January 22, 2014 RSS feed / Mideast

Israel to spend big on Jewish identity

DIASPORA

The Israeli government plans to invest more than $1-billion over the next 20 years to strengthen the Jewish identity of Diaspora Jews.  The Jerusalem Post reported that the initiative, to be developed and implemented jointly with overseas Jewish More...

Iron Dome intercepts rockets

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired from Gaza over the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in the early-morning attacks.  More...

Meet the bureaucrat who decides who can marry in the Jewish state

JERUSALEM—To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate.  Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. More...

Israelis among top award winners

LITERARY PRIZES…

Authors Yossi Klein Halevi, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Ari Shavit were among the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.  More...

Netanyahu talks peace with Abdullah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Amman to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan.  At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to the Prime More...