The Smiling Soldiers Project

By Michele Justic Israeli soldiers—they’re just like us. Buying a soda, walking with friends on the street, visiting their parents. Many media outlets paint a darker picture, tinged with anti-Semitism...

Why Is There a Lincoln Street in Jerusalem?

By Gedaliah Borvick I love the streets of Jerusalem whose inspiring names bring thousands of years of Jewish history to life. And yet, one of my favorite streets in central...

10 Heartwarming Jewish Stories From 2020

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — There’s no sugarcoating it: 2020 was a difficult, trying, tragic year. But just because COVID-19 dominated the headlines and our personal lives, that doesn’t mean there weren’t...

More Than 250 New Immigrants From ‘Lost Tribe’ Arrive in Israel

Immigrants from the Jewish “lost tribe” of Bnei Menashe landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport this week to build a new life in Israel. Hailing from northeast India, the Bnei Menashe...

Bahraini, UAE Representatives Attend Hanukkah Ceremony at Kotel

A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took part in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Monday night. Speaking at the event, Western Wall Rabbi...

Small Synagogues Discuss Returning to Full Operations

Responding to the challenges that many smaller Orthodox Jewish shuls are experiencing in engaging and growing their communities during the pandemic, the Orthodox Union’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick...

Siberian Synagogue Has 10-Foot Menorah Made of Ice

  BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — A synagogue in Tomsk, a Siberian city in Russia, has unveiled a giant Hanukkah menorah made of ice. The 10-foot menorah was erected Tuesday inside the synagogue...

Jared, Ivanka Buy Large Estate on Elite Miami Island

BY BEN SALES (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump may be moving to Florida after President Donald Trump leaves office, if the couple’s real estate acquisitions are any indication. Kushner and...

Israeli Advocate for Disability Rights to Serve on UN Committee

JNS.org – Following an international diplomatic campaign, Odelia Fitoussi was elected on Monday to represent Israel on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Fitoussi, 43,...

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Plays Matchmaker on Singles Day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry took on the role of the “shadchan,” or traditional Jewish matchmaker, on Wednesday, offering to help set up social media users in honor...
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