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Middle East Drought the Worst in 900 Years

March 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: A recent 14-year dry spell in the Middle East was the worst drought in the past 900 years, according to a new NASA study. The American space agency’s researchers examined records of rings of trees in several Mediterranean countries to determine patterns of dry and wet years across a span of nine centuries.

ISIS on the Rise Among Israeli Arabs

March 3, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: A total of 34 Israeli Arabs have been indicted for offenses related to activities on behalf of Islamic State, a TV report said Thursday, adding that the terror group was steadily growing in popularity in Israel. The Channel 10 report said Islamic State has been working relentlessly to encourage a

Yachad Interns Shine in Community Jobs

March 2, 2016, by

Pearl Markovitz reports for the The Jewish Link of New Jersey: Five months into their new headquarters at the Teaneck Jewish Center, Yachad is brimming with exciting new programs. According to Chani Herrmann, Director of New Jersey Yachad, “Our new and expanded facility has added even greater enthusiasm and excitement to our program for staff

Israeli Father of 5 Attacked Outside His Home Saves His Children

March 2, 2016, by

From the JTA: A father of five who was attacked by two Palestinian teens said he managed to shove his assailants out of his West Bank home before they could hurt his family. Roi Harel was heading to army reserve duty in uniform at 5 a.m. Wednesday when the assailants attacked him with clubs and

1,600-Year-Old Wine Press Discovered in Old Jerusalem Army Base

March 2, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: An ancient wine press likely dating from Roman times was uncovered within the grounds of a disused IDF military base in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiques Authority said on Wednesday. The IAA excavated the former Schneller base ahead of the construction of residential buildings on the site for the capital’s ultra-Orthodox

Two Thirds of Americans Favor Israelis Over Palestians

March 1, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Nearly two thirds of Americans (62 percent) favor Israel more than the Palestinians, as they have done for the past seven years, according to a Gallup poll published Monday. Just 15% say their sympathies lie with the Palestinians, up from a 20% peak in 2007. One in five respondents said

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

Oberlin President Defends Free Speech of Anti-Semitic Professor

February 29, 2016, by

From the Forward. In response to an article revealing that an Oberlin College professor made numerous postings about Jews and Israel to Facebook, the liberal arts college’s president said the college “respects the right of its faculty, students, staff and alumni to express their personal views.” Marvin Krislov’s statement came after The Tower on Thursday

Miriam Peretz’s Speaking Engagements

February 29, 2016, by

Monday March 14 Yeshiva University Beren (Midtown) Campus 8:30 PM (Lecture + book sale & signing)   Tuesday March 15 The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue 11 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065    

Hungarian Jews Will Rebury Remains of Nazi-Era Victims

February 25, 2016, by

From the Forward: Hungary’s Jewish community received government permission to bury human remains from the Holocaust that were found in the Danube River. The bones, which were discovered five years ago during construction work on the Margaret Bridge, belong to several people who were murdered either by being shot on the banks of the river

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