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Accessibility Shabbat To Address Needs Of Visually Impaired

Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions.

raeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat this week. Screenshot/Youtube Tzohar

Advice To Educators: Dig Deep On Mideast Conflict

Simplistic views on Israel can be punctured by critics on campus, according to a conference held here.

11/29/2016 - 10:13
Special To The Jewish Week

Gabriel Goldstein grew up steeped in Zionism. He attended a Modern Orthodox day school for 19 years, was a high school fellow with the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs and spent numerous summers in the Jewish state. Yet, when he arrived at Brandeis, the Memphis native felt woefully unprepared for the hard discussions about Israel.

Gabriel Goldstein speaks during a panel on college student experiences. photo by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Trump Victory: Good News, Bad News For Jews – Part II

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett was downright giddy. He said President-elect Donald Trump's opposition to the two-state solution and support for unfettered settlement construction means "The era of a Palestinian state is over." 

American Jews are more supportive of resuscitating the peace process than the current right-wing Israeli government, but they have more urgent worries about a Trump administration.

Trump Victory: Good News, Bad News For Jews – Part I

Donald Trump's victory may be good news for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who congratulated the president-elect and called him a "true friend" of Israel, but it is bad news for the overwhelming majority of American Jews, who voted (71-24) for Hillary Clinton.

Beyond boasting about his deal-making skills and saying he could be an impartial broker in Israeli-Palestinians, Trump has shown no real interest in reviving the peace process; neither have Israeli and Palestinian leaders.  The Israeli right is delighted.

Will Obama Launch A Lame-Duck Israel Surprise?

It’s looking less and less likely, according to the available evidence.

11/09/2016 - 09:12

(JTA) Washington — It started several months ago in anxious whispers among pro-Israel leaders. Now it has burst into the open in full-page ads in The New York Times and op-eds in The Wall Street Journal:

Does Barack Obama have a lame-duck surprise in store for Israel?

Cue The ‘Restart Button’

Israelis looking ahead to a better relationship with Washington.

11/09/2016 - 08:30
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — “The Reset.”

That was the buzzword this week as Israelis contemplated a new administration in Washington, one almost sure to be more favorable — at least in terms of optics — towards a Jewish state that resides in a very rough neighborhood.

American expats at an election night party at Mike’s Place, a popular bar in downtown Jerusalem.  Michele Chabin/JW

After UNESCO Vote, Israel Produces Ancient Papyrus Fragment Mentioning Jerusalem In Hebrew

Following UNESCO vote, Israeli archaeologists produced a rare 2,700 year old papyrus fragment that proves Jerusalem was a Jewish City.

10/27/2016 - 15:10
Editorial Intern

Following  Unesco’s decision on Wednesday to ignore all Jewish ties to Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority released a rare papyrus document mentioning the city of Jerusalem in Hebrew. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed the first non-biblical source of the city of Jerusalem, dating back to the First Temple in the seventh century 7 BCE.

2,700 year old papyrus found with Hebrew letters. The Israel Antiquities Authority

Trump Adviser Charges Bias Among Clinton Supporters

David Friedman denies anti-Semitism on part of GOP candidate’s backers; raps ADL’s director.

10/27/2016 - 09:10

David Friedman, an adviser on Israel to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, said there is no anti-Semitic sentiment among the candidate’s supporters, during an interview with an Israeli television station.

Attorney David Friedman, left, exiting the Federal Building with Ivanka Trump. Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg News

The Protocols Of Trump

Israel was not mentioned once in the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but it was not forgotten.

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