Other Side of the Bench: The Conventional Catskills

  It was extremely weird yet incredibly nostalgic. We don’t go away often for Shabbos, and when we do it’s for a family simcha or perhaps a celebratory weekend of...

Ukraine, Israel, Urge Uman Pilgrims to Stay Home for Rosh Hashanah

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ukraine’s interior minister said his country will implement a ban on the convergence of foreign pilgrims at Uman for the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage as a coronavirus...

Report: Israel Reopens Its Skies With Restrictions

JNS.org – Israel on Sunday partially reopened its skies to incoming and outgoing flights, following months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a plan published by the Israeli...

OU Offers Guide for Kosher Food and Travel

  With an expected surge in domestic travel this summer due to COVID-19, Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher, the world’s largest kosher certification agency, has launched a free online kosher food...

Nearly 200 Previously Stranded Israelis Head Home From Central America

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 200 Israelis stranded in several Central American countries because of the coronavirus are going home. A special El Al flight left from Panama City on...

Cancellation of Birthright, Jewish Agency Trips Cost Israeli Economy $200 Million

CTech – Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, Israel is expected to lose two-thirds of the $300 million annual income brought in by its heritage tourism industry. This sum...

Budding Jewish Tourism in Europe Under Threat From COVID-19

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Earlier this year, Dani Rotstein was earning a living doing something he’s passionate about: promoting the forgotten Jewish heritage of Mallorca. A New Jersey native who...

Six Year Old Discovers Ancient Tablet During Trip in Southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A six-year-old Israeli boy discovered a 3,500-year-old tablet during a visit to the site of an archaeological site in the Negev desert. Imri Elya from Kibbutz Nirim...

Fleishigs Magazine Previews Shavuos Issue

Get excited, the Fleishigs magazine May-June issue is here! And with the COVID-19 reality presenting challenges for all of us the last few months, we decided to revamp this...

Delta to Resume Flights to Israel in June

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Delta Airlines will resume flights between New York and Israel next month, with face masks mandatory for staff and travelers. The flights will be “less than...
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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