Thursday, May 23, 2019


The Tragedy of Poverty and Loneliness Among Holocaust Survivors

On the second week of the month, Raffi, a volunteer with the Jaffa Institute’s Accompanying the Elderly program, knocks on Mali’s door. He is greeted by a warm smile and the comforting aroma of a fresh pot of coffee. On the table, two cookies are placed on a glass plate, framed by a floral doily on the table. Raffi recognizes

After 37 Years, a Father and Son Can Rest

In a visit to Moscow that occurred prior to the Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin: the remains of fallen Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel. Baumel, who had been missing in action since the first war in Lebanon in 1982, has finally been laid to rest in Jerusalem. His

Heading Into Election, Bibi Still Leads

Just one week ahead of the elections, Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party does not have enough votes to create a bloc larger than the right, despite being successful in taking some votes from the center, and Prime Minister Netanyahu is still in a position to form the next government, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Jonathan Rynhold

After 37 Years, Body of Missing Soldier Zachary Baumel Returned to Israel

(Vosizneias.com) Close to 40 years after he went missing in action following the Battle of Sultan Yacoub, the body of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel has been returned to Israel for burial.

Baumel’s body was repatriated to Israel via a third country several days ago and identified by his DNA at

Israeli UN Envoy Hails General Assembly’s Condemnation of Anti-Semitism Following Diplomatic Battle

(Algemeiner) Israel’s envoy to the United Nations on Tuesday hailed the passage of a General Assembly resolution on hate crimes that was amended to include a specific condemnation of anti-Semitism as “an Israeli achievement at the U.N. and a crushing loss to the forces of hatred.”

Danny Danon,

US Considering Further Iran Sanctions, Extension of Certain Waivers

(JNS) The United States is considering additional sanctions against Iran that would hit areas not previously targeted, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on Monday.

The fresh sanctions would be enacted in May, a year after the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, reported

In Canada, Israel’s President Thanks Trudeau for Battling Anti-Semitism, BDS

(JNS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met on Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

Rivlin thanked Trudeau for fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, including the anti-Israel BDS movement, which the Canadian leader blasted in January.

Gaza Time Bomb Keeps Ticking, as Both Sides Delay the Explosion

Few events better illustrate the need for the Israel Defense Forces’ policy of zero-tolerance to attempted Palestinian intrusions from Gaza than the capture last month of two armed men near Kibbutz Erez, located just north of the Gaza Strip.

On March 8, IDF soldiers responding to a border intrusion

‘The Gush’ Is Great for Mordechai Sheinson

Mordechai Sheinson is studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut (shana bet). He grew up in Hillside, attended JEC for elementary school and high school. His family davens at Adath Israel.

His next stop? Rutgers University, to study computer science.


The Frisch School Has a Presence in Neve Daniel

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Israel where we travelled to celebrate the Bat Mitzwah of our granddaughter, Adi Amalia. Our daughter, Elisheva, and her husband, Dr. Zev Hillel Davidovics, made Aliyah with their four daughters in the summer 5778 (2018) and decided to live in a beautiful yishuv dati, Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion area. Perched on a

SAHI Inspires Teens to Pay It Forward

Amid the powerful political speeches at this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference was a presentation by SAHI, a chesed group established in 2009 that, according to its literature, is “an innovative social enterprise that transforms Israel’s at-risk youth through acts of giving.”

What sets SAHI

Meir Panim: Fighting Poverty in Israel

(Courtesy of Meir Panim) At ten o’clock, Adi instructed all the children in her Jerusalem gan (school) to take out their aruchat eser (mid-morning meal). Hungry, all the children raced to unzip their tiks (backpacks), remove their lunches and begin eating. All the children, that is, except for Benny.