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.

After Gaza rocket fire, Indians tweet #IndiaWithIsrael in show of support

Thursday, November 14, 2019

After a day of rocket fire from Gaza, the top three hashtags trending on Twitter in India are #IsraelUnderFire, #IsraelUnderAttack and #IndiaWithIsrael. Throughout the day, people across the globe posted on social media about the rising tensions between Israel and Gaza. However, Israel-related hashtags were mainly trending within Israel. India was the exception, with its … Read More

Israeli schools, stores to start reopening after day-long shut down

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Home Front Command announced that schools in Yarkon, Gush Dan and Shfela will be open on November 13. The Ministry of Education later confirmed the Home Front Command’s statement. Additionally, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Givatayim municipalities announced that their schools would re-open on Wednesday. However, schools in buildings without proper security infrastructure will … Read More

First-ever medical school opens in West Bank, in Ariel, for students everywhere

Monday, November 11, 2019

(November 8, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the opening last week of the first medical school in Samaria. “A new medical school opens in Samaria,” he said at the opening ceremony on Oct. 31. “It’s worth saying again—a new medical school was opened in Samaria. How many people have ever … Read More

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