Friday, December 06, 2019


Israeli Astronaut Joins First All-Female Spacewalking Team

The first-ever female spacewalking team, including an Israeli astronaut, exited the International Space Station on Friday.

Swedish-American-Israeli Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are repairing a broken part of the station’s solar-power network.


First-of-Its-Kind Center to Examine Intersection of Torah and Technology

(Courtesy of JCT) The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind Torah and Technology Research Center, which will provide the specialized expertise necessary to respond to the complex ethical and Halachic (Jewish legal) issues of our times.


Israel Launches Initiative To Double Number of International Students

(Courtesy of Study in Israel) The Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) this week officially launched the national initiative “Study in Israel” to double the number of international students enrolled in Israeli colleges and universities, initially targeting students in North America, China and India. There are currently about

Germany Synagogue Attack on Yom Kippur Shocks Jewish World

(Combined sources) After at least two people were shot dead on a street in the German city of Halle, the birthplace of composer Georg Freideric Handel, on Wednesday outside a synagogue during Yom Kippur, Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Isaac Herzog released the following statement:


Arabs Hurl Firebombs, Burn Tires as Jews Pray at Joseph’s Tomb

(JNS) Dozens of Palestinians rioted this weekend following the pilgrimage of some 1,000 Jews, under Israeli security escort, to the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem/Nablus to pray. The rioters threw firebombs and burning tires at security personnel. Israeli security forces responded with riot dispersal methods.

There were no Israeli reports of casualties during the

Jewish Death Row Inmate Receives Stay of Execution

(JNS) The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay of execution for a Jewish death-row inmate who was scheduled to die on Oct. 10 for being part of “The Texas Seven” that escaped from prison almost 19 years ago and killed a police officer after they held up a sporting goods store, following allegations that he was sentenced by

UNRWA Must Evolve or Dissolve, Says Senior Agency Official at End of General Assembly

The agency’s failure to resolve the Palestinian refugee problem “is really the failure of its donors,” said former general counsel James Lindsay, and stems from its definition of who is a refugee.

“Direct pressure” by donors is the most likely way to induce the United Nations Relief and Works

Doing a Century of Good: The Bnai Zion Foundation

From its inception, Zionism has advocated for both tangible and spiritual aims. Jews of all persuasions originally formed the movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. When the internationally known philanthropy Bnai Zion was

Israeli Election Outcome Still Uncertain

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this week with leaders of parties from the right-wing bloc to discuss the future of negotiations to form a unity government after talks with Blue and White went south, with the center-left list pulling out of a recent scheduled meeting to, in its officials’ own words, “weaken”

Netanyahu’s Indictment Hearings Begin

(JNS) As coalition negotiations appear to have failed, potentially leading Israel into an unprecedented third round of national elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared for a pre-indictment hearing with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

Netanyahu’s coalition partners—Yamina,

On Pre-Holiday Call, Trump Highlights Exiting Iran Deal, Backing Holocaust Education, Battling Anti-Semitism

(JNS) In the annual call on Friday ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday between Jewish communal leaders and the president of the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump recalled a friend telling him that neither moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in May 2018 nor recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights last March was his

Jerusalem College of Technology Celebrates 50 Years of Inclusion

From charedim to Ethiopians to everyone in between, JCT has proven since 1969 that Israel can be the land of opportunity for students from any background.

(Courtesy of JCT) The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT), a leader in providing high-level science and technology education to