Articles written by Renee Ghert-zand

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If an alien spacecraft landed in Dr. Avi Loeb’s backyard tomorrow, he would readily step on, leave his family behind and take off to discover the great beyond. Obviously, he’d be giving up a lot, but it’s for an essential cause, he says: Human...


Israeli food rescue group adjusts approach to meet growing needs in the COVID era

When Israel came to a standstill in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, shops, restaurants and offices shut down as part of a nationwide lockdown. But for Israel's hungry, there was no...


Record-breaking aliyah from North America projected for 2021, with 5,000 expected to make the Israel move

Leah and Yehuda Smolarcik are moving to Israel from Chicago with their four children this summer. The challenges over the past year and a half of COVID convinced them not to put off reaching for...

 By Renee Ghert-Zand    News    July 2, 2021

There's a new test for cancer risks from a longtime Jewish genetic screening program

After discovering a suspicious lump in her breast one day while in the shower, Abby Match was diagnosed in August with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She subsequently underwent a bilateral...


Interest in immigrating to Israel from US soars despite pandemic-era challenges

When Aaron Feinblatt moved to Israel in late February 2020, just as the first signs of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak were emerging, only one person wore a mask on his aliyah flight. Feinblatt...


This Jewish teen created a daily news digest, The Cramm, read by millions worldwide

Unlike most teenagers, Olivia Seltzer doesn’t like to sleep in. She wakes up most days at 5 a.m. to scan the internet and write The Cramm, a newsletter with the latest national and international n...


Creator of 'BoJack Horseman' comes from a home of funny Jews

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)-While growing up in Palo Alto, Raphael Bob-Waksberg was a serious consumer of popular culture. He would watch TV for hours on end and... Full story

 By Renee Ghert-Zand    News    June 15, 2018

Four years after 3 Israeli yeshiva boys were kidnapped and killed, their families find a new normal

JERUSALEM-It's easy to spot Iris Yifrach as she walks through the crowds in a packed shopping mall in central Israel. And it's not just because she's wearing a bright yellow blouse and matching... Full story


How an Oregon-born immigrant to Israel found a job giving tours of Hamas tunnels

TEL AVIV-Capt. Libby Weiss spent most of the summer of 2014 in a Hamas tunnel, and she wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. Israel's military captured the tunnel, which extended from Gaza into... Full story


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