Saturday, June 03, 2023


Noa Tishby Removed as Israel’s Antisemitism Envoy

(JNS) Israeli actress Noa Tishby revealed on Sunday, April 2 that she was dismissed from her position as Israel’s special envoy for combating antisemitism.

The move comes just weeks after she denounced the government’s judicial reform program as a “coup.”


Bank of Israel Hikes Interest Rate Again

(JPost) On Monday, April 3, the Bank of Israel raised the national interest rate by 0.25% to 4.5%, marking the ninth consecutive raise in a long-fought effort to curb the country’s steepening inflation rate; just last month, the Bank raised the interest rate by 0.5%, bringing it up to a 15-year high of 4.25%.


Six Arrested for Assaulting Kohelet Staff in Jerusalem

(JNS) Six women were arrested on Sunday, April 2 after entering the Jerusalem offices of the Kohelet Policy Forum and verbally and physically assaulting employees.

The six trespassers were from the “Wall Breakers” organization affiliated with the mass demonstrations that have aggressively opposed the


Israeli Cabinet Approves National Guard Under Ben-Gvir’s Authority

Several ministers expressed opposition to the move but still voted in favor.

Israel’s Cabinet at its weekly meeting, held on Sunday, April 2, approved the creation of a national guard force under the auspices of the National Security Ministry headed by Itamar


The Vocational Advantage: How AMIT Is Helping Break the Poverty Cycle for At-Risk Youth in Israel

The first vocational school AMIT founded was Israel’s statehood; now, AMIT has become a major provider of vocational training, with ten vocational centers across Israel.

Most students were born and raised on the country’s social and economic margins and didn’t


Gedolim Recite Birkas Illanos in Bnei Brak

The bracha was said on trees from KKL-owned land where shemitah was kept for the first time ever.

(Courtesy of Eretz Hakodesh) In a unique and moving event arranged by Eretz Hakodesh, gedolei Yisroel shlit”a recited Birkas Illanos on trees from the fields of


Jewish Military Symposium Convenes With IDF Participation

(Courtesy of Aleph Institute) More than 100 Jewish military service members and their families attended the 16th Annual Military Conference and Shabbaton hosted by the Aleph Institute in Bal Harbour, Florida in February. This year’s symposium explored elements of professional and communal relationships


Poll: Israelis Seek Compromise

A new survey by the Jewish People’s Policy Institute (JPPI) shows that a large majority of the public wants to see a compromise in the conflict over the judicial reforms. According to the survey, which was conducted during the weekend from March 24-26, 53% of the respondents (Israeli Jews) defined themselves as “opposed to the


Herzog Holds Judicial Reform Talks With Labor, Arab Parties

(JNS) Israeli President Isaac Herzog hosted a second day of talks at his residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 29, meeting with representatives of non-coalition factions in an attempt to find a compromise regarding the government’s judicial reform plan.

The president called for the negotiations


Gallant’s Firing Yet to Be Finalized

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not yet finalized the firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and could roll back the move given simmering opposition to it within his coalition.

As of Tuesday morning, March 28, Netanyahu had not sent Gallant a required letter giving the defense


New Law Allows Israeli Hospitals To Ban Chametz During Passover

(JNS) The Knesset plenum on Tuesday, March 28 passed into law a bill to allow hospitals to ban chametz during Pesach.

Forty-eight Knesset members voted in favor and 43 voted against the proposal that is intended to reverse a Supreme Court ruling from April 2020 according to which hospitals could not


Knesset OKs First Reading Of 2023-24 State Budget

(JNS) The Knesset plenum on Tuesday, March 28 approved the first reading of the state budget for 2023 and 2024.

The $171 billion (NIS 611 billion) 2023 budget advanced in a 40-32 vote. The 2024 budget, at a proposed cost of some $184 billion (NIS 654 billion), passed the initial vote 41-32.

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