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JANUARY 25, 2018 - Vice President Mike Pence is using his trip to the Middle East this week as an opportunity to tout the Trump administration’s recent policy changes on Jerusalem. “This trip could be looked at as a victory lap” for Pence, said Joshua Teitelbaum, senior research fellow at Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 - Lifelong community activist and noted businessman James ‘Jimmy’ Slovin of Foxborough has been named Major Gifts Officer for the Massachusetts Chapter of March of the Living, an annual educational and inspirational program that brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 – BOSTON – Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s Jewish federation, has selected Rabbi Marc Baker to become its next president and chief executive officer. Baker, 42, who has served as the head of school at Gann Academy in Waltham for the past 11 years, will succeed Barry Shrage as the nonprofit’s top executive Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 – An interfaith gathering hosted last summer by a Reform synagogue in Lexington that featured Muslim religious and civic leaders from Greater Boston, has been the subject of a fierce and relentless debate by some Jews in the Greater Boston area. Six months after the event, a public clash of words over Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 – Israel has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful and innovative countries in the world in two separate surveys published this week by major American media outlets. In its survey of the world’s most powerful countries, US News and World Report ranked Israel as the eighth-most-powerful nation based upon its Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 – A US official on Tuesday urged the Lebanese government to sever all financial ties with the Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah. “[America urges] Lebanon to take every possible measure to ensure [Hezbollah] is not part of the financial sector,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea, according to a statement Read More

JANUARY 25, 2018 – January is the time when you tend to see some English speakers in Jerusalem ambling around the city like they’re sleepwalking. Dark rings around their eyes, listless, sometimes mumbling to themselves. But what’s troubling them isn’t the Iranian threat, the cost of living, or the criminal probes of their prime minister Read More

JANUARY 11, 2018 - SWAMPSCOTT – Across the North Shore and New England, there are few who can match Mark Gelfand’s passion to educate children in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM. Because of Gelfand, thousands of children in Ethiopia and Israel are enrolled in STEM schools and centers that the Read More

by RAFAEL MEDOFF JNS.org JANUARY 11, 2018 – Many major Jewish organizations are expressing support for the idea of reducing US aid to the Palestinians after President Donald Trump mentioned the possibility of a cut in a tweet this week. Earlier this month, the president wrote, “We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Read More

JANUARY 11, 2018 – JERUSALEM – Nefesh B’Nefesh, or Jewish Souls United, a nonprofit that facilitates making Aliyah, recently assisted 196 people from the United States and Canada move to Israel. The Dec. 26 flight brought the total number of North American Olim to 3,633 in 2017. During this past year, Nefesh B’Nefesh facilitated 19 Read More