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‘Seinfeld’ will move to Netflix in 2021 By Ben Sales (JTA)—Starting in 2021, Netflix will officially be the master of the “Seinfeld” domain. The iconic “show about nothing,” whose episodes are currently available to stream on Hulu,...

 

Rabbi on ground in battered Bahamas organizes supplies, volunteers for relief efforts

(Chabad.org)—As Hurricane Dorian was unleashing its unimaginable devastation on the Bahamas earlier this week, Rabbi Sholom and Sheera Bluming, co-directors of Chabad of the Bahamas, hunkered down in the capital city of Nassau, making phone...

 

No water, no electricity, and whole families living in cars

(ISRAEL21c)-Michal Bar, head of emergency operations for Israeli humanitarian NGOIsraAID,  doesn't mince her words. "The level of destruction is shocking," she says. "Since we arrived in the Bahamas...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Jewish groups provide emergency help to the Bahamas in wake of Dorian

(JTA)-The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai B'rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, which has...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    September 13, 2019

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit... and make history

(JNS)-"We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!" were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Missiles fired from Lebanon strike Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Lebanon at an Israeli military base and at military vehicles. “There are a number of confirmed hits,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.  It later...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    September 13, 2019

Ahead of Sept. 17 elections, Ayelet Shaked lays out right-wing vision for Israel

(JNS)-While many Israelis might already feel fatigued by the upcoming elections on Sept. 17, former justice minister Ayelet Shaked, who heads the newly formed right-wing Yamina Party, is both making...

 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups, leaders react to news of Greenblatt resignation

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel community leaders and groups reacted to the White House announcement on Thursday that U.S. Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt plans to resign within the coming weeks. “Mr. Greenblatt has played a pivotal role...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Netanyahu says he will extend 'Jewish sovereignty

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will extend “Jewish sovereignty” over all communities in Judea and Samaria. He made the remarks Sunday to the new first graders on the first day of school at a national religious...

 

Oasis of peace

To many, the term “Middle East peace” represents the impossible dream, if not the ultimate contradiction in terms. But there is a place in the region where Jews, Muslims and Christians meet peacefully every day on the basis of shared concerns...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 13, 2019

The New York Times exposé

(JTA)—As of this writing, Israel has not bombed Iran’s nuclear program. But according to an exposé in The New York Times that dropped Wednesday, it could still happen. And nearly did. The 10,000-word story details how close Israel came to...

 

Upcoming Israeli elections-Part II

In case you missed it, Israel will be holding national elections on Sept. 17. Yes, this is the second time this year. Hopefully the outcome will not be a stalemate like last time. Please enjoy this series of articles offering insight to perspectives...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Far-right Alternative for Germany party makes large gains in two state elections By Toby Axelrod (JTA)—The head of Germany’s Jewish community is urging democratic political parties to clearly distance themselves from the right-populist...

 

Facing tensions on multiple fronts, is Israel on the verge of an all-out war?

(JNS)—The big news in Israel is not that Iran attempted to send kamikaze drones into Israeli territory last week or that Israel targeted that terrorist cell in Syria; these are not completely out...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    September 6, 2019

Could Israel's religious parties surge in next round of elections?

(JNS)-As the Sept. 17 elections draw here, a flurry of activity among the various political parties continues to be a game-changer. Israel is holding a second round after the April 9 elections...

 

Pompeo: 'Jerusalem, Israel' on US passports is 'actively being looked at'

(JNS)-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the Trump administration is considering allowing U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list "Jerusalem, Israel" on their U.S. passports....

 

Israel and South Korea forge 'historic' free-trade agreement

(JNS)-Israel and South Korea have concluded three years of negotiations on a free trade agreement, officials announced on Wednesday, paving the way for a major boost in bilateral trade. Israeli Prime...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 30, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli discovered a shared past when they met as Washington interns

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In its 10 years of placing young Palestinian and Israeli leaders with Congress members, no lawmaker asked New Story Leadership for one of each-until Jamie Raskin did. This summer,...

 

Netanyahu honors memories of Ukrainian Jews murdered in 1941 at Babi Yar

(JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attended a memorial ceremony on Monday for the Ukrainian Jews murdered at Babi Yar during World War II. The...

 

Three locals among 200 young professionals from around the world to teach in Israel

Jerusalem, ISRAEL—Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, a Masa initiative in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education, is set to launch its ninth year of programming. Two hundred English-speaking young Jewish professionals will arrive in Israel...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    August 23, 2019

Israeli lawmakers say 2-state solution is 'far more dangerous'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Twenty-one right-wing Israeli lawmakers rebuffed a House bill that endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while rejecting efforts to boycott the Jewish state. In a letter addressed to U.S. Reps. Brad...

 
 By Laura Kelly    News    August 23, 2019

Abbas 'aggressive' in talks with Democrats, rejected overtures to working with US on peace plan

(JNS)-Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas avoided answering whether or not he believes that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state and seemed "aggressive" in talks with U.S. lawmakers...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 23, 2019

Israel has been barring lawmakers of friendly nations for years (just not from the US)

(JTA)—When Israel announced that it would deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the decision struck many as an unprecedented step. But Israel has blocked multiple lawmakers from coming in recent years. The difference this time is that...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

IDF thwarts third infiltration attempt from Gaza in a week (JNS)—Israeli troops on Monday arrested an armed Palestinian man attempting to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces. “A short time ago, IDF s...

 

Netanyahu offers condolences after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio

(JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed his condolences to the American people on Sunday night after back-to-back mass shootings rocked the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,...

 

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