Israeli Medical Team Leaves Phillipines After Treating More Than 3,000


The Israel Defense Forces emergency medical team left  the Philippines 11 days after arriving there to aid typhoon victims.

The 148-person medical team vacated the IDF’s emergency field hospital in Bogo City on Monday after treating more than 3,000 patients, including 800 children, according to the IDF spokesperson. The team also conducted 52 surgeries and delivered 36 babies.

Lt. Shai Brovender with newborn delivered with help of medical team. Photo courtesy IDF

People With Disabilities Help An IDF Recruit Deepen Her Love Of The Land

Before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, I put a lot of consideration into where I wanted to serve.  I thought about how I would be able to make the most of my abilities and how I could best contribute.  I understood that I would have to do something that I loved and felt connected to. 

Yael Bar with Nina Paul and a group of children with disabilities. Photo courtesy LOTEM - Making Nature Accessible

Opening Homes, And Hearts, To Wounded Warriors

Hope for Heroism program has big payoff for local families and IDF soldiers.
Westchester Correspondent

The six Israelis stood quietly at the front of the classroom while the eighth graders at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale watched a short film depicting the experiences of young Israeli soldiers who had been wounded in combat. The students didn’t flinch from the often-graphic imagery of violent ambushes by Hamas or Hezbollah, or hospital scenes showing doctors’ efforts to stitch them back together.

IDF soldiers visit Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.  “It’s an incredible two-way street.” Merri Rosenberg

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.


As Israelis Mob Gas Mask Distribution Centers, Army Urges Calm


Daniela Hayoum arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. and took a number.

The line of people waiting for gas masks was long and Hayoum stepped away to run errands. She returned in the afternoon to find hundreds of Israelis crowding under a hot sun on the building’s wide steps, some holding umbrellas and others food.

After Rocket Fire From Lebanon, Israeli Planes Strike Near Beirut


Israel Air Force bombers launched a pinpoint strike near Beirut in response to rocket fire.

From Williamsburg To Bushwick

Raised Neturei Karta, Sara Erenthal served in the IDF and journeyed to India before discovering she was an artist.
Jewish Week Book Critic

At a close look, what appears to be a tear on the cheek of one of Sara Erenthal’s painted portraits is actually a hole in the wooden board the piece is painted on. The painting is one in a series called “Out of the Drawer” — the boards were pulled from a drawer she found on the street.

From Sara Erenthal's series, "A Window Into My Life."

Proposal By Text: How Rotem, IDF Vet With A Brain Injury, Won Shelly

It was no ordinary marriage proposal. Rotem Langer is a 31-year-old disabled veteran of the Israeli army whose speech was affected by his injuries. “Sometimes I forget words,” says Rotem. “I didn’t want that to happen when I proposed to Shelly.”

Rotem and Shelly

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover



The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

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