Israel unveils monument to fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day

(JTA) — The Israeli Defense Ministry unveiled a new memorial in Jerusalem to the 23,000 fallen Israeli soldiers.

The site, revealed just days before Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, will be marked on Sunday evening. It is located in Mount Herzl national cemetery and next to the country’s Holocaust memorial...
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6 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes with Israeli troops

(JTA) — Six Palestinians were wounded in a series of clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

The clashes Friday came amid a so-called day of rage in support of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, The Times of Israel reported.

In the village...
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A US government body on religious freedom is accused of going easy on Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department’s most recent religious freedoms report includes more than 1,400 words on access to holy sites in Israel.

The most recent report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has zero words on access – or on anything to do...
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Fed up with Shabbat laws, secular Israelis fund bus service to the beach


TEL AVIV (JTA) – These secular Israelis are done playing by the rules on Shabbat. They’re going to the beach.

Noa Tnua, a tiny Tel Aviv busing cooperative, has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of shekels to dramatically expand its service to the coast on the weekends, when most of the...
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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to commission Elie Wiesel bust in Capitol

(JTA) — Two Congress members introduced a bipartisan bill to commission a bust of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who died last year.

Reps. Steve Cohen, D-TN., and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL., introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on Friday.

Wiesel, an activist against racism...
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Israeli police question second American businessman in Netanyahu corruption probe

(JTA) — Israeli police reportedly questioned Jewish-American businessman Spencer Patrich as part of a corruption investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Haaretz reported Friday that the police have interviewed Patrich, a real estate investor who lives in Michigan. Police also have reportedly questioned Arnon Milchan, a Los Angeles filmmaker,...
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GiveNOLA Day campaign underway

The 24-hour event GiveNOLA Day will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. This annual giving program is presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and encourages all community members to contribute to their favorite causes. One can simply chose as many non-profits on the list and donate...
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National Council of Jewish Women Celebrated 120 Years of Dedicated Service


NEW ORLEANS – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Greater New Orleans Section celebrated a major milestone – – 120 years of service, social justice and advocacy in the Greater New Orleans Area.  NCJW achievements and the women who have led the organization over the decades were honored...
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JCDS Invites the Community to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut

Jewish Community Day School is dedicated to creating positive connections to the people, culture, language, and State of Israel! Sixty-nine years ago, a modern miracle occurred; the creation of the modern State of Israel. Following one of the most horrific ordeals of its long history, the Jewish people, and their...
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Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt to make history lighting Israel Independence Day torch

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish-American investor and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt has been selected as one of two Diaspora Jews to light an official torch at the state Israel Independence Day ceremony.

Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, will join Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,...
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