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September 27, 2017 3:29 pm

Jewish National Fund Goes West With New President, Marking Historic Shift

JNS.org - The appointment of the new president at the Jewish National Fund (JNF) -- the nonprofit known for its initiatives to develop the land of Israel and enhance...

September 11, 2017 11:23 am

The Jewish Year’s Inspiring Newsmakers

JNS.org - Judaism’s High Holidays are a time for prayer, introspection and also inspiration. Amid the headlines on terrorism and political disputes, some prominent newsmakers in the...

August 30, 2017 10:41 am

Hurricane Harvey the Peak of a Devastating Three-Year Flooding Trend for Houston’s Jews

JNS.org - As a member of Houston’s Jewish community -- and as someone writing about a devastating flood there for the third time since May 2015 -- I’m...

April 4, 2017 7:25 am

Momentum and Mixed Signals: The Arab-Israeli Peace Process

JNS.org - Although regional conditions have created momentum for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal, Palestinian and Arab leaders are sending mixed signals to Israel. In his recent remarks to...

March 28, 2017 6:38 am

AIPAC Policy Conference Adapts to the World of Trump

JNS.org - In recent years, AIPAC’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, tension between the Obama administration and Israel, Prime...

February 22, 2017 7:43 am

International Jewish Youth Convention’s Delicate Balancing Act On Refugee Debate

JNS.org -- In an ever-polarized American era, nonprofits often need to decide how to make their organization’s or constituency’s voice heard on policy issues, without making overtly...

February 22, 2017 7:41 am

International Conference of Jewish Teens About Vision and Resolve

JNS.org -- My interview with Aaron Mantell and Danielle Wadler, two teens from New York’s Long Island region, was drowned out by a parade of chanting students. Welcome...

January 19, 2017 7:37 am

Trump Cabinet Brings a Mix of Assurances and Mysteries on Israel

JNS.org - After raising concerns in the pro-Israel community early in his campaign -- for saying that he would remain “neutral” in navigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- President-elect Donald Trump...

January 16, 2017 7:22 am

10 Things to Know About Israel’s Tourism Sector

JNS.org - Some 2.9 million people visited Israel last year, a 3.6 percent increase from 2015. Earlier this week, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism released a report summarizing international...

January 5, 2017 4:45 am

Five Potential Developments in US-Israel Relations in 2017

JNS.org - The onset of 2017 comes a mere few weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, ushering in a new era in the US-Israel relationship. The...

December 28, 2016 7:46 am

The Year in Review: 10 Israel News Stories That Defined 2016

JNS.org - President Barack Obama sprang his much-anticipated “December surprise” on Israel at the United Nations last week, capping off 2016 with a bang as it...

November 21, 2016 3:28 pm

How Did Jewish Newspapers Handle Presidential Endorsements, and What Price Are They Paying for Their Choices?

JNS.org -- Any newspaper that makes political endorsements runs the risk of alienating readers who disagree with the publication’s candidate of choice. Angry letters and canceled...

May 11, 2016 6:39 am

At the March of the Living, Learning How to Live

JNS.org - Sophie Wortsman. 16. Toronto. Student. Benji Zoller. 18. Dallas. Student. Sam Peltz. 83. Florida and New York. Survivor. Jacob Kamaras. 30. Houston. Journalist. We all shared the same...

May 5, 2016 12:47 pm

‘No Statue of Limitations on Genocide,’ Nuremberg Anniversary Confab Reminds

JNS.org - Why should the casual observer care about the seemingly obvious need to prosecute and convict Nazi war criminals, whether it be during the Nuremberg...


A Contemporary Renaissance for Jewish Art

Every year, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem hosts an open house, where the entire building is...

Miss Israel, Miss Iraq Find ‘Peace and Love’ Amid Mideast Tensions

JNS.org – In a rare sign of Middle East solidarity, Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman and...

Israeli Soccer Star Named Most Valuable Player in Chinese League

JNS.org – Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi was named this year’s most valuable player in the Chinese Super League (CSL) last...


Former Israeli General and Ex-State Department Official Clash Over Peace Obstacles

JNS.org - A former Israeli general and an ex-State Department official presented sharply differing views...

US Lawmakers Advance Measures to Block Aid to Hamas

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday targeting the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The approved measures include the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention...


Rutgers President Defends ‘Academic Freedom’ of Three Professor...

The president of Rutgers University in New Jersey defended the free speech rights of three faculty members who have recently...


Cathay Pacific Airways to Open Israel Office, Upgrade Tel Aviv-Hong Kong Ro...

JNS.org – Cathay Pacific, the flagship airline of Hong Kong, is set to launch an office in Israel as well as...

Middle East

Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parlia...

Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in "flagrant injustice" toward Christians in...