Sunday, January 29, 2023


Netanyahu, Smotrich Make Deal

According to reports, the Religious Zionist Party will receive a ministerial position within the Defense Ministry, although the defense portfolio will remain under the control of Likud.

Religious Zionist Party chairman MK Bezalel Smotrich agreed to back down from his demand to serve as defense minister if his party receives both the Finance Ministry and a


Over 300 Attend Aliyah Events Across North America

Representatives from Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jerusalem Municipality met with future and potential olim who plan to make Jerusalem their home in the coming years.

(Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh) Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael,


Leket Israel Releases Annual Report

The State of Israel is ranked last among OECD countries regarding implementation of food rescue policies.

(Courtesy of Leket) Leket Israel’s Food Waste and Rescue Report, produced in collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and written by BDO, reveals, for the first time,


YU Launches New Mental Health Therapy Center in Israel

Center fills void for English speakers amid mental health pressures such as COVID.

(Courtesy of YU) Filling a critical need for affordable, English-language mental health services in Israel, Yeshiva University (YU), together with Amudim Israel, opened the Jerusalem Therapy Center in late October. Providing professional care for English speakers,


Fotos Hosts Luncheon For Jewish Music Against Antisemitism

 (Courtesy of Fotos) A meeting was held in New York on November 14, with experts in Jewish music and culture attending. Included among them were Dr. Leon Botstein, president of Bard College; Bret Werb of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Dr. Frank Mecklenburg from the Leo Baeck Institute, as well as prominent WQXR radio hosts Elliott Forrest and Fred


Israel Protests FBI Probe

The FBI’s investigation of the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is scandalous; Israel and US need to deal with it through diplomatic channels, says Lapid.

A decision by the FBI to investigate the Israel Defense Forces over the May 11 death of


Irit Wiseman Expands Her Learning at Midreshet Amudim

Through spirited debate and difficult conversation, Irit Wiseman is satiating her intellectual curiosity at Midreshet Amudim. She lives in Teaneck, and graduated from The Idea School in Tenafly. Following her year in Israel, she plans on furthering her academic career at Rutgers University. Her family davens at Shaarei Orah in


NGOs Call on Elon Musk to Fight Growing Antisemitism on Twitter

In a joint letter, 180 NGOs from around the world called on Twitter’s new owner to adopt the widely accepted IHRA definition of antisemitism and act against Jew hatred on the social media platform.

Last week, a coalition of more than 180 civil rights groups and NGOs from the U.S., Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Latin America, France, Belgium, the


IDF Prepares to Raze Home of Terrorist Who Killed Three Israelis Near Ariel

(Times of Israel) The Israeli military early Wednesday morning, November 16, made preparations for the demolition of the home of a Palestinian man who carried out a deadly terror attack near the West Bank settlement city of Ariel a day earlier.


Israel Reprimands Ukraine Ambassador Over UN Vote

(JNS) Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Ukrainian Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk this week to express Jerusalem’s disapproval following Kyiv’s vote in favor of an anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. General Assembly.

The General Assembly Fourth Committee (also known as the Special


Gantz Approves Extension of Samaria Seam-Line Security Barrier

(JNS) Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved a Defense Ministry plan to extend the seam-line security barrier bordering northern Samaria by 50 kilometers (31 miles).

According to the Defense Ministry plan, 50 kilometers of the barrier will comprise a wall featuring technological security systems,


Current, Former US Ambassadors To Lead March of the Living In Bipartisan Statement Against Antisemitism

(JNS) The current and immediate past U.S. ambassadors to Israel, Tom Nides and David Friedman, will lead the 2023 International March of the Living in what the organization described as a bipartisan commitment to combating antisemitism.

Given that Friedman was part of Donald Trump’s Republican

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