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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.

Israeli Police Publicly Salute Holocaust Survivors Confined to Their Homes Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Israel Police held a special commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday by saluting outside the homes of elderly survivors. Because of their advancing age, almost all Holocaust survivors in Israel are currently confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Public ceremonies where survivors usually appear have also been canceled or moved … Read More

Locked-Down Tel Avivians Dance on Balconies to Celebrate City’s Birthday

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tel Aviv celebrated its 111th birthday on Tuesday, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis that has ground the city to a halt. “To mark the festive occasion our truck set off to roam the city blasting the city’s unofficial anthem (Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv!) as residents waved from their balconies,” the Tel Aviv municipality … Read More

‘Adopt A Doc’: Israelis Looking Out For Overworked Healthcare Professionals

Friday, April 10, 2020

While hunkering down at home and keeping three young children entertained in coronavirus isolation, Adi Karmon Scope had a thought: How much harder was it for those on the front lines of the pandemic? So Karmon Scope, a 44-year-old startup entrepreneur, took to Facebook to ask Israelis to assist both the health care professionals who … Read More

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