Wishing you ‘good news’ this year

Dear JNS.org readers,

As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the year 5775 comes to a close on the Jewish calendar, it's easy to get caught up in the hubbub of some of the news stories that consume us. The Iran nuclear deal. Anti-Semitism in Europe and on U.S. college campusesThe 2016 presidential raceThe Israeli-Palestinian conflictThe bloody civil war in Syria.

Often forgotten amid the chaos is what you might consider "good news."

Pro-Israel students are fighting back on campusU.S. states are formally opposing the movement to boycott Israel

Alan Gross, the former American Jewish prisoner in Cuba, during his flight back to the U.S. Credit: White House.

Members of the Beavers family (pictured) of Columbus, Ohio, were among the 221 new immigrants arriving on a charter flight to Israel in July. Credit: Shahar Azran.

Comedy and baseball are both doing their part to heal Jewish-Arab tension.

Jews from around the world are discovering their roots through genealogy research.

Jewish education is alive and well in the former Soviet Union.

And yes, they're even trying to send a Torah to the Moon.

The wonderful thing is that what constitutes "good news" is personal and in the eye of the beholder. How about bringing a "good" news story to the discussion at your holiday meal this Rosh Hashanah? What about calling some people in your life to tell them how their "good news" affected your past year for the better?

In 5776, JNS.org will continue to report it all—the good, the bad, the inspirational, the disheartening, the clear-cut, the complex. But upon the arrival of this Jewish New Year, our wish to you is that you both read and experience the "good news"—whatever you deem that to be—in abundance. For any "bad news" that comes up, we hope you channel the inner strength to cope with it, gain perspective on it, and even find inspiration from it.

Through it all, we hope to make your inbox just a little more interesting. Let's work together to tell the evolving Jewish story.

Shana Tova,

Jacob Kamaras, Managing Director and Editor in Chief, JNS.org

Posted on September 10, 2015 .