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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.

NATO recognizes Israel as key medical-assistance partner as it seeks to expand cooperation

Thursday, November 7, 2019

(November 6, 2019 / JNS) NATO has recognized the Israeli Navy as a key medical-assistance partner in the Mediterranean following a drill held last month practicing emergency evacuations of personnel. During the drill, dubbed “Crystal Sea 2020” and held on Oct. 31, NATO vessels from the United Kingdom, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria simulated medical emergencies … Read More

Belgium names first ever Jewish, female prime minister

Thursday, October 31, 2019

  On Sunday, she replaced Charles Michel and will lead an interim government until a coalition is formed. Michel left for a European Union position after his cabinet broke up last year. Both belong to the center-left MR Party. Wilmès’s mother is an Ashkenazi Jew who lost several relatives in the Holocaust. The 44-year-old holds … Read More

Israel-Kazakhstan relations continue to expand and diversify under new president

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Central Asian country, former Soviet republic and Muslim-majority country has a history of strong connections with Israel and supports its local Jewish population. (October 23, 2019 / JNS) Ties between Israel and Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic, continue to be strong and are expanding under new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, according to Israeli ambassador Liat … Read More

Jewish astronaut part of first female spacewalking team

Monday, October 21, 2019

The first-ever female spacewalking team, including a Jewish astronaut, exited the International Space Station on Friday. Swedish-American-Israeli Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are repairing a broken part of the station’s solar-power network. Meir became the fourth Jewish woman and 15th Jewish astronaut overall to be part of a space mission. “@NASA has captured the imaginations … Read More

Israel to send biggest delegation ever to 2020 Olympics

Monday, October 21, 2019

(October 18, 2019 / JNS) Israel is set to send to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo its largest delegation of athletes ever. An estimated 85 athletes will be competing in 18 sports on behalf of the Jewish state. Vered Buskila, vice president of the Olympic Committee of Israel, told the news site NoCamels, “This is … Read More

Gal Gadot to star in film about nun who saved Jewish kids during Holocaust

Monday, October 14, 2019

Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be co-producing and starring in a film about a Polish nun who save thousands of Jewish children during the Holocaust. Gadot, who gained international fame for her performance in “Wonder Woman,” will star as heroine Irena Sendler in the film of the same name, the Deadline website reported Friday. “As … Read More

Golda Meir’s Yom Kippur letter to bereaved families has been discovered

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

JERUSALEM — A letter of condolence to bereaved Israeli families written by then-Prime Minister Golda Meir on the eve of the Yom Kippur War has been discovered. In the years following the establishment of the Jewish state, it was customary for the prime minister to have contact with the families of killed soldiers, including sending … Read More

Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal

Friday, October 4, 2019

Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals. Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, … Read More

With Kurz victory, Israel keeps good friend in Europe – analysis

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

While Jerusalem has not formally reacted to the decisive victory of Sebastian Kurz in Austria’s parliamentary election – likely because the results were announced Sunday, on Rosh Hashanah – there are certainly smiles in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry since Kurz is one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Europe. Kurz, who was … Read More