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  • Why one haredi leader supports Western Wall deal with ‘heretical’ Reform Jews

    Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, former chief rabbi of Jerusalem’s Old City, is no fan of Reform and Conservative Judaism. In a letter sent Thursday to Israel’s chief rabbis, the haredi Orthodox Nebenzahl calls the movements “heretical religions.” They are “uprooting the religion and hurting everything holy to us,” he writes. “Their war against the religion is hard,…

  • Meet 5 Israeli companies driving disability tech

    From hearing to hiking, five ways Israeli companies are advancing disability inclusion.

  • Why Israel is a pilgrimage site for birds — and birdwatchers

    A prime location and diverse climate draw hundreds of millions of birds to Israel every year — along with the birdwatchers who thrill at the sight of them.

  • Bernie Sanders reaches out to Israelis on Facebook, gets an earful

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign issued a message of multicultural unity last week, posting graphics on social media that read, “Not me, us,” in 14 different languages. Facebook users generally responded positively to the posts, which in each language feature a silhouette of Sanders — fist raised — comprising smaller silhouettes of various shapes and colors. Israelis, though, were…

  • IDF releases attack warning app

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with reporters Monday, was developed by a staff of some 15 people in the Home Front Command, which oversees civilian preparedness. It was launched this month…

  • Netanyahu, Herzog present divergent views of Israeli-Palestinian future

  • How Syria and natural gas are pushing Israel and Turkey back together

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – After years of false starts, Israeli negotiators went to Geneva last week for talks aimed at ending a long-running conflict with a regional adversary. It’s not the Palestinians. It’s Turkey. Once a key partner of Israel, Turkey in recent years has been a thorn in its side. It supports Israel’s foes,…

  • American Jewish leaders meet with Egyptian president

    (JTA) — Leaders of the American Jewish community met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. During the two-hour meeting Thursday, the delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations discussed regional issues and U.S.-Egyptian relations, including terror threats, moving forward after the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and Israeli relations with…

  • ‘Son of Sal’ serial killer, who murdered two Jews, convicted

    Salvatore Perrone killed two Jewish shopkeepers in 2012, and faces 75 years to life in prison.

  • Nine laureates to share in Dan David Prize

    The three prizes are given by the Dan David Prize Foundation annually in the categories of past, present and future.