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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.

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

Israel lets Gaza workers enter in bid to reduce tension

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively revoked thousands of work-permits when it joined Egypt in imposing a crippling … Read More

Danon: Improving Gaza connected to needs of Israeli prisoners’ families

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on Thursday that improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza should relate to the humanitarian needs of the families of Israelis held prisoner by Hamas. “The humanitarian deterioration in the Gaza Strip is a clear result of the Hamas regime’s control over … Read More

Year 5780: World leaders wish Jews a happy new year

Monday, September 30, 2019

An Indian Jew blows a ‘Shofar’, a musical instrument used in Jewish religious ceremonies made from the horn of a Ram during the ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony during Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish New Year that began Wednesday at sunset, at a dockyard in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. The ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony is a long-standing Jewish … Read More