Israelis Leading In Google Space Competition


A team of Israeli engineers is leading in a Google-sponsored international contest to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

Jerry Seinfeld To Make Stand-up Debut In Israel


Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up routine to Israel for the first time.

Seinfeld, who is Jewish and lives in New York, will perform in Tel Aviv on Dec. 19, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Violence Continues In Israel With 4 Jews Stabbed In 1 Day


An Israeli civilian was seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a mall near Tel Aviv by a man who reportedly is Palestinian.

Israel Lifts Temple Mount Restrictions On Muslims


Israel Police have lifted restrictions on the access of Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount.

Fatah Unit Claims Responsibility For Murder Of Israeli Couple


A cell affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing assumed responsibility for the murder of an Israeli couple near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, announced on Friday that its men on Thursday night opened fire on the car of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, a couple in their 30s, while they were driving home with four of their six children, aged four months to 9 years, from Hebron. The children were not wounded in the attack.

Eitam and Na’ama Henkin. Courtesy of the Henkin Family

4 Jews Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants


Four American Jews have been named John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellows.

Obama Names JCPA Chief To Faith Advisory Council


 The outgoing president of the national Jewish public policy umbrella was named to an advisory council on faith and government.

Spain Begins Review Of Sephardic Jews’ Citizenship Applications


Officials in Spain will begin reviewing citizenship applications by some 4,500 individuals who identified themselves as descendants of Sephardic Jews, the country’s Jewish communities said.

The review is set to begin Friday following the parliament’s adoption earlier this year of a law granting citizenship to the descendants, as well as a related amendment, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, or FCJE, said in a statement it sent out Wednesday.

HIAS, Reform Rap Obama Administration For Lowballing Syrian Refugees


Two U.S. Jewish organizations said the Obama administration’s offer to absorb at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year was inadequate.

“Increasing the total number of refugees from 70,000 to 85,000 for next year and to 100,000 for the year after is a nice symbolic gesture,” Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, a Jewish group that assists in refugee resettlement and advocates for immigration reform, said Sunday in a statement. “It is a baby step in the right direction. But it is not leadership.”

The Reform movement also said in a statement Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed numbers did not meet the mark.

“The new admission numbers remain insufficient considering the scope of the crisis at hand,” said Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the director of the Reform’s Religious Action Center.

Holocaust Historians Slam Jailing Of Austrian Scholar Over Restitution Claim


Seventy-five Holocaust historians blasted the planned jailing of an Austrian scholar for restitution fraud after he criticized the republic’s failures to compensate victims.

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