You’re Invited: Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

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While there is certainly no substitute for spending time in Israel –after all, what could be – the Twin Cities annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration is a close replica. This year’s event – celebrating Israel’s 71st birthday – is Sunday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the St. Paul JCC. The event is funded by the […]

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The Trouble With Writing About Gaza

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JERUSALEM – Early morning on Monday, March 25, a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed a house, home to a British-Israeli family of seven, in a town north of Tel Aviv. While the rocket was in flight, most of the town didn’t hear the red alarm and didn’t head for the bomb shelters. But by pure […]

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WATCH: Israeli Spacecraft Land On The Moon

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The lunar lander Beresheet is expected to land on the moon at between 2 and 3 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 11. Beresheet is a joint mission of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, and if successful, Beresheet will be both the first Israeli and first privately funded spacecraft to land softly on the moon’s surface. […]

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How To Follow Israeli Election Coverage

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For many American Jews, having Israel be part of Jewish identity means an obsession with following the intimate details of a country 6,000 miles away. Whether good or bad, that’s just the way it is, and even non-Jewish news sources spend a lot of time poring over Israel. But what’s the best way to be […]

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How Netanyahu Wins Again

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The headlines are already written, and the digital ink is dry on the results for Israel’s 2019 national elections on April 9. Some version of “Netanyahu re-elected despite corruption charges,” will be plastered across Israel and even around the world. Before jumping to opinions or analysis about what that result would mean, first we have […]

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Primer For Israel’s Upcoming Elections

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JERUSALEM – You can love it or you can hate it, but Israel is a massive player in the global political arena. Recently voted the 8th most powerful country in the world, the Jewish state is a technological, economic, and military powerhouse of stability in a region better known for chaos and bloody dictators like […]

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Chaos, Confrontation Mark Women Of The Wall’s 30th Anniversary

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JERUSALEM–For a moment, it was thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters against three non-Orthodox women at the Western Wall. Rachel Schwartz, 22, a student at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, struggled against the mob with two older women. The three had come for a prayer service with Women of the Wall, the feminist, cross-denominational group of activists […]

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