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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Israel/World

Atara Rothwachs Is Loving Her Year at MMY

Atara Rothwachs is studying at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) in Jerusalem. She grew up in Bergenfield, attended RYNJ for elementary school and Bruriah for high school. Her family davens at Ohr HaTorah.

Her next stop? Touro.

Why did

More Than 300 Israeli Women Participate in Israel’s Largest Event to Support Agunot

(Courtesy of Ohr Torah Stone) Ohr Torah Stone’s second annual “Women Moving Mountains” (“Eshet Hamidbar”) hike brought together more than 300 women from across Israel to show their support and to advocate on behalf of the plight faced by agunot—women trapped in Jewish marriages against their

Leket: Food Loss Affects Cost of Living, Increases Food Prices by 11 Percent

(Courtesy of Leket) Leket Israel, in partnership with BDO, released its Fourth Annual Food Waste and Rescue Report. The report presents, for the first time in Israel, a detailed model for the estimation of food loss in the household consumption sector, its value and impact on households in Israel and how Israelis compare to other

Center for Kehilla Development Teaches Potential Rabbis How to Serve Their Communities

From the outside, the Center for Kehilla Development (CKD) Ramat Eshkol building seems rather nondescript. But inside the Jerusalem-based hub of rabbinic studies, there is a passionate flurry of activity — where young men are delving into the depths of the Torah for not only their own personal

WayFind Goes to Israel to Meet With Seminary Girls

(Courtesy of WayFind) Many seminary girls return home from their year in Israel unsure about what to do next. Understandably, they are nervous about making a decision that will impact the rest of their lives and are not really sure how to make that decision. There are so many options. Do I even know all of the options? Which will I

House Delays Vote on Anti-Semitism Bill

(JLNJ Staff and combined sources) At press time it was reported that House Democrats would not vote on an anti-Semitism resolution on Wednesday as planned, as they were still refining the language of the measure, with multiple members saying it was likely to be broadened to reject other forms of religious bigotry such as

Is Israel Yeshiva Overcrowding a Drawback of Communal Growth?

Our Israeli seminary/yeshiva system has rejected a number of students due to what they explain is overcrowding. After 12 or more years in the yeshiva system, my 18-year-old, who wanted to continue learning for an additional year to develop his spirituality, closeness to Hashem, Torah learning and love of Israel, was told

US Sanctions Paramilitary Group Based in Iraq and Backed by Iran

(JNS) The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned the Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary group Harakat al-Nujaba.

The group’s secretary general, Akram al-Kaabi, “has said he would overthrow the Iraqi government if ordered to do so by

When Waze Doesn’t Know the Way

We know it is Israeli and we know it is amazing. Who doesn’t drive with Waze these days? Every time we look at that map on our phone as we are driving we shep nachat from where the system came from, and we now consider Susan (our chosen voice) a good family friend. However, she recently let us down for the second time. The first

Mayors From Around the World Form Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism, BDS

(JNS) Mayors from around the world have announced a coalition to combat anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment.

Announcing the launch last week of a Global Mayors Coalition Against Hate, Antisemitism and BDS were Mayor Uwe Becker of Frankfurt, Germany; Mayor Gabriel Groisman of Bal Harbour, Florida.; and

New Pre-Military Academy to Ease Transition to IDF Service for Religious English-Speakers

When David Breau, currently a resident of Englewood, graduated college, he couldn’t pass up what seemed to him like an historic opportunity to join the IDF and defend the State of Israel and the Jewish people. So he became one of the thousands of young Diaspora Jews to enlist as a lone soldier. At the

My Goal Is to Give 100 Percent of Myself to Everything I Do

(Courtesy of AMIT) “My goal is to give 100 percent of myself to everything I do,” says the top cyber student.

When a new cyber program was introduced in the middle of last year, the students at AMIT Technological High School in Ashdod were pretty surprised. They hadn’t heard much about it