Shimon Peres

They Elected Rivlin? Nu, B'Emet?

06/11/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Story Includes Video: 
0

After what seemed like endless haggling, much of it public and not at all mediagenic, Israel’s Knesset has elected Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin to be the tenth President of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel’s New President, Playing Catch-Up

06/11/2014
Editorial

The office of the president of the State of Israel is largely symbolic, intended to unify the country and bring it enhanced stature. But from the outset the definition of the role, to “stand at the head of the state,” has been vague, leading critics to call for its abolishment on the grounds that it is unnecessary and costly.

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

The Backstory Behind Netanyahu's Absence

12/13/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Story Includes Video: 
0

The absence this week of Israel’s two leading political figures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, at the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa was both painful and sad.  Whether or not illness made it impossible for President Peres to attend is something we cannot know, although surely, it would not have been an easy trip for a man of Peres’ age. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

De Blasio Meets With Shimon Peres

Mayor-elect's tweet generates anti-Israel backlash online.

11/26/2013
Assistant Managing Editor
Story Includes Video: 
0

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Israel's president, Shimon Peres, in his Manhattan hotel Monday. De Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1, sent out a photo of the meeting Tuesday via Twitter.

"Had the honor of meeting @PresidentPeres today and discussing the close ties between New York City and Israel," de Blasio tweeted.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, with President Peres of Israel. Photo via @BilldeBlasio

Knicks' Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

08/05/2013
Story Includes Video: 
0

Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, told New York magazine that the Knicks’ power forward is in the process of becoming an Israeli.

Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire meets with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Congress Considers Gold Medal Honoring Shimon Peres On 90th Birthday

08/01/2013
Story Includes Video: 
0

To honor the 90th birthday of Israel’s president Friday, members of the House and Senate are to vote on whether to honor long-serving politician and diplomat Shimon Peres with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Peres, who presided over a celebrity studded conference in Jerusalem in June to mark his upcoming nonacentennial, was already awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama this year.

Shimon Peres: Helped U.S. Israel relations.

Peres With Streisand And Clinton: Turning 90 With Style

06/21/2013
Story Includes Video: 
0

The annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international professional association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis, will take place this coming week in Jerusalem.  In my capacity as President of the RA, as it’s commonly referred to, it will be my great honor to formally introduce Shimon Peres, the President of the State of Israel, at a reception that he is hosting for us in his official residence, known as Beit Hannasi.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

After Tragedy, Israeli Parents Donate Son's Kidney To Save Palestinian Boy

06/04/2013
Story Includes Video: 
0

The kidney of a 3-year-old Israeli boy was successfully transplanted to a 10-year-old Palestinian child.

The parents of Noam Naor decided to donate his kidneys after their son was declared brain dead nearly two weeks ago after falling from a window in his parents’ apartment.

Syndicate content