Saturday, May 15, 2021


Home at Last: Jonathan Pollard Arrives in Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Jonathan Pollard landed in Israel early Wednesday morning, December 30, one month after his parole restrictions were lifted and five years after he was released from U.S. federal prison after serving 30 years for spying for Israel. He was accompanied on the flight by his wife, Esther. Due to Esther’s


Israel’s President Rivlin: ‘ADI’S Inclusive Village Is a Slice of Godliness’

(Courtesy of ADI) On December 17, 2020, the seventh day of Chanukah, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, the state-of-the-art residential and rehabilitative village in Israel’s south, to light Chanukah candles with the residents—children, adolescents and adults with severe


Israel Leads the Way in Vaccine Rollout

Israel is so far the fastest country in inoculating its population against the novel coronavirus.

Our World in Data, a global, aggregated database on COVID-19, presented a comprehensive picture of the state of COVID-19 inoculations around the world. On a scale of the number of COVID-19


US-Israeli Delegation Makes History in Morocco, Signs Diplomatic and Economic Deals

(JNS) A joint Israeli-American delegation met with senior officials in Morocco this week, as part of a move to normalize relations between Israel and Morocco.

Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, senior adviser to the U.S. president Jared Kushner and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser


Cuomo Orders State Officials To Assist Jewish Day School After Anti-Semitic Hacking

(JNS) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state officials from the Division of Human Rights and the Cyber Incident Response Team to provide assistance to the North Shore Hebrew Academy school community in the wake of a disturbing anti-Semitic hacking attack, which is being investigated by


Concerned Over New COVID-19 Strain, Israel Shuts Skies to Non-Nationals, Preps for Lockdown

(Israel Hayom via JNS and combined sources) At press time, Israel had announced that it would enter into its third lockdown, beginning Sunday at 5 p.m., due to the rise in cases and new COVID-19 strain. Already this week, Israel had decided to ban entry to all non-citizens and require


Israel’s Government Collapses, Forcing Fourth Election in Two Years

(JNS) Israel’s government collapsed this week, forcing the country into yet another election—the fourth in the last two years. The government automatically dissolved on Tuesday, December 22, at midnight after it failed to pass a budget for 2020. The move came after weeks of infighting


Israel Police Investigating Woman’s Murder as Terrorist Attack

(JNS) A mother of six from the settlement of Tal Menashe in northern Samaria was found dead at 2 a.m. on Monday morning, December 21, in a forest near her home, according to police. Esther Hurgan, 52, had gone for a run on Sunday afternoon and when she failed to return, her


European Court of Justice Approves Belgian Kosher Slaughter Ban

(JPost) The European Union Court of Justice has upheld a ban on kosher and halal slaughter in Belgium. In a ruling released last week, the court dismissed arguments by Jewish and Muslim groups that Belgium is infringing on their religious rights by requiring them to stun animals in the


Report: Israeli Submarine Crosses Suez Canal in ‘Message’ to Iran

(Israel Hayom via JNS) An Israeli submarine openly crossed the Suez Canal last week in a show of force against Iran, Kan News 11 reported this week. According to the report, the move was approved by Egypt, which controls the canal.


Israel, US Successfully Test New Features in Key Interceptor

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Israel and the United States have successfully completed live-fire intercept tests of the David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS), the countries announced.

The tests were designed to gauge the ability of the system’s features by simulating cruise and ballistic


KEMACH Empowers Charedim in the Israeli Workplace

There is a very high rate of unemployment in charedi society in Israel. Government figures in 2003 indicated that only 33% of charedi men were participating in the workforce. In 2007 three well regarded Jewish philanthropists—Leo Noe of London, Aaron Wolfson of Lawrence, and Eli Horn of Sao