Saturday, October 21, 2017

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State Dept. Criticized for Omitting Trump’s Travel Plans to Israel in Saudi Embassy Tweet

(JNS.org) The U.S. State Department was criticized Monday for a tweet by its embassy in Saudi Arabia that omitted President Donald Trump’s plan to visit Israel later this month, following his stop in Saudi Arabia.

The tweet, which was sent out by the Arabic-language Twitter handle @USAinKSA,

Israel’s First ‘Smart’ Hiking Trail to Be Completed by Spring 2018

(JNS.org) An initiative dubbed the “Sanhedrin Trail,” launched by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in cooperation with Israel’s National Religious Education Administration, will see the construction of Israel’s first “smart” hiking trail completed by the spring of 2018.

Abbas Says He Is Ready to Meet With Netanyahu ‘to Make Peace’

(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he is ready to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of President Donald Trump’s renewed peace efforts.

“We affirmed to [Trump] that we are ready to cooperate with him and meet the Israeli prime

From Caves to Shaves: the Lag Ba’Omer Top 10

Lag Ba’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays—though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following Passover are suddenly clean-shaven again.

But understanding the holiday’s true meaning requires traveling back in time 2,000 years,

White House Holds First-Ever Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Last week, the White House held its first-ever celebration and commemoration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. On the occasion of Israel’s 69th birthday, Vice President Mike Pence gave a stirring speech; Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, took attendees on an emotional trip down memory lane; and Israel

Secret Rooftop Garden in Israel Produces Soap While Promoting Inclusion

On a rooftop in the middle of a bustling Bat Yam neighborhood, a green oasis thrives, a vibrant hydroponic garden responsible for producing the highest quality natural soaps and oils in Israel. This meticulously maintained collection of herbs and spices is not cared for by the employees of a major Israeli

IDF Soldiers Celebrate Independence Day With Young Adults With Special Needs

Yom Ha’aztmaut (Israel Independence Day) has brought together two very different sectors of Israeli society to celebrate the country’s 69th anniversary. Thirty Israel Defense Forces soldiers visited Seeach Sod’s adult vocational center in Jerusalem, just ahead of the annual celebrations. It was a unique and off-beat

Trump Vows to ‘Confront Anti-Semitism,’ Earns Praise From Jewish Leaders

(JNS.org) President Donald Trump vowed to “confront anti-Semitism” and called Holocaust deniers “an accomplice to horrible evil” in a wide-ranging and forceful speech delivered Tuesday at an event marking the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance.

“This is my

Studies: US Anti-Semitic Incidents Surge 86% as Global Anti-Semitism Declines

(JNS.org) New statistics released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday, in the organization’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, show an 86-percent increase in U.S. anti-Semitic incidents during the first quarter of 2017.

During 2016, anti-Semitic incidents increased 34

UN Chief Vows to Combat Anti-Israel Bias and Anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reassured Jewish community leaders Sunday he would oppose any anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.

“As secretary-general of the United Nations, I consider that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” Guterres

BDS Movement Founder Receives Gandhi Peace Award at Yale

(JNS.org) Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the anti-Israel BDS movement, received the Gandhi Peace Award from the Connecticut-based organization Promoting Enduring Peace at Yale University Sunday.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace,

For Israel’s Memorial Day, New Initiative Seeks to Honor ‘Last Descendants’

(JNS.org) Ahead of Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), a new campaign seeks to honor fallen soldiers who may not have any living relatives or friends to do so.

Project GalEd, an initiative started by Michal Serfaty to map out the graves of deceased relatives, has launched a campaign to

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