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Friday, September 22, 2017

Israel/World

Israel’s Chief Rabbi: There Is No ‘Blacklist’ of 160 Diaspora Rabbis

At a time of heightened tension between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel over religious issues, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate sought to distance itself from a controversial alleged “blacklist” of 160 Diaspora rabbis.

A letter released from the office of Israel’s Ashkenazi

Netanyahu, Greenblatt Meet to Discuss Trump Plans for Peace Process

(TPS) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman Wednesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s ideas for kickstarting the moribund Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Ahead of the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office denied reports in the Arab media that Israel agreed to “slow

In Rare Show of Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation, PA Unveils Its First Power Station

(JNS.org) In a rare show of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz both attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of Jenin in the disputed territories to inaugurate the first Palestinian-owned power station.

UN Report Suggests Gaza May Become ‘Unlivable’; Israel Blames Hamas

(JNS.org) A new report by the United Nations said the Gaza Strip may become “unlivable” by 2020, while Israel said the Palestinian terror group Hamas is largely to blame for the situation.

According to the report, the population in Gaza is growing faster than the coastal territory’s

Israel’s Former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau Will Retire

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel’s former chief rabbi, is set to retire from public service and his role as Tel Aviv’s chief rabbi.

The rabbi, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was legally required to leave public service at the age of 75, but has been able to continue to serve after the Chief

YU ‘Summer Camp’ Bridges Gap Between Israel and the Diaspora

Jerusalem—Highlighting its crucial role in the lives of Israeli youth at risk, Yeshiva University’s Counterpoint Israel Program kicked off its 12th consecutive year with a communal bar mitzvah ceremony in the Old City of Jerusalem for 13 grade-school students from the development town of

Jewish School in the UK Faces Closure for Not Teaching About Transgenderism

(JLNJ Staff) Vishnitz Girls School, an independent Orthodox Jewish primary school located in Hackney, North London, teaches approximately 212 girls from the ages of 3 to 11. On May 10, the school failed its third Ofsted inspection because they do not teach their students about LGBTQ issues; Ofsted (the Office for Standards in

ACHI Launches Klee Shabbat

ACHI, American Communities Helping Israel, has partnered with congregations across America and Canada to launch Klee Shabbat. The Klee Project was created to counter BDS and change its meaning to Buy-Display-Support Israel. The Klee is a dish to be filled and refilled with Israeli products, proudly displayed in every home,

Charedi Leaders: Don’t Sit in US and Interfere With Religion in Israel

United Torah Judaism leader MK Moshe Gafni stated bluntly on Monday that the Charedi parties would not accept a situation in which the Reform and Conservative movements try to change the status quo on religion through petitions to the High Court of Justice.

Gafni, along with Shas Chairman

Construction to Begin on Lebanon Border Wall

(TPS) Israeli media reported Sunday that the IDF is expected to start construction of a wall on the Israeli-Lebanese border within the next month. The initial stage of the wall will be built from Rosh Hanikra, at the northwest corner of Israel, running around 12 kilometers east to Hanita and from Misgav Am to Metula.

Israel Attempting to Thwart Latest Anti-Israel Motion at UNESCO

(JNS.org) The Israeli government is advancing an effort to thwart the latest anti-Israel initiative at the United Nations cultural body, UNESCO.

The new motion would deny Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and label Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, a Jewish holy site, as an endangered world

US and Israel Ink New Cybersecurity Pact

(JNS.org) The U.S. and Israel announced a pact to establish a cybersecurity working group.

The new working group will be led by Rob Joyce, special assistant to President Donald Trump and cybersecurity coordinator, and Dr. Eviatar Matania, director of the National Cyber Bureau at the Israeli