What does Jerusalem mean to you?

Tazpit News Agency Staff In light of Jerusalem Day, Tazpit News Agency interviewed tourists and residents in the Old City of Jerusalem to hear what the city means to them. Jerusalem Day or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew marks the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and will be celebrated this year on May 8.

Facebook in talks to buy Waze Israeli navigation app

JTA Wire Service Facebook is in advanced talks to buy the Israeli navigation technology firm Waze. The Israeli business daily Calcalist reported Thursday that a term sheet, under which Facebook would acquire Waze for $800 million to $1 billion, was signed in recent days following six months of negotiations.

Poll: Israelis much more confident in Obama than Palestinians

JTA Wire Service Israelis by a 4-to-1 margin are more confident than Palestinians in how President Obama handles his foreign policy, a poll found. The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found that 61 percent of Israelis “express confidence in the American president to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” as opposed to 15… Read More

With Court Ruling, Majority of Israeli Jews Back Women of the Wall

Support Greatest Among Jewish Israelis Born in America & Europe, College Graduates, Secular May 11, 2013 With recent altercations at the Western Wall and legal rulings on the limits of public prayer there, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University released the results of its latest monthly Peace Index poll on this subject.

First Novel In Hindi On Indian Jews Appears After 52 Years

Sheela Rohekar, the only Jewish writer of the Hindi language, has launched her latest novel, “Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha,” which is her first novel to depict the life of her Bene Israel community in India. The official launch took place on March 30 at the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Academy of Dance and… Read More

Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

JTA Wire Service Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel’s military research said. The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence Research Branch, said Tuesday.

Brewing Up A New Connection To Lag BaOmer

Sit back by the bonfire and pop open a brewski, it’s Lag BaOmer. Since we have been counting the Omer — a biblical measure of barley that was brought as an offering to the Temple — each evening from the second night of Passover, what better way to mark the coming holiday than by downing… Read More

Turkey’s Jews Worship Quietly

As visitors heave open the thick, vault-like metal door to the Neve Shalom Synagogue on a discreet side street in the Galata neighborhood of European Istanbul, a skittish guard confronts them. Guests are shuttled through secure, windowless rooms to an X-ray mac-hine and metal detector. Pockets are emptied and passports surrendered. The guard questions the… Read More

Jewish leaders express shock and condolences after Boston Marathon attack

JNS.org While the aftermath of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon continues to unfold, Jewish leaders in Boston and Israel have expressed shock and sympathy for the victims. Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), told JNS.org, “I’m very shocked; it’s a horrible moment for our community. It’s a… Read More