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ARTICLES BY: Jacob Kamaras / JNS.org

July 16, 2018 12:10 pm

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey

JNS.org - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC) Eitanim entrepreneurship program get to...

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...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism

JNS.org - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Newly-Born Baby Rhinoceros Takes First Steps at Israeli Zoo

A new rhinoceros calf has been taking its first steps at Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari zoo. According to Hebrew news site Mako, the baby rhino was born to Keren Peles, an adult...

Middle East

Suicide Bomber Rams US-Backed Forces at Syria Checkpoint

A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with US allies, locals said. The attack...