Saturday, March 24, 2018


‘More Than 10 Countries’ Mulling Jerusalem Embassy Move, Israel’s Hotovely Says

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) Israel is in talks with more than 10 countries that are currently considering following in the footsteps of the U.S. by announcing plans to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Monday.

Speaking to Israel Radio

Congress Passes Bill That Could Provide Relief for Synagogues Hit by Natural Disasters

(JNS) Legislation to grant houses of worship access to federal disaster relief funding passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure would provide significant assistance to synagogues in areas affected by natural disasters.

The Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness

Israeli Cities Scramble to Protect Shabbat Commerce With New Bylaws

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) Several local authorities throughout Israel on Monday began working on bylaws to counter a controversial bill that, if ratified, would give the country’s interior minister the authority to prevent commerce on Shabbat in certain cities. The bill has passed a first hearing in the Knesset.

In the central Israeli city of

Members of UN Security Council Demand Return of Remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul

On Friday, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honorable Irwin Cotler, addressed a special session of the United Nations Security Council on International Humanitarian Law and the repatriation of the remains of Hadar Goldin, abducted and murdered by Hamas in violation of a U.N.-mandated humanitarian ceasefire.

Netanyahu: US Moves Gave Israel Political Backing to Leave UNESCO

Prime Minister Netanyahu defended his decision Sunday to withdraw Israel from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of the organization’s anti-Israel bias.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said vocal support from the United

Trump Commutes Sentence of Sholom Rubashkin

President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who received 27 years behind bars for money laundering—the first time Trump has used the presidential power after nearly a year in office.

The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business

Shira Waltuch Loves Learning at Nishmat

Shira Waltuch is studying at The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Studies for Women (Nishmat) in the Pat neighborhood of Jerusalem. She grew up initially in Riverdale, moved to Teaneck at the age of 3, attended RYNJ for elementary school and Ma’ayanot for high school. She’s attended Camp

Mahwah Rescinds Ordinance at Heart of Eruv Lawsuit

At a council meeting last Thursday, December 14, the Mahwah council negated ordinances associated with its state lawsuit stemming from what was widely viewed as its discriminatory action against Orthodox Jews. The council rescinded Ordinance 1820 which was the ban on non-residents of Mahwah in town parks. The council also disavowed the proposed amendment on

US Is ‘Taking Names’ of Countries That Vote Against Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem

(JNS) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated Wednesday that the U.S. will be “taking names” of nations that vote in favor of a draft resolution in the U.N. General Assembly rejecting President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

NY Jewish Mother and Children Killed in Chanukah Fire Laid to Rest in Israel

(JNS) Thousands of people convened in the central Israeli city of Holon on Wednesday to attend the funeral of a Jewish mother and three children who were killed in a Brooklyn house fire this week.

Aliza Azan, 39, and three of her children—Moshe, 11, Yitzhak, 7, and Henrietta, 3—were

President Donald Trump Commutes Sentence of Shlomo Rubashkin

(JLNJ Staff) On Wednesday, the same day his administration celebrated the passage of his tax plan, President Donald J. Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the 

political spectrum, many of whom charged he was

Deputy Minister: No Surprises in Report on Obama-Hezbollah Ties

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) Israeli and foreign officials knew full well that former U.S. President Barack Obama had instructed the Drug Enforcement Administration to reign in operations against Hezbollah in order to facilitate efforts to achieve a nuclear deal with Iran, former Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told TPS. But