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Shlomo Hillel, who spearheaded mass aliyah of Iraqi Jews, dies at 97

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Shlomo Hillel’s life spanned the length and breadth of Israel’s immigrant story and he played a critical role in many of its chapters. Hillel, who...
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in 2016

Biden and Netanyahu, in first phone call since US leader’s inauguration, speak for an...

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President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nearly a month into his first term — a time frame that drew criticism from...

Creating local programming, Russian-speaking Jews bolster unique Jewish identity

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Sponsored By Larry Luxner Belarus native Igor Litvin cares about the Earth. He’s also passionate about his Jewish identity. Not long ago, the Minsk resident decided to...

Israeli researchers use novel methods to seek treatments for deadly pancreatic cancer

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  Sponsored By Larry Luxner By the time Barbara Goodman was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in October 2001, there were already 30 tumors in her...

10 heartwarming Jewish stories from 2020, a year to otherwise forget

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By Gabe Friedman There’s no sugarcoating it: 2020 was a difficult, trying, tragic year. But just because COVID-19 dominated the headlines and our personal lives, that...

This American immigrant to Israel is fighting sexual abuse among the haredi Orthodox

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Sponsored By Larry Luxner ASHKELON, Israel — Not long ago, an 18-year-old girl from a haredi Orthodox family in Jerusalem anonymously called a hotline for victims...

Israeli Knesset members propose giving Diaspora Jews a formal role in Israeli affairs

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Sponsored By Larry Luxner How much of a say, if any, should Diaspora Jews have in Israeli affairs? This perennial question, debated often in op-eds and speeches,...

Saeb Erekat, long-time Palestinian peace negotiator, dies of coronavirus

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  Saeb Erekat, the perpetually optimistic peace negotiator who forged close relationships with his Israeli counterparts and pressed until his final days for a two-state...

Jonathan Sacks, former UK chief rabbi and Jewish ‘intellectual giant,’ dies at 72

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By Ben Harris, Cnaan Liphshiz and Gabe Friedman Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media...
Theodor Herzl

Zionist Congress closes after business as unusual

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(Updated on Oct. 25, 2020 to include additional information) Liberal Israeli and Diaspora groups, including delegates from the Washington area, this week pushed back against...