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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Israel/World

Rabbis and Bishops Unite on Tuition Tax Credit Bill

Representatives of the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops attended their semi-annual meeting to discuss issues affecting their congregants and students.  The proposed Education Investment Tax Credit Legislation (A.1826/S.4099), designed to increase individual and corporate donations for

Conference of Presidents Asks for Reconsideration of VAT for Tourists

New YorkConference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, urged Israeli leaders to reconsider the proposal to apply the value added tax (VAT) to foreign tourists.

They said: “The addition of the VAT would add significantly to the cost for tourists and

Israeli Bills Filed for Holocaust Survivors’ Rights

Jerusalem—The Jerusalem Post reports that Haim Katz (Likud Beytenu) , chairman of the Welfare, Labor and Health MK Committee,  has filed two bills aimed at “ensuring a dignified life for all Holocaust survivors” just two days after the committee held a heated discussion at the Knesset on the topic of survivors’ poverty. The bills are intended to significantly

PFLP Gets Back in the Game

BEIRUT—According to The Jerusalem Post, after 40 years of peace the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a U.S.-designated terror group in Damascus, is about to go to war with Israel in the Golan Heights. And Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah say that they are ready to stand behind them. Assad and Iran are

Aliyah Buzz: Ancient Dreams and Modern Means

Have you ever entered a contest to win cash, a camera or maybe just dinner for two? Get ready for the ultimate prize upgrade: the chance to win a full-time job. In a new spin on the entire concept of online contests, Nefesh B’Nefesh has launched the Best Job Contest and the Wedding Gift Challenge (www.thisismyisrael.com). These two innovative social media initiatives

Making of the NORPAC Mission: Sending 1,000 People to DC Is No Easy Task

Getting 1,000 people to Washington, D.C. from all over the tri-state area into 466 meetings with almost 90 percent of the U.S. Congress—and guiding them on what to say when they are in those meetings—requires intense planning by the three co-chairs of the NORPAC Mission last week. Richard Schlussel, Laurie Baumel and David Steinberg started planning in January,

The Burden and The Privilege

My father of blessed memory paved airport roads for the Nazis, so that their Luftwaffe planes could land and take off with ease in Hungary. My mother, she should live and be well, cleaned bathrooms at Nazi headquarters in Budapest.

He was 25 and an orphan. She was 15 and an orphan.

I tell you this because the yahrzeit of my four grandparents is coming