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

Mikulski Support Hands Iran Deal Victory to Obama

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Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) announced her support Wednesday for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mikulski’s support for the deal brings the number of senators in favor to 34. That’s the number of votes that President Barack Obama needs to sustain a veto. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass… Read More

Tourism to Israel Is Down, but Optimism Abounds Despite decline in visitors, experts remain positive about country’s tourist offerings

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Senior reporter Marc Shapiro recently traveled to Israel as part of a Jewish press trip that was sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The weeklong trip, from July 22 to 28, allowed Shapiro and seven other journalists to travel throughout the country to Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and more. The following articles… Read More

What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes

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Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Museum on the Seam: Not Your Average Art Venue Jerusalem sociopolitical art museum in danger of shutting down

A banner declaring “The Revolution Is Not Over” greets museum visitors. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When people think of Jerusalem, biblical history comes to mind: the Western Wall, the Old City and other sacred relics of the past. But situated in a modest building on the borders of Mea Shearim, Musara and East Jerusalem is what one might call an anomaly for Jerusalem, a contemporary art museum with alluring and… Read More