Friday, May 20, 2022


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


At a Viennese Table With Ukrainian Jews

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week in Vienna as part of Yeshiva University’s emergency humanitarian mission to aid the Ukrainian refugees there. The trip was moving and thought provoking, and, I think, worth talking about. In that vein, I think it’s worth sharing an idea that I heard from my grandfather, Rabbi Simcha Krauss,


Israeli Diplomats Work Feverishly To Tend to Those Affected by Ukraine Crisis

In an area of the world where being a Jew once meant peril, it now can save your life.

“My grandmother was a pediatric doctor, and then she took a second specialty of cardiology, and she was working in practice as department head in a hospital. But she did not get the title of the position


United With Ukraine

For some time now, Ukraine has been on the minds and hopefully in the hearts of a good many of us. For many of our Eastern European ancestors, Ukrainian as a language, was on the tips of their tongues. It is virtually impossible for a people to live in a foreign country, without words of that country finding their way into one’s mother tongue. And so, it should not


Israeli Nonprofit Develops Ukraine Red Alert System

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, impacting the lives of thousands of men, women and children in horrific ways. People in many countries responded by mobilizing to help and support the people in Ukraine. Bernard Moerdler, who lives in Israel, responded by creating his new project, UASA or


Valley Chabad CTeen Group Raises Funds for Ukrainian Orphan Refugees

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) High school teen leaders from Valley Chabad CTeen group in Woodcliff Lake knew they needed to find a way to help the innocent victims devastated in Ukraine by the terrible war.

In the meeting leading up to the Purim teen party, the group came up with

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