5 Feel-Good Stories from Israel That Will Echo into the Jewish New Year

The Jewish state has nearly made it through another Jewish year and, as always, there was plenty to kvetch about in 5776. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to take stock and celebrate. Before the shofar blowing begins, here are five Israeli stories from the past year worth trumpeting. Expect them… Read More

Netanyahu’s Friendship with Putin

Russia’s proximity to the Middle East and the presence in Israel of a million-plus Jews from the former Soviet Union, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, make the growing warm relations between Jerusalem and Moscow a welcome occurrence for many citizens of the Jewish state. One of those citizens is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — that… Read More

‘Welcome Home’ Now in Israel, former Baltimore-area residents are living their dream, thanks to Nefesh B’Nefesh

TEL AVIV — At just after 7 a.m. on Aug. 17, their 10-hour ordeal of a flight finally concluded, 233 weary soon-to-be new citizens of Israel staggered off the El Al charter. They couldn’t possibly have imagined what they were in for next. As they walked down the makeshift steps to the Ben Gurion Airport… Read More

UN Obsessed with Israel, MK Yair Lapid Says

Yair Lapid, the Israeli newsman-turned-politician, says the United Nations has an obsession with Israel. “We tell them, you know what is going on in Israel. Israel is a democracy. We have human rights, we have women’s rights, we have gay rights, we are doing everything in our power to prevent the death of innocents in… Read More

How Paris Public Schools Became No-Go Zones for Jews

PARIS (JTA) — Twenty-five years after he graduated from a public high school in the French capital, Stephane Tayar recalls favorably his time in one of the world’s most thorough education systems. As for many other French Jews his age, the state-subsidized upbringing has worked out well for Tayar, a 43-year-old communications and computers specialist. Eloquent but… Read More

Ethiopians Press Their Case for Aliyah

Gezahegen Derebe and Demoz Deboch, Ethiopian Jews in their 20s, came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month hoping to press the Israeli  government into action. They are among 9,000 Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura who are caught in what the Israeli government says is a budget crunch that is preventing them from making aliyah…. Read More

Aly Raisman Wins Silver Medal in Olympic Gymnastics All-Around

Aly Raisman won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around in Rio de Janeiro. The Jewish competitor from Needham, Massachusetts, finished second behind her American teammate Simone Biles on Thursday. Raisman, 22, is the U.S. squad’s captain and was a key part of its gold medal in the team competition two days earlier…. Read More

Aly Raisman Earns Spot in Individual All-Around Finals in Rio

(JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in… Read More

Israelis Debate an International Peacemaking Role

It wasn’t long before a small auditorium in downtown Washington erupted in  debate as Member of Knesset Michael Oren (centrist Kulanu party) and MK Merav Michaeli (center-left Zionist Union) began butting heads over which issues affect how Israelis cast their ballots. “[Oren says] the thing that interests  [Israelis] the least is the peace process,” Michaeli… Read More