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500 Doctors Sign Letter Urging Vaccination

April 17, 2019, by

Approximately 500 doctors who serve Orthodox Jewish communities across North America have signed a letter calling for all children and healthy adults to get vaccinated. Doctors from New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Toronto and Montreal have all signed the letter urging individuals and communities […]

Israel Planning New Space Mission

April 17, 2019, by

SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn has announced plans for the Beresheet 2 project, posting to Facebook that “We are going to actually put a new spacecraft on the moon and we are going to complete the mission.” In a television interview, Kahn added, “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on […]

Uber Fires Driver for Refusing Jewish Passengers

April 11, 2019, by

Uber has dismissed a London driver for refusing to accept Jewish passengers. The driver, identified only as “Ahmed,” refused to pick up two men wearing yarmulkes after they were matched with him by the Uber app. The driver “turned around, and as he drove past us, said ‘I don’t take Jews,’” one of the men […]

Columbia Professor Compares Israel to Islamic State

April 11, 2019, by

Hamid Dabashi, a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, wrote on Facebook last week that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.” Dabashi’s post read in part: “The only difference: ISIS does not have a platoon of […]

BD”E Cantor Sherwood Goffin

April 11, 2019, by

Renowned cantor Sherwood Goffin recently passed away at the age of 77. Cantor Goffin received his cantorial degree from Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music, where he later taught. He was the founding chazzan at Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, where he served for half a century. In 1986, Cantor Goffin received Cantor-for-Life tenure from the […]

Israeli Twitter Trolls BDS-Supporting Celebrity

April 4, 2019, by

As an April Fools’ prank, a Twitter account managed by the Israeli government trolled Roger Waters, the famously anti-Israel co-founder of the band Pink Floyd. 4IL, an account run by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, announced that Waters would be playing a concert in Tel Aviv in July. Waters was not amused, […]

Yad Vashem Urges End to “Divisive Anti-Semitic Language”

April 4, 2019, by

During the recent AIPAC conference, Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, ran an ad in The New York Times and The Washington Post urging politicians to put an end to using “divisive anti-Semitic language and distorted Holocaust references.” “We implore all leaders and citizens to refrain from hateful discourse, and to reaffirm the common humanity that binds […]

BD”E Rav Yisroel Avrohom Portugal ztz”l, the Skulener Rebbe

April 2, 2019, by

The Skulener Rebbe, HaGaon HaRav Yisroel Avrohom Portugal ztz”l has passed away at the age of 95. The Rebbe passed away Monday afternoon at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore after being hospitalized there for nearly two months. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning at the Skulener Bais Medrash in Boro Park with tens of […]

State Department Drops “Occupied” from Descriptions of West Bank, Golan

March 26, 2019, by

The State Department has ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as being “occupied” by Israel. In the Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, the Golan Heights are referred to as “Israeli-controlled.” A State Department official said that the change does not reflect a change in policy regarding […]

Senior Israeli Official: No Cease-Fire With Hamas Yet

March 26, 2019, by

A rocket from Gaza hit central Israel on Monday, leading the Israeli air force to launch an offensive against Hamas targets. Seven people were wounded after a house north of Tel Aviv was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. The attack prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short his visit to Washington and return to Israel. Cities near […]