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Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Holocaust Survivors Reject Welfare Ministry Oversight

(Times of Israel)—Holocaust survivors on Monday blasted a government plan to transfer all of their financial assistance packages to the auspices of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services.

At a session of the Knesset State Control Committee, Holocaust survivor Avraham Berkowitz raged at Welfare and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid),

As Hillel Names Fingerhut New CEO, How Open Should Hillel’s Tent Be?

For 90 years, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has provided what many call a “tent” welcoming students of every Jewish background and denomination on campus. But as Hillel named its next president and CEO, questions persist over how open that tent should be when it comes to opinions about Israel.

Hillel was created in 1923 at the

Reform, Conservative Leaders Visit Pollard In Prison, Call for His Release

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Rabbi Pesach Lerner, long an advocate for Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying for Israel, arranged for Union for Reform Judaism president Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center director Rabbi David Saperstein, Rabbinical Assembly executive vice president Rabbi Julie Schonfeld and Rabbinical

PA Official: EU Judea and Samaria Guidelines Harm Palestinians, Too

(Israel Hayom)—A senior Palestinian Authority official confirmed to Israel Hayom that many in Ramallah were dissatisfied with the European Union’s decision to withhold economic grants and incentives to Israeli companies situated in Judea and Samaria.

“For our part, we approached a number of [European] Union officials, in the

Pink Floyd Fans - Time to Boycott Roger Waters

As JLBC went to press, the Simon Wiesenthal Center officially declared Roger Waters an anti-Semite. This declaration came about after it was reported that Waters displayed a balloon in the shape of a pig with a Jewish star at a recent concert.

(JNS.org) El Al Israel Airlines said it promptly canceled a promotional package that appeared on its website

Why I Resigned From Claims Conference Board — And Why You Should Care Holocaust Restitution Group Must Have Sterling Reputation

(This article first appeared on The Forward blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.)

After serving for a decade on the Board of Directors of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, I resigned in protest on July 10.

The Claims Conference, as it is commonly known, was created in 1951 to secure some measure of justice for Jewish

Hungarian Restitution Restored

After several years of protracted and difficult negotiations, the government of Hungary has released $5.6 million to the Claims Conference. These funds, which had been previously negotiated but not released, will be used for social welfare services and emergency assistance grants for needy survivors of Hungarian origin living outside of Hungary.

In order to

Christian Leaders Set to Complete 13-Month Educational Program on Judaism

(JNS.org) The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Shalom Hartman Institute have partnered together on a soon-to-be-completed educational program on Judaism for 16 Christian leaders. The partnership, known as the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), has allowed Christian leaders of diverse denominations to engage in long-distance study of classical Jewish texts

Kerry: There Is A Basis for Talks

(TIP) Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had “established a basis” for returning to peace talks, after months in which Israeli officials had been calling on their Palestinian counterparts to return to negotiations without preconditions but had been rebuffed. Kerry traveled to the West Bank Friday to

Iran Instigating Sunni-Shiite Confrontation

(TIP) Arab media outlets are reporting on growing regional fears that Iran is seeking to ethnically alter the landscape of the Middle East, and to flood areas of Syria with Shiites in order to solidify sectarian control of the area. Tehran is reportedly spending billions of dollars to purchase land in the country, which has become the epicenter for what analysts

Sphinx Paws Statue Found In Israel

(Livescience.com) This sphinx fragment was found by archaeologists with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during excavations at Hazor.

Archaeologists digging in Israel found the feet of an Egyptian sphinx linked to a pyramid-building pharaoh. They were found in Hazor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just north of the Sea of Galilee. a hieroglyphic

Million-Year-Old Cave Discovered

The popular Sorek (Avshalom) Cave near Jerusalem is thought to be much smaller than the newly discovered cave complex in Tzofim. (Shutterstock)

A rare and beautiful cave complex of stalagmites and stalactites, that is thought to be one million years old, has been discovered near the village community of Tzofim, northeast of Kfar Saba.

The cave was found