‘An Obligation’ How Israeli volunteers in Europe are helping Syrian refugees

Dr. Tali Shaltiel explains to a group of Afghans how to get to the refugee 
registration center some 40 miles away. (Gavin Rabinowitz)

LESBOS, Greece — As the small rubber dinghy crowded with Syrians and Afghans emerged from the midnight-black sea to land on a desolate pebble beach, the first people to greet the bewildered and frightened refugees were two Israelis. “Does anyone need a doctor?”Majeda Kardosh, 27, a nurse from Nazareth, shouted repeatedly in Arabic as the… Read More

Why Israelis are ditching Turkey for Georgia

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TBILISI, Georgia — Rabbi Rakhmim Murdukhashvili had come to think of a crowded synagogue as a distant childhood memory. In 1979, the year he was born, the Jewish population of Georgia was more than 28,000. But during his lifetime the Jewish population has dwindled to just 4,000 as the republic coped with war and instability… Read More

Strange Bedfellows Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, British Jewry may need to make up

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Jeremy Corbyn, the new head of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, has many of the makings of a hero for British Jews. A Labor lawmaker with over 30 years of experience, Corbyn passionately and eloquently defends blue-collar Britain, multiculturalism and a left-of-center notion of social justice. These are issues that resonate with Britain’s 250,000-strong Jewish community,… Read More

Technology and Tikkun Olam: In health and medicine, Israel paves the way

A new app — LifeCompass — records incidents and alerts nearby medics and guides them to the scene. (Provided)

Decades have passed since Israelis invented a modernized drip irrigation to maximize limited water supply and make desert bloom, yet Israeli curiosity, drive and ingenuity toward excellence continues to thrive. Israelis are determined to lead in solving some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges. Working on the precepts of tikkun olam, Israel persists at the… Read More

Colel Chabad Helps Those in Need in Israel

Colel Chabad will provide holiday meals for more than 18,000 families this month. (Provided)

For Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest continuously running social services organization, the Jewish month of Tishrei that includes many holy days is one of the busiest times of year. More than 18,000 families, including 2,500 families of widows and children, will receive boxes of dry goods, vegetables and vouchers for chicken, delivered to their doors from… Read More

Wishful Thinking Will Obama, Netanyahu reconcile next year?

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WASHINGTON — Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away. In the contemplative spirit of the Days of Awe, we canvassed the experts to recommend… Read More

Cardin Will Oppose Iran Deal

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On Friday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. The junior senator from Maryland wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, “This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to… Read More

‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ Obama takes Iran pitch directly to Jewish community

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In an address to American Jews on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United States’ options in case of violations. “This deal blocks every way, every pathway Iran might take to obtain a nuclear weapon,”… Read More