arrive.

Speaking at the International Mediterranean Tourism


UAE, US, Israel Inaugurate Working Group on Religious Coexistence

(JNS) Israel, the United States and the United Arab Emirates began a new program to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue, as well as counter religious intolerance and hatred, at the inaugural meeting of the Trilateral Religious Coexistence Working Group in Dubai this week.

Working with


ISIS-Inspired Terrorists Creating Intelligence Challenges in Israel

Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former Arab affairs adviser to Israeli defense ministers, tells JNS that such acts of terror are not organized, and that security forces need to adopt new patterns of conduct.

ISIS-inspired terrorists create significant challenges for intelligence


Reflections From a Visit to Vienna

We recently spent 54 hours in Vienna.

At the invitation of a close friend, Maxim Slutsky, whom Rabbi Binyamin Krauss worked with when living in Frankfurt, we were invited to see how the city and the Jewish community has transformed itself and been transformed since the outset of the


The View From Vienna

Earlier in March, I passed the balcony of the Hofburg Palace where, on March 15, 1938, Adolph Hitler announced the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany. Approximately 200,000 Austrians stood on the Heldenplatz cheering that day. I watched the grainy black and white video of his speech, chilled with disbelief, as I stood in

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