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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.

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews gather in Jerusalem for Sigd

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews gathered in Jerusalem Thursday to celebrate the festival of Sigd, marking the community’s centuries-old aspirations to return to the holy city. On a sunny, warm winter’s day, busloads of people came from all over the country to participate in ancient prayers led by the kessim, the religious leaders of the community, … Read More

Netanyahu praises work of IDF rescue team in Mexico

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday spoke with the head of the Israeli rescue delegation in Mexico, hours after the country was struck by a second earthquake. In his phone call with David Mizrachi, the head of the IDF mission, Netanyahu wished the soldiers a happy Jewish new year and said they were doing a … Read More

IDF emergency team arrives to help quake-stricken Mexico

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An IDF Home Front Command team arrives in Mexico to assist following the devastating earthquake that hit the country, September 21, 2017. (IDF spokesperson) An IDF emergency team from the Home Front Command arrived Thursday in Mexico, where they will begin providing assistance after the Central American nation was hit by a powerful earthquake that has … Read More

Ancient Hebrew Seals From Judean Kingdom Unearthed in Jerusalem Excavations

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A collection of First Temple-period seals has been discovered during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David. Several of the seals are emblazoned with Hebrew inscriptions, and dozens of the ancient seals reference the names of officials from the Judean kingdom who lived before the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, including “Pinchas” and “Achiav ben Menachem.” The … Read More

Israel Approves ‘Gospel Trail’ Cable Car to Enhance Christian Tourism

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved the construction of the “Gospel Trail” cable car that, when completed, will run between Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor in order to enhance access to Christian tourist sites in the area. The project in Israel’s northern region is a collaborative effort between Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv … Read More

Israeli rescue team ready to provide Mexico earthquake aid

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Israel-based international aid agency iAID’s Search & Rescue team have prepared their specialist equipment and are ready to fly to areas of Mexico affected by Thursday night’s powerful earthquake. The earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck late on Thursday near Mexico’s southern coastline, killing at least twenty-six people, triggering small tsunami waves and causing damage to … Read More

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Says Her Holocaust Survivor Grandfather Helped Her Relate to the Values ‘Wonder Woman’ Stands For

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Israeli actress Gal Gadot had an easy time relating to what Wonder Woman — the superhero she plays on the big screen — stands for because of what her late Holocaust survivor grandfather taught her, she told Rolling Stone magazine in its latest issue. Gadot’s grandfather was 13 when Nazis invaded his native country of Czechoslovakia. … Read More

Israeli doctors return smiles to African children’s faces

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It’s an operation that only takes one hour, but it allows hundreds of children to face the future with a smile. That’s the contribution of two plastic surgeons from the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, who recently returned from Africa where they were on a mission to correct facial deformities in local children. Doctors Omri … Read More

Homeless at 14, she’s saving youth from the same fate

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On and off for nearly two years, she lived on the streets of Boston. She slept on benches and survived on food she found in the garbage. “Being homeless as a teenager, you understand that nobody can protect you,” she said. “You have to protect yourself.” Ultimately, Ben Yosef got her life on track. She … Read More