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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.
‘Out of the blue,’ regal biblical color ‘tekhelet’ returns to modern Israel
A new exhibit exploring the mysterious color “tekhelet,” a vibrant blue dye mentioned 49 times in the Torah and later chosen as the central color of Israel’s national flag, opened this week at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem.
A dose of innovation in security and medical technology at Rambam Hospital
Rambam is the only Level 1 trauma center in Israel’s north, serving more than 2 million Israelis, in addition to Palestinians and Syrians critically injured in the nearby war-weary country.
Jewish population report in West Bank raises critical questions regarding two-state paradigm
Based on the trends of the last five years, it is projected that the number of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria will grow to 491,025 in 2020, 723,633 in 2030 and will surpass 1 million in 2039.
GOP candidate for US Senate visits Israel, challenges positions held by New York incumbent
New York challenger Chele Farley differentiates herself from incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand when it comes to certain positions regarding Israel and the Jewish community.
Jewish Federation of Durham responds to criticism with national implications for hiring decisions
Since receiving critiques on a lack of transparency as to the Jewish Federation’s policies on employees, the Federation noted that while it does not support JVP, it chooses to “embrace pluralism and welcome diverse beliefs and opinions within the community.”
American and Israeli delegates celebrate historic relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem
Knesset member Zeev Elkin looked forward to the international community recognizing Jerusalem as the Jewish capital, and to those who do not, he said: “My answer to these voices saying there is no Jewish connection here is obvious—read the Bible. Look at the archaeological evidence. If we believe in truth, the truth will win.”
Israelis respond to Trump, U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem
Some are for and against individual policies made by the U.S. president, but most seem satisfied that Jerusalem is being recognized as Israel’s capital.
Multimillion-dollar building for Christian visitors planned near new US embassy
The building project on Chanoch Albeck Street—called the Global Fellowship House—will likely take about three years to complete, and is sandwiched in between the Western Wall in Jerusalem and nearby Bethlehem.