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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.

International Space Station makes rare visit to Holy Land’s skies

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The International Space Station has been spotted over Israeli skies and will reappear for another 10 days. The flyby took place overnight on Friday and Saturday, where a bright dot that astronomers confirmed was the ISS streaked across the Jerusalem night sky. It was seen over the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Follow Israel … Read More

From green to black: Incendiary balloons leave Israeli farmers with heavy hearts

Friday, September 13, 2019

The hot summer days are especially tense for farmers living in the Israeli towns around the Gaza Strip. The cause of their troubles: incendiary balloons. These devices, launched from Gaza, have been drifting over the border since the situation escalated almost two years ago. These airborne incendiary devices often land on farmers’ fields, which catch … Read More

Israeli, Jewish organizations provide disaster relief to storm-stricken Bahamas

Thursday, September 5, 2019

(September 4, 2019 / JNS) Several Jewish and Israeli humanitarian aid groups are providing aid or relief teams to the Bahamas following the catastrophic devastation unleashed by Hurricane Dorian. The storm struck the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 storm on Sunday with wind gusts up to 220 mile per hour and a 23-foot storm … Read More

Israel sends group to help Brazil battle Amazon fires

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Eleven-member team of firefighters and rescuers to assist local authorities with search-and-rescue operations as Bolsonaro feuds with Europe on environmental issues. Israel announced Tuesday it was sending a delegation of experts on natural disasters to help Brazil combat the fires ravaging its Amazon basin. “An Israeli delegation of firefighters and rescue experts is leaving for … Read More

Netanyahu offers Brazil help in fighting devastating Amazon fires

Monday, August 26, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke late Sunday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering Israeli assistance in battling the devastating fires burning across the Amazon region that have caused global alarm. Netanyahu’s office said Israel would send a shipment of flame-retarding chemicals and noted that the prime minister had praised Bolsonaro for his decision to send … Read More

Amazon tests waters in Israel with website to attract local sellers

Thursday, August 22, 2019

E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched a Hebrew-language website to recruit local Israeli companies to sell their products via Amazon.com, the latest step toward launching a local business in the country. Sites such as Amazon have become increasingly popular in Israel where the cost of living is high, but locals currently have to order from … Read More

Israeli women’s lacrosse teams gives Kenyan opponents brand-new cleats

Monday, August 12, 2019

Israel’s Women’s Lacrosse team has become a worldwide sensation—but not for their performance on the field. When the Israeli team played Kenya in in the 2019 Women’s Lacrosse U19 World Championships in Ontario, Canada last week, the players noticed the Kenyan team did not have cleats but were wearing regular sneakers. The day after team … Read More

Thousands attend funeral of slain IDF soldier Dvir Sorek

Friday, August 9, 2019

Thousands of people on Thursday attended the funeral of a young Israeli soldier found stabbed to death near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. A burial ceremony for 18-year-old Dvir Sorek was held in Ofra, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of where his body was found at dawn, who was remembered by family … Read More

Slain student Dvir Sorek, 19, had a ‘heart of gold,’ teachers say

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dvir Sorek, 19, was reportedly on his way to West Bank from Jerusalem when he was abducted, murdered Israeli student and off-duty soldier Dvir (Yehuda) Sorek, 19, was found dead late Wednesday night at 2 AM near a settlement in the Gush Etzion area, reportedly with stabbing marks over his body. Medical services have confirmed … Read More

Palestinian who saved Jewish kids after terror attack gets Israeli residency

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Tuesday awarded Israeli residency to a Palestinian man who saved the children of a West Bank rabbi in the aftermath of the deadly terror attack in which the father was killed. Rabbi Miki Mark was murdered in a July 1, 2016, shooting. His wife, Chava, was seriously injured, and their … Read More