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 By Maayan Hoffman    News    January 21, 2022 

Texas synagogue attacked - hostages freed, gunman killed

(JNS) - "I'm grateful to be alive," wrote Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker on Facebook shortly after he emerged unscathed from his synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, where he...

 

BUSINESS UPDATE: Shop Israeli products through Kemel Inc. distributors

Kevin and Melitza Lugo have a deep love for Israel. So deep that they put “their money where their heart is” and started Kemel Inc. Equipment Sales & Imports in 2019 to become distributors for Ole...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 21, 2022 

'We were terrified': Texas rabbi says he threw a chair at synagogue gun-man to facilitate escape

(JTA) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker has publicly described for the first time the moment he and two other hostages escaped a gunman in his synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday “The last hour or so of the standoff, he wasn’t getting...

 

Major Jewish groups urge Senate to take immediate action to replenish Iron Dome

(JNS) — A dozen major Jewish organizations spanning the religious and political spectrum are urging the U.S. Senate to quickly approve funding for the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. The House of Representatives...

 

Jewish museums team up to create new tool for researching Holocaust victims

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In a boon for scholars and amateur researchers, records from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust authority, are now publicly available through JewishGen, the largest online Jewish genealogy resource of its kind. The...

 

A message from Federation CEO

Our Cherished Community, There are no words for the fear, anger, and despair we felt this Shabbat as the situation in Colleyville, Texas unfolded. In the same way, words cannot describe our relief when all hostages emerged safely. This horrific...

 

Over 10,000 Israelis test positive for COVID

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — A record-breaking number of Israelis tested positive for the coronavirus in the current infection wave, according to Health Ministry data published on Tuesday morning. Of the 197,402 Israelis screened for the virus in the...

 
 By David Isaac    News    January 21, 2022 

Opponents of Israel to push for 'apartheid' designation in 2022

(JNS) — Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned that Israel will face increasing allegations that it is an apartheid state in 2022, with the foreign minister saying that he fears that opponents of Israel will attempt to target...

 

Birthright Israel and Onward Israel merge

NEW YORK & TEL AVIV — Birthright Israel, the largest educational tourism organization in the world, and Onward Israel, the leading provider of mid-length immersive experiences for young adults in Israel, have merged. Combining these two...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    January 21, 2022 

Jewish charities among top funders of Islamophobia, says report by Muslim civil rights group

(JTA) – Charitable foundations with ties to Jewish federations and Jewish families feature prominently in a new report about the flow of tax-deductible donations to organizations that a leading Muslim civil rights lobby has identified as...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 21, 2022 

A marketing firm that works with Jewish groups, Big Duck, has nixed a potential client because of its Israel ties

(JTA) — A marketing firm that has worked extensively with Jewish nonprofits has declined to work with one because of growing concerns among its staff members about groups with “significant programming in Israel.” The Shalom Hartman Institute,...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Ohio GOP Congressman posts Nazi health card in attack on DC vaccine mandate By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Warren Davidson, a Republican Congressman from Ohio, posted a photo of a Nazi-era health pass and compared Washington, D.C.’s vaccine...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 21, 2022 

Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch leads Germany's Jews into an uncertain future

MUNICH (JTA) — Walking alongside two young men around this city’s main synagogue, Charlotte Knobloch looks like a Jewish grandmother enjoying a stroll with her grandsons. Knobloch, the...

 
 By Jewish Press    News    January 14, 2022

Bennett to defy Tu B'Shvat with destruction of trees in Judea

This past Thursday, Jeremy Gimpel, one of the founders of the Arugot Farm near Tekoa in Judea, received notice from the IDF that the vineyard that he and his partners planted on state land five years...

 

COS concert to honor Cantor Robuck

The community is invited to join Congregation Ohev Shalom in honoring Cantor Allan Robuck's 30 years of service and dedication to the synagogue at the COS Gala on Sunday, March 6, 2022. The evening's...

 

Gantz makes concessions to Palestinian Authority with no demands in return

(JNS) — As details emerged from Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Dec. 28 meeting at his private residence in Rosh Ha’ayin with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, many Israelis were left in shock. According to various reports, Gan...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    January 14, 2022

British publisher scraps book that replaced Israel with 'Palestine' in Mideast map

(JNS) — The British publisher of a children’s book about strong Middle Eastern women that included a map of the region with “Palestine” in place of Israel has removed the title from its website after complaints from pro-Israel groups. Author...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    January 14, 2022

Lapid: 'Without peace talks, 2022 will likely see Israel designated apartheid state'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Israeli Foreign Minister on Monday called for a diplomatic dialogue with the Palestinians, citing concerns that otherwise international organizations may designate Israel and apartheid state. In a press briefing, Lapid...

 

Spain and Portugal have naturalized more than 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews since 2015

(JTA) — At least 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews have become citizens of Portugal or Spain since 2015, when those countries passed laws offering a naturalization process for such applicants, according to the most updated information data from...

 

Lebanon faces dim future as Hezbollah holds the country hostage

(JNS) — As Lebanon’s citizens deal with a collapsing economy and a paralyzed government, murmurings of dissatisfaction with Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Beirut, have begun to surface. But experts say it is unrealistic to believe...

 

USC administration's response to antisemitism comes under the microscope

(JNS) — After the University of Southern California was included in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Global Anti-Semitism 2021 Top Ten list, the school responded on Wednesday by condemning both anti-Semitism in all its forms and the threatening...

 

Portugal to digitally process citizenship applications of Jewish descendants

(JNS) — A new procedure through which Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin can apply for Portuguese citizenship is expected to eliminate cumbersome paperwork by going digital. Portugal has taken an active role in fostering Jewish life since 2015,...

 

Josephine Baker visits Israel in 1954 in footage available in the Israel Film Archive.

After US pushback, Israel is reportedly reviewing its close ties with China By Jordyn Haime (JTA) — Israel has pledged to keep the Biden administration in the loop on major deals with China and would reconsider those deals if the United States...

 

Jewish man forbidden from bending his head on Temple Mount

A policeman forbade a Jewish man from lowering his head on the Temple Mount out of apparent concern that he was praying. In the short video clip shown on social media, an ultra-Orthodox man can be...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    January 7, 2022

Aliyah surges during pandemic

(JNS) - Valerie Greenfeld, 58, immigrated to Israel just before Passover 2021 from Washington D.C., amid widespread travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. She began her...

 

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