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  • 'Strongest weapon' in Israel's arsenal: Faith-based diplomacy

    Maayan Hoffman|Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) - Two dozen Christian parliamentarians wrapped up a visit to Israel on Tuesday with discussions on how to embrace and defend Israel in modern times. The discussions were the culmination of a three-day journey that took them to the Western Wall, key holy sites in Judea and Samaria and face-to-face meetings with the country's top political leaders. The MPs were in Israel through the Israel Allies Foundation, the umbrella organization of more than 50 pro-Israel parliamentary caucuses from...

  • Jewish Federations' Mark Wilf reflects on mission to Poland-Ukraine border to assist refugees

    Mike Wagenheim|Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) - The first organized humanitarian mission of the North American Jewish community for Ukrainians will be far from the last. This past week, a mission organized by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) traveled to the Ukraine-Poland border to visit with refugees and evaluate needs on the ground. The task is overwhelming, but something the Federations are working on in tight coordination with its global partners. "It was an important and eye-opening experience to go. We had...

  • Polio found in Tiberias

    Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) — Remnants of poliovirus were discovered in sewage samples in Tiberias, adding to the growing list of hot spots in the country, Israel’s Ministry of Health said in a statement. A 4-year-old girl from Jerusalem tested positive for the virus earlier this month, marking the country’s first case in more than 30 years. Since then, another child has tested positive and five others, suspected of carrying the virus, are being tested. In all of the above cases, the children were not vaccinated against polio. Last week, the Health Ministry said...


    Apr 1, 2022

    Jim Rosenblum, of Ocoee, Fla., died unexpectedly on Jan. 22, 2022, from complications of cancer and chemotherapy, at the age of 73. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1948, to Earl and Liese (Grad) Rosenblum, Jim was raised in Lexington, Mass. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1970, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and French, and attained his Master of Arts degree in Music Composition from the City University of New York in 1972. Jim's love of adventure and music took him to Pari...

  • Obituary - MARLA LYNN SINERT

    Apr 1, 2022

    An avid traveler, Marla Lynn Sinert, passed away just five weeks after returning from a trip to the Azores. With her husband of 45 years, Merrill, and daughter Molly by her side, Marla, 66, departed this life peacefully after a brief unexpected battle with cancer on March 25, 2022. Marla was a lighthearted and kind wife, mother, sister and daughter. She loved her "Grand Pups" and was a friend to all animals. She often wore colorful tie-dye, which matched her bright personality. She found great...

  • The Russia-Ukraine war has Blinken stuck between the personal and the political

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 1, 2022

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited his family’s Holocaust-era history in explaining a matter of U.S. foreign policy on Monday, it was far from the first time he has done so. “One of my responsibilities as Secretary is determining, on behalf of the United States, whether atrocities have been committed,” Blinken, who is Jewish, said Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he announced that the Biden administration had determined that the Burmese military had committed genocide against the Rohingy...

  • UN Human Rights Council report accuses Israel of apartheid

    Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) — A report by U.N. Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council accused Israel of apartheid. “The Special Rapporteur recommends that the international community accepts and adopts the findings … that apartheid is being practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory and beyond,” he wrote. Lynk, whose official title is “Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967” will formally release the report on Thursday ahead of a Human Rights Coun...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Apr 1, 2022

    Netflix to produce a ‘Jewish Matchmaking’ series By Caleb Guedes-Reed (JTA) — Matchmaker, matchmaker — are you going on Netflix? The streaming giant announced a new “Jewish Matchmaking” series on Thursday, modeled after its hit “Indian Matchmaking.” Details are scant, and there is no premiere date, but Netflix’s companion site Tudum says it will feature “singles in the US and Israel as they turn their dating life over to a top Jewish matchmaker.” “Will using the traditional practice of shidduch help them find their soulmate in today’s wor...

  • NGO Monitor report debunks Israel apartheid claims, places Amnesty International 'on the defensive'

    Israel Kasnett|Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) — A new report by NGO Monitor debunks the accusation of apartheid against Israel and assesses whether apartheid, as previously defined, is applicable to Israel and territories under its military administration. This new report, titled “Neo-Orientalism: Deconstructing Claims of Apartheid in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” and written by legal expert Joshua Kern, and legal adviser and U.N. representative for NGO Monitor Anne Herzberg, expands on a previous report published in December that sought to rectify the lack of a coherent and l...

  • Resolution endorsing boycott of Israel

    Andrew Lapin|Apr 1, 2022

    (JTA) — An international academic organization devoted to study of the Arab world and Israel has voted to endorse boycotting Israel. Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted 768-167 in favor of a resolution “endorsing the Palestinian call for solidarity in the form of boycotts, divestment and sanctions,” known as BDS. The resolution also calls for an “academic boycott” of Israeli institutions, including universities — a term that BDS proponents typically define as severing all formal ties with the institutions. But the association...

  • The man behind Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp - which connects fans with their rock heroes - is a Modern Orthodox zayde

    Aviva Engel|Apr 1, 2022

    (JTA) - Few Jewish grandfathers are still riding a motorcycle at age 65. Even fewer can boast that they have Alice Cooper's number on speed-dial. Of course, David Fishof is no ordinary zayde. The 65-year-old L.A. sports agent and entertainment producer built a storied career promoting such stars as The Monkees and Ringo Starr and NFL greats Phil Simms and Vince Ferragamo. It's the stuff of any teen fanboy's fantasies, but Fishof insists he's an ordinary guy. "I'm a legend in my own mind," he...

  • Art mural pays homage to 'Righteous Among Nations' heroes in Greece

    Apr 1, 2022

    (JNS) - A new street mural in Greece honors two non-Jewish Greek citizens recognized by Yad Vashem as "Righteous Among the Nations" for saving Jews during the Holocaust. The art display in the city of Patras pays tribute to the late Zakynthos Mayor Lucas Carrer and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Dimitrios Chrysostomos, who together protected Jewish residents on the Greek island of Zakynthos after the Nazis occupied the territory in 1943. The project was an initiative of Artists 4 Israel in partners...