Visiting Israel: No Reason Needed

12/17/2015 (All day)
Jewish Week Online Columnists

I am leaving this coming week for a brief trip to Israel, and will be returning to Forest Hills right after the New Year. Inasmuch as this is rare time away from office and home, I shall be utilizing this opportunity to take a two-week hiatus from my weekly articles in this space (barring unforeseen circumstances), and look forward to coming back to the weekly challenge with batteries recharged and perspectives similarly revitalized. Thank you to all of my faithful readers!

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Putin Endorses Trump

I don't know how well it will go over with the neo-cons and the anti-Communist wing of the GOP, but Vladimir Putin is backing Donald Trump.

The Russian President told reporters at his annual news conference in Moscow that the American capitalist "is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented." 

Israeli-American Camp Embraces Autistic Boy, Increases Camper Compassion

No one had ever asked to take a selfie with Yarin, a 19-year-old boy with autism. But when his mother arranged for him to spend one week at the Israeli-American Council’s Machane Kachol Lavan summer camp, the resulting understanding and friendship changed everyone.

Car Ramming Attack At Entrance To Jerusalem Injures 11 Including Baby

12/13/2015 - 19:00

A baby was among 11 people injured in a car ramming attack at the entrance to Jerusalem.

Car Ramming Attack At Entrance To Jerusalem Injures 11 Including Baby. JTA

Israeli Synagogues To Mark ‘Accessibility Shabbat’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An “Accessibility Shabbat” will be held in communities across Israel.

The program being held this coming Shabbat is designed to highlight the need for greater respect for the handicapped and disabled within the religious community, and in Israeli society in general. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization.

The initiative was launched via a video campaign demonstrating the Shema prayer recited in sign language is being held in coordination with the International Accessibility Day on December 3.

For Israel, Mixed Progress On Arabian Peninsula

While several Gulf State airlines are refusing Israeli passengers, Israeli mission coming to the UAE.

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

At the same time Israel is returning to the Arabian Peninsula with the planned opening of a diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, other Arab nations are displaying their hostility by denying Israelis seats on their national airlines.

Kuwaiti Airlines considers Israeli citizens to be enemy aliens and thus a security risk. Via

An Ethiopian Holiday Celebrated In Israel

11/23/2015 - 19:00

In their homeland of Ethiopia, they marked their unique Jewish holiday, Sigd, on a nearby mountain.

Photos By Getty Images

Pushing JFNA To Open Up On Israel

11/17/2015 - 19:00

The General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America is the kind of ur-establishment event that draws the biggest names in the global Jewish community: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for one.

Open Hillel held its protest across the street from the Washington, D.C., hotel hosting the GA. Gili Getz

The Politics Of Additional Aid For Israel

After Bibi-Obama meeting, local Jewish House members weigh in on the road ahead.

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama Monday to “focus on how to go forward,” but some believe he should have also tried to make amends with Congressional Democrats — a view rejected by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Queens, L.I.).

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House on Monday. Getty Images

Needed: New Thinking On Palestine/Israel Divide

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Israel/Palestine divide needs some new thinking. Not that new thinking is an automatic panacea, but it offers the possibility of a different approach helping to open new pathways.

Peter Geffen
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