Knesset Speaker Quits, Refuses to Hold Vote for Successor

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein rejected the High Court of Justice's demand that he hold a vote for his successor on Wednesday and instead resigned and closed the Knesset until Monday. In one...

Former Major League All-Star Joins Israel’s Olympic Team

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ian Kinsler, a four-time Major League Baseball All-Star, has joined Israel’s national team and will play in the Summer Olympics next year in Tokyo. Kinsler, 37, who...

1 Million Israelis Could Be Unemployed by End of Passover

The number of unemployed in Israel has reached 600,000, the Israeli Employment Service announced Tuesday, with thousands losing their jobs as businesses close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Israeli...

Coronavirus Death Toll in Israel Rises to 3

  An 87-year-old man has become Israel’s third coronavirus fatality, the news site N12 reported on Tuesday. Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem stated that the man had been admitted on Monday...

Orthodox Platforms in 2nd, 3rd Spots for WZC Elections

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The two Orthodox lists surged in the U.S. portion of the World Zionist Congress elections amid a record turnout since the balloting began for the entire American...

Israeli COVID-19 Cases Exceed 1,200 – Israel’s Health Ministry confirmed on Monday that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the country had climbed to 1,238, with 24 people being in...

Israel Plans to Rescue Israelis Stranded Abroad by Coronavirus

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Saturday announced the creation of a “national emergency plan” to bring home Israelis stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry said in...

Coronavirus Puts Ethiopian Immigration to Israel on Hold

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — The immigration of some 250 Ethiopian Jews to Israel has been placed on hold because of the coronavirus. The first 50 immigrants had been scheduled to...

Israel Tightens Nationwide Policy to Remain at Home

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a stricter policy to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday of people staying at home, saying that police would enforce restrictions. “Under these orders,...

Israel’s Top Court Hears Challenge to Coronavirus Cyber-Monitoring

Civil liberties activists asked Israel‘s Supreme Court on Thursday to suspend cellphone monitoring put in place under emergency regulations to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Surveillance began this...
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Dear Chana Laya, Although you’re only two years old, I am taking a few minutes during this most hectic Erev Pesach to put pen to...

Shtisels Send Pesach Messages From Their Family to Yours

(JTA) — The cast of the hit Israeli drama “Shtisel,” which has become a worldwide sensation, released a video of Passover greetings from the cast. The video...

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