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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Israel/World

Uber Banned From Operating in Israel

(JNS.org) The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that Uber must end its rideshare services in Israel as of Nov. 29, following an appeal brought by the app’s competitor, Gett, as well as the Israel Taxi Drivers Association.

Uber, which operates in more than 160 cities worldwide and allows private

Pence: Trump ‘Actively Considering’ Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

(JNS.org) Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge the president has yet to fulfill.

“President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in

Reform Movement Tour Provider Dropped From Birthright Israel

(David Rosenberg/Arutz Sheva) A trip-provider affiliated with the Reform Movement has been dropped from Birthright Israel’s list of authorized tour agencies, Haaretz reported.

Taglit-Birthright Israel, which has brought over 600,000 young Jews to visit Israel since 1999 and is best known for

MKs Demand Lift of Temple Mount Ban

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) MKs Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) have petitioned the Knesset to annul a two-year-old decision restricting MKs from visiting the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Netanyahu unilaterally barred MK visits to the site in 2015 following several violent incidents in and around Eastern

Ayeka Receives Grant to Expand Programming in Jewish Schools Across the US

(Courtesy of Ayeka) Jerusalem—Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has received a four-year major grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation to expand Ayeka’s groundbreaking Soulful Professional Development program in Jewish day schools in North America. The grant is one of several recently awarded by

ALEH’s Mini Motorized Wheelchairs Empower Israeli Toddlers With Disabilities

(Courtesy of ALEH) Jerusalem—At the beginning of November, ALEH (www.aleh.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, launched a new empowerment project at its residential facility in Jerusalem that provides toddlers with specially designed motorized wheelchairs, allowing them to take

Inbal Jerusalem Hotel Hosts Third Annual Soup Festival

The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel will launch is third annual soup festival pop-up concept restaurant. The rich, all-you-can-eat soup buffet runs from November through April at the Inbal’s Sophia Cafe and costs 65 NIS per person. For the first time, the menu will now offer guests some dairy-free and gluten-free soup options catering to

Naama Schwartz Is Making the Most of MMY

Naama Schwartz is studying at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim in Jerusalem. She grew up in Edison, attended RPRY and Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion for elementary school, and Bruriah for high school. Her family davens at Congregation Ohr Torah (OT).

Her next stop? Yeshiva University’s Stern College

PA Freezes All Meetings With US

Palestinian Authority officials announced Tuesday they had suspended meetings with the U.S. following a quarrel with President Donald Trump’s administration over the future of their representative office in Washington. The announcement came on the same day the leading Palestinian Arab political factions began talks in Cairo aimed

Israeli Energy Minister Reveals Jewish State’s Covert Ties With Saudi Arabia

(JNS.org) Israel has maintained covert contact with Saudi Arabia regarding Iran and other areas of common interest, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed Sunday.

Although high-ranking Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have often spoken in general terms

Parole Board Turns Down Hamas Prisoner for Release as Group Retains Bodies of Israeli Soldiers

(TPS) The Israel Prison Services Parole Board has denied the request of a Hamas security prisoner for early release, citing, among other reasons, the fact that Hamas is holding the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in the 2014 Gaza War.

The

Defense Ministry Asks for Billions to Combat Growing Security Threats

(TPS) Citing increased security threats, in particular the situation in Syria, Hezbollah’s acquirement of guided missiles and Iran’s military growth and expansionism, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called Monday for an additional NIS 4.8 billion in military spending over the next three years.