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Despite enduring decades of overwhelming challenges and tragedies, Israeli society is remarkably hopeful, resilient and compassionate. This tiny nation, founded by Holocaust survivors and refugees from around the world, never hesitates to extend its help and knowledge to other people and countries in need. The Jewish principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through personal and national acts of generosity, love and moral leadership is why Israel will always serve as a light unto the nations.

Jerusalem Orchestra Members Perform Virtual Concert From Homes in Israel, New York

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Jerusalem Orchestra East & West did a virtual performance last week to help lift spirits amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Cohen, the orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor, and the 35 musicians he worked with recorded a new original piece called “Darbuka la Corona” from their homes in Israel and New York. The almost … Read More

Bus driver who was Israel’s first serious virus patient makes full recovery

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A bus driver from East Jerusalem who was hospitalized on March 5, and attached to a respirator after he contracted the coronavirus, on Monday was released from hospital, after recovering. “It’s been a very difficult month, the hardest month of my life,” the man, who has been identified only as Johnny said on his discharge … Read More

Half a million people take part in mass online prayer against coronavirus

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Half a million people participated in a mass online prayer event staged on various different digital platforms and involving rabbis and participants from around the world, to request divine intervention to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative was promoted by the chief rabbis of Israel rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau along … Read More

Israeli government imposes strict new measures, limits movement to 300 feet

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As of Wednesday, five Israelis have died due to complications stemming from the coronavirus The Israeli government overnight Thursday passed extensive new directives aimed at reducing the infection rate of the novel coronavirus. The measures, passed at 3:30 a.m. following nearly six hours of deliberations according to The Jerusalem Post, will place severe limits on … Read More

Sea of Galilee hits highest water level since 2004; dam opening mulled

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Amid all the bad news about the coronavirus pandemic, Israelis can find some solace in the Sea of Galilee, which is in better shape than it’s been for the past 16 years. According to officials who measure the level of the country’s largest source of freshwater every day, the level was at 209.275 meters (686.6 … Read More

Holocaust survivor becomes Israel’s first coronavirus fatality

Monday, March 23, 2020

An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor suffering from coronavirus reportedly became the first person in Israel to die from the illness. Arie Even, who immigrated to Israel from Hungary in 1949, contracted the virus while staying in an assisted living facility where several of the residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Haaretz. “He was a … Read More

Israel to allow its citizens to visit Saudi Arabia

Monday, January 27, 2020

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Sunday signed an order allowing Israelis to travel to Saudi Arabia. The decision was made in coordination with the security services, the foreign ministry, and the head of national security. Traveling to the Arab country will only be allowed on the grounds of religious worship during the Hajj as well … Read More

Record 4.9 million people visited Israel in 2019, 12% more than 2018

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Israel saw a record number of 4.9 million entries into the country last year, of which 4.6 million were tourists who stayed at least one night, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. The tourism figures for 2019, published Monday, showed an increase of 12 percent in the number of entries compared to … Read More

Report: Israeli economy grew 3.3 percent in 2019

Thursday, January 2, 2020

(December 31, 2019 / JNS) The Israeli economy grew by an estimated 3.3 percent in 2019, higher than forecasted, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, according to a report in the business daily Globes. The GDP growth in 2018 was 3.4 percent. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the budget deficit of … Read More

Israeli exports soared by almost 70% over past decade

Monday, December 30, 2019

Israeli exports of services and goods are forecast to break another annual record in 2019 as full-year revenues climb toward $114 billion, the Foreign Trade Administration said on Monday. The predicted export value represents a 4.5% increase compared to 2018, and some 68% higher than 2009, when Israeli exports totaled approximately $67.7b. Over the past … Read More