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Friday, August 18, 2017

Israel/World

‘Anti-Zionism Is New Form of Anti-Semitism,’ French Leader Says

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday denounced France’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who negate or minimize the country’s role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths. He also condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism and vowed to fight both.

Israel Free Spirit Announces Largest Birthright Israel Season

This summer, OU Israel Free Spirit is sending more participants to Israel than ever before in its 18-year history, with over 1350 participants.

Israel Free Spirit, the OU’s Birthright Israel trip organizer, attributes this growth to its diverse trip selection. In addition to the standard Birthright

Mayim Bialik, New Voice of SodaStream, Lauds Israeli Company’s ‘Diversity’

Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” launched a witty new video campaign this week for SodaStream, succeeding actress Scarlett Johansson as the official pitchwoman for the Israeli beverage carbonation company.

Bialik, a self-described “observant-ish” Jew and

Lev HaTorah’s Rav Michael Siev Checks in From Ramat Shilo

Rav Michael Siev Fast Facts:
* From Teaneck, New Jersey. Rav Siev attended The Moriah School and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/MTA. He davened at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun growing up, and his parents are still part of the CBY community.
* Married to Rena (Cohn), father of six. The Siev

FIDF Supports Over 50,000 Soldiers During First-Ever IDF Appreciation Week

Tel Aviv—Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supported more than 50,000 IDF soldiers during the first-ever national appreciation week for IDF soldiers in Israel, June 29-July 8, held in partnership with the IDF and Yachad Le’maan Ha’chayal (The Association for the Well-being of Israel’s Soldiers and The

Israel’s Chief Rabbi: There Is No ‘Blacklist’ of 160 Diaspora Rabbis

At a time of heightened tension between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel over religious issues, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate sought to distance itself from a controversial alleged “blacklist” of 160 Diaspora rabbis.

A letter released from the office of Israel’s Ashkenazi

Netanyahu, Greenblatt Meet to Discuss Trump Plans for Peace Process

(TPS) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman Wednesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s ideas for kickstarting the moribund Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Ahead of the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office denied reports in the Arab media that Israel agreed to “slow

In Rare Show of Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation, PA Unveils Its First Power Station

(JNS.org) In a rare show of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz both attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of Jenin in the disputed territories to inaugurate the first Palestinian-owned power station.

UN Report Suggests Gaza May Become ‘Unlivable’; Israel Blames Hamas

(JNS.org) A new report by the United Nations said the Gaza Strip may become “unlivable” by 2020, while Israel said the Palestinian terror group Hamas is largely to blame for the situation.

According to the report, the population in Gaza is growing faster than the coastal territory’s

Israel’s Former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau Will Retire

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel’s former chief rabbi, is set to retire from public service and his role as Tel Aviv’s chief rabbi.

The rabbi, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was legally required to leave public service at the age of 75, but has been able to continue to serve after the Chief

YU ‘Summer Camp’ Bridges Gap Between Israel and the Diaspora

Jerusalem—Highlighting its crucial role in the lives of Israeli youth at risk, Yeshiva University’s Counterpoint Israel Program kicked off its 12th consecutive year with a communal bar mitzvah ceremony in the Old City of Jerusalem for 13 grade-school students from the development town of

Jewish School in the UK Faces Closure for Not Teaching About Transgenderism

(JLNJ Staff) Vishnitz Girls School, an independent Orthodox Jewish primary school located in Hackney, North London, teaches approximately 212 girls from the ages of 3 to 11. On May 10, the school failed its third Ofsted inspection because they do not teach their students about LGBTQ issues; Ofsted (the Office for Standards in