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Despite backlash, activists push for Falash Mura to come to Israel
Some 8,000 Falash Mura are waiting to make aliyah from Ethiopia, their immigration previously approved in 2015 by a government decision.
Senior police and public-safety officials boost skills in Israel
A two-week leadership-training program “provides police departments a platform to share and exchange sources of excellence and best practice, learn from valuable experience and improve public safety for the citizens they serve.”
Barkan winery outcry highlights plight of Ethiopian Israelis and last Jews in Ethiopia
The government is holding back their aliyah because of financial and political reasons, says Aaron (A.Y.) Katsof, director of the Heart of Israel.
Focusing on the funding and leadership of IfNotNow
Members push to change the Israeli narrative, including among youth at Jewish summer camp.
Victims of Palestinian terrorism speak out about Israeli government’s ‘pay to slay’ backtracking
“The ‘pay to slay’ law—the idea that someone who goes out and murders Jews is rewarded by the governing authority with money—is by far the most dramatic and obscene example of immorality. It’s the worst possible education there could be and the most morally reprehensible thing that could happen.”
‘Pay to slay’ bill backtracked by head of Netanyahu’s coalition
The Israeli bill intended to discourage the P.A. from paying terrorists, and was previously given authorization by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to go to a final vote in Israel’s Knesset.
IfNotNow accosts Taglit Birthright groups at New York airport
While young people were getting ready for their flights to Israel, they were asked about their knowledge of certain issues and policies, with their answers recorded.
Customizing Holocaust education, and applicable lessons, in America and Europe
The first seminar, which concluded on June 7 in Jackson, Miss., compared the exclusionary policies of Nazi Germany with the Jim Crow laws operating during the same time period in the United States.
Making beautiful food and music as part of Philadelphia Orchestra’s trip to Israel
A group of 60 Federation philanthropists, musicians and a celebrity chef work to bridge differences at home and abroad.
‘Pay to slay’ Knesset bill: ‘The PA will be forced to make a decision’
The bill mandates that the government deduct the amount that the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists from the NIS 8.5 billion (nearly $2.4 billion) per year of taxes that Israel collects for it, which will be then invested into a fund to pay damages to victims of terror.
Big splash at Caesarea Harbor with new Crusader market, upcoming visitor’s center
The project was excavated and reconstructed in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, with the support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. It seeks to develop the area’s beach and public access, and excavate and restore the Caesarea port, bringing 3 million tourists by the year 2030.
Feeling ‘pride’ for Israel, pioneers in LGBTQ community reflect on past and present
Each year, Tel Aviv’s pride parade is the largest such event in Asia and the Middle East, and one of the largest parades in the world. Reflecting on the country’s vibrant LGBTQ community, pioneers of the movement shared with JNS their thoughts on Israel’s past LGBTQ report card as the country has reached various historical milestones.
In Jerusalem, happy ‘horde’ indulges in ‘meta-reflection’ of reality
Throughout the 105 minutes of directed navigation, a voice programmed by the avant-garde theater collective Rimini Protokoll led 50 of us along the streets on an audiovisual journey that started in a cemetery and ended atop a Jerusalem rooftop.
The Chabon speech: Students and rabbis note the disconnect from graduation … and Judaism
One critic of Michael Chabon’s address at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles said that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist “was singing his own literary version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’ The only trouble is John Lennon sang it better.”
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann sees opportunity in interreligious dialogue, BDS challenge in Berkeley
As first Jewish president of Berkeley, California’s Graduate Theological Union, Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, former head of Boston-area’s Hebrew College, plans to implement gradual, but significant change.