Sharing in their Pain Baltimore Jewish community pours out its heart for Israel in wake of recent violence

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Baltimore’s Jewish community is once again keeping a close watch on the Middle East, this time over a rash of violence in Israel that has killed more than 40 Israelis and Palestinians through a series of stabbings and shootings. Many Jews are concerned about the violence potentially spiraling into a Third Intifada, including Baltimore Jewish… Read More

Netanyahu’s Silent Treatment Prime minister skewers international community during UN address

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In a pointed moment during his 40-minute address to the 70th United Nations General  Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped speaking for 44 seconds,  scanning the room with a stern look on his face, to  underscore his indictment of the international community for its “deafening silence” in the face of Iranian threats against the… Read More

Democrats Block Amendment Linking Iran Deal to Israel, American Prisoners

An amendment that would have linked lifting of sanctions on Iran with the release of American prisoners and public acknowledgement by the Islamic regime of Israel’s right to exist was blocked on Thursday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced the amendment as part of a final push to stop the Iran nuclear deal. Senators voted… 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

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

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

Israel’s Biblical Chef Moshe Basson’s culinary creations draw from the Torah and his multiethnic upbringing

Above: Chef Moshe Basson, known as Israel’s Biblical Chef, speaks with a group of journalists at his restaurant, The Eucalyptus. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

Many people connect to the earth by going on hikes, connect to the Bible by going to synagogue or church and connect with food by eating and cooking it. For Chef Moshe Basson of The Eucalyptus in Jerusalem, all of those pieces come together in his work. From picking his own herbs and vegetables to… Read More

A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Efrat conducts the Pidyon HaBen ceremony for a 
30-day-old first-born son in Efrat, West Bank last month.
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TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More

Obama Gets Candid on Middle East President speaks about Israeli policy, Iran deal at Adas Israel

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Adas Israel Congregation Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama went on the charm offensive last week, declaring publically what his most ardent Jewish Democratic supporters have said he’s expressed privately: a love of the Jewish people and Israel. Speaking before an audience of 1,000 at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., Obama joked about his status as the “first… Read More