2023-07-12 E-Edition

Russia hints at prisoner swap possibility for jailed Jewish journalist Evan Gershkovich

The Kremlin has said for the first time that it has held discussions with U.S. officials regarding a possible prisoner exchange involving the Jewish American journalist Evan Gershkovich, who has been held in a Russian prison since March. The U.S. ambassador to Russia visited Gershkovich, marking the first time a consular official has been able to meet with him since […]

Cong. Beth El celebrates Juneteenth with special event

Cong. Beth El in Voorhees celebrated its second annual Juneteenth program on Monday, June 19; with over 100 people attending. Achim Sheli: My Brothers and Sisters, the congregation’s Jews of Color and their allies, coordinates this special program each year. In welcoming participants, Rabbi David Englander, senior rabbi, said, “I am proud that Beth El continues to lead the way […]

South Jersey ‘shaped’ new BBYO Genesis Fellow


AGE: 24 HOMETOWN: Voorhees FAMILY: Parents Robin, James; Brother Matt FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers FAVORITE FOOD: Poke bowls FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Survivor” Isaac Rudofker, associate regional director at BBYO, is one of 12 people taking part in BBYO’s inaugural Genesis Fellowship. It’s a paid, full-time two-year program in which a select group of people from around the country are […]

JFCS & CH Library team up for Pride event

In June, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) partnered with the Cherry Hill Public Library for a Pride Month film screening and panel discussion. At the program were (bottom row, from left), Beth Wynne, JFCS associate executive director; and Raechel Hammer, JFCS executive director; with (top, from left), Suzanne Fox of the Cherry Hill Public Library; David Fleisher, Cherry Hill […]


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Raab/Goodwin recognizes student leaders and volunteers

On June 21, the Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Raab/Goodwin Center held its end-of-the-year Appreciation Event. Thank you to all the volunteers for an impactful school year. Honored were the Josiah DuBois Award and Junior Upstander Award winners for their commitment to making the community and world a better place by helping those in need and choosing to be an […]

Tired of long waits, hefty fees and unexplained rejections, Israelis hope the US will lift visa requirements

TEL AVIV—Bar Shelly is hoping that the fourth time’s the charm when it comes to gaining entry into the United States. The 24-year-old first applied for a visa in 2019, shortly after his release from the Israeli military. He tried again in 2021 and 2022 and was refused each time. People from 40 countries can enter the United States without […]

BBC apologizes for anchor saying, ‘Israeli forces are happy to kill children’

The BBC has apologized for an on-air interview in which one of its anchors told former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that “Israeli forces are happy to kill children.” The journalist, Anjana Gadgil, was interviewing Bennett about the Israel Defense Forces’ incursion into the Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin. Twelve Palestinians, including a number of children, and one Israeli […]