(JTA) —- The European Commission will give $10 million to help Palestinian families living in the West Bank.
The commission decided to channel funds from its Humanitarian Aid department through nongovernmental and international organizations, including United Nations agencies, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
The funds will be used for emergency job creation and the provision of dry food rations for Palestinians living in the West Bank’s Area C, which is under Israeli control and administration.
It’s an early Christmas present — from the birthplace of Christianity.
Israeli archaeologists this week, a few days before Christmas, announced that they had for the first time discovered the remains of a house in Nazareth that dates back 2,000 years, to the time of Jesus.
Jesus grew up in the city in northern Israel.
The discovery “sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus,” in the early Roman Period, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
Evangelical leader Gordon Robertson has postponed a speaking engagement that was scheduled for this Thursday at an event for Birthright Israel alumni, sponsored by Birthright NEXT and the Jewish Enrichment Center (JEC).
Hazon, the New York-based Jewish environmental organization, is using a yellow school bus to send a green message.
Actually, 11⁄2 yellow school buses.
In a kick-off ceremony last week outside the United Nations, in honor of Jewish Social Action Month, a “Topsy Turvy Bus,” two chassis fused together, began a three-month journey across the country. The biodiesel-fueled bus, staffed by a few Hazon members, will stop at synagogues and Jewish schools and other Jewish institutions between New York and California to deliver its environmental message.
Nearly 300 Jews who died 10 to 20 years ago without money, without mourners at their graveside, without a marker on their grave on Staten Island, got a gravestone the other day.
On a cool, overcast Sunday morning, a crane unloaded 266 granite markers from Georgia at Staten Island’s Mount Richmond Cemetery.
Over the next month, they will be set up at their respective graves as the latest installment of the 18-year-old Leave a Mark project of the Hebrew Free Burial Association.
by Adam Dickter |
Assistant Managing Editor
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the dropping of hand-written “Kill Jews” leaflets around several Brooklyn neighborhoods in recent weeks.
Bay Ridge was the latest target shortly after Yom Kippur last week, but prior incidents took place in Boerum Hill.
“The police have not been able to find witnesses, or the leaflets,” said David Pollock of the Jewish Community Relations Council.