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Friday, April 03, 2020

Israel/World

Jewish Federations of North America Launches National Effort for Nonprofits in Crisis

(JNS) Following the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has announced a national program to help Jewish nonprofits access financial support made possible through the legislation.

Gov. Cuomo Renames State Hate-Crime Bill After Late Victim Of Chanukah Stabbing

(JNS) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that he will rename the state’s Domestic Terrorism Act after Yosef Neumann, who died on March 29 of the injuries he suffered three months earlier during a stabbing attack on the last night of Chanukah in Monsey, N.Y.

Cooperation Between Israel, Palestinians in Fighting Virus Applauded During UN Call

(JNS) The U.N. Security Council held its monthly discussion on the Middle East via a video conference this week.

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov opened the discussion by praising the recent cooperation

Pentagon Considers Keeping Paratroopers in Middle East Amid Iranian Threat

(JNS) The Pentagon is looking into keeping a reaction force of roughly 3,500 U.S. troops sent to the Middle East in January in response to Iranian-backed riots at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

The Daily Beast reported this week

Syria Claims It Shot Down Missiles Fired From Israeli Warplanes

(JNS) Syrian air defenses shot at missiles this week fired from Israeli warplanes and shot down some of them, Syrian state media said.

The jets fired missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace and targeted a Syrian army position, the outlet said according to a report by the Associated Press

The Marcos Katz Prize Will Be Awarded for the 45th Year

(Courtesy of Marcos Katz Prize) The Marcos Katz Prize will be awarded for the 45th year since the initiative by the late Marcos Katz and his wife, Adina, to award a prize seeking to encourage personalities and institutions working to implement and integrate Halacha into modern life. A few days ago, the period from which

Congrats to the Jewish Link Purim Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of The Jewish Link’s annual Purim costume contest:

1st place ($150 gift certificate to local restaurant): Moshe Parver.

2nd Place: ($100 gift certificate to local restaurant): Dr. Felix

WZC US Elections Reveal ‘Tectonic Shift’

Based on initial reports released this week, groups promoting observant religious practices in Israel will have a much larger role in the American delegation to the 2020 World Zionist Congress. This indicates a profound shift from five years ago, when liberal groups won a supermajority of delegates.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein Resigns Over Supreme Court Ruling

(JNS) Longtime Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned his post this week rather than implement a ruling by Israel’s High Court that the parliament must hold a vote to appoint a new speaker.

Addressing the Knesset in announcing his resignation, the Likud party member stated, “The Supreme Court of

FIDF Delivers Emergency Packages To Israeli Soldiers in Quarantine

(JNS) In light of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of IDF soldiers are being ordered to remain on base for an indefinite period of time to minimize their exposure. The IDF is taking such measures to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and maintain operational preparedness.

FIDF has implemented programs

24 American Olim Arrive on Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight

While much of the country comes to a halt, olim continue to arrive in Israel amidst global uncertainty.

(Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh) Twenty-four new olim recently landed at Ben Gurion airport through a Nefesh B’Nefesh group aliyah flight in cooperation with the

US to Designate New ISIS Leader as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’

(JNS) The U.S. State Department has announced that it intends to designate new Islamic State leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, or SDGT.

Al-Mawla succeeds