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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Israel/World

‘Anti-Semitism Has No Place in Congress’

U.S. President Donald Trump: “She [Omar] should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Both the president and the vice president of the United States reprimanded Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for recent anti-Semitic

US Envoy: Mideast Peace Plan Not Finished, Not Very Long

(JNS) U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt shot down a Fox News report claiming that the administration’s peace plan was complete and had gotten the endorsement of the president.

According to the Fox News report, which is based on two senior administration

Chabad of South Korea Completing Construction of First-Ever Mikvah

(Israel Hayom/JNS) Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Seoul, South Korea, are completing the first-ever mikvah built in the country. Jewish women seeking ritual-bath services have thus far had to travel quite a distance—to China or Japan. The beach was also an option, though an awkward

Rabbinical Court Tells Egged to Fire Worker for Refusing to Grant Divorce

(Jerusalem Post) The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court has issued a decision instructing the Egged bus company to fire one of its employees within 30 days because of his refusal to grant a divorce to his wife.

Even before the couple in question came to Israel several years ago, the husband had been violent

The Lone Soldier Center Hosts First-Ever Spa Night for Male Soldiers

Over 100 male lone soldiers were recently treated to an evening of relaxation and pampering at The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin in Jerusalem.

Specialists volunteered their time providing therapeutic massages, facials, yoga and meditation, haircuts, cranial massages,

Trump Denounces Iran, Anti-Semitism; Recognizes Holocaust Survivors in SOTU Speech

As part of his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the threats posed by Iran and anti-Semitism.

“My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. The radical regime in Iran is a

Sarah Berman Is Living the Life at MMY

Sarah Berman is studying at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) in the Baka neighborhood of Jerusalem. She grew up in Teaneck, attended Yeshivat Noam for elementary school and Ma’ayanot for high school. Her family davens at Rinat Yisrael. In the summers she attended Camp Dina and Camp Mesorah

Elan Carr Named Anti-Semitism Envoy

(JNS) After a 21-month-long vacancy awaiting the appointment of the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the Trump administration has picked Iraq War veteran and attorney Elan Carr to fill the position.

“I hope I make the difference. At the end of the day, all

Sen. Cory Booker Has Mixed Record on Israel

(JNS) Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has announced that he is entering the 2020 presidential race.

Since being elected to the Senate, his record on Israel has been mixed at best.

In 2016, Booker labeled BDS as an “anti-Jewish movement” and last year co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. However, this week he voted against the

Senate Passes Bipartisan Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Bill

(JNS) The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation this week that, if enacted, would impose fresh sanctions on Syria, boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan, and allow state and local governments the right to punish state or local contractors from engaging in boycotting Israel. It also includes an amendment that warned against a

Netanyahu and Putin to Meet in Moscow on Iranian Threat

(JNS) Despite tensions between their home countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 21 in Moscow, where the two are expected to discuss the Iranian threat.

“It’s very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in

Popular Shalva Band To Perform at Eurovision & Avoid Shabbat Issues

(JNS) The Shalva group, a beloved Israeli band featuring musicians with special needs, has dropped out of the Eurovision Song contest in May because compulsory rehearsals for the Saturday night finals will take place on Shabbat. They will perform during the semi-finals, which do not take place on Shabbat.