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Final Group of Jews from Yemen Airlifted to Israel in Secret Mission

March 21, 2016, by

From the JTA: A group of the last remaining Jews from Yemen arrived in Israel in a secret operation coordinated by the Jewish Agency for Israel. The 19 Jews who arrived Sunday include 14 from Raydah, including the community’s rabbi, and a family of five from Sanaa, the capital. The rabbi brought with him a

In Destitute Gaza, Hamas Rides World’s Goodwill All the Way to the Bank

March 17, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: There’s been a lot of talk in the international media about the slow pace of rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, where some 100,000 people still don’t have housing following the summer 2014 war between the IDF and Hamas-led groups in Gaza. But what most people haven’t heard is that new

After 5 Years of Civil War, Syrian Refugee Thanks Israelis and Jews For Being “True Friends”

March 17, 2016, by

From the Tower.org: Syrian refugee Aboud Dandachi wrote an essay Monday in Tablet in which he expressed gratitude to his “true friends,” including Jewish and Israeli people and organization who have assisted him and other refugees. Dandachi, a former high-tech worker who created a website called Thank You Am Israel, wrote appreciatively that it “is astonishing, absolutely astonishing,

Seattle Jew in Line to Be First Sephardic Jew Granted Spanish Citizenship

March 17, 2016, by

From the Seattle Times: Seattleite Doreen Alhadeff got back from Spain on Feb. 15 with a historic accomplishment in hand: She had become the first American — and now one of only seven people in the world — to reach the final stage of a process that allows Sephardic Jews to become Spanish citizens. A

America’s Proudest Shabbos Goys?

March 17, 2016, by

The JTA has this lovely story about several shop-owners in Kew Garden Hills, NY, who are known happily as Shabbos Goys. For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride. Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in

Anti-Semitic Slogans, Swastikas Painted on Synagogue in France

March 15, 2016, by

From the JTA: Unidentified individuals painted anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on a synagogue in the French city of Verdun but failed to break in. Congregants discovered the vandalism on Saturday morning, Jean Blacharz, the local community’s vice president, told the L’Est Républicain daily. He added that the incident was the first of its kind in recent memory in Verdun,

Guinness: Israel Holocaust Survivor, 112, World’s Oldest Man

March 15, 2016, by

From the AP. A 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world’s oldest man, Guinness World Records announced on Friday. Guinness said in a statement that Israel Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11. Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for

Suburban Boston Principal Sorry for Not Reporting 2 Anti-Semitic Incidents

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: The principal of a suburban Boston middle school apologized to parents for failing to notify them about two anti-Semitic incidents at the school, days after he notified them about a third incident. The words “Burn the Jews” was written on the wall of a boys’ bathroom at the F.A. Day Middle School

Hasidic Terror Victim Stabs Attacker—Credits God with Saving Him

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: Only after Yonatan Azriaev grabbed the terrorist’s arms and threw him against a wall of soft drinks did he think he was about to die. Azriaev, a member of the Breslov Hasidic sect, had been handing out religious pamphlets in the open-air market here when he stepped inside a shop at around

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