healing teddies

“I never thought I could get excited by hugging a teddy bear,” exclaims Ziva Nusinker, a 44-year-old Israeli mother of two who recently finished treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Moments after the doctor explained that she will need regular check-ups and medication for the rest of her life, a volunteer...

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nakba day

Thousands of Palestinians participated in mass rallies in Gaza and the West Bank on Wednesday to commemorate “Nakba Day,” marking the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. At least 10,000 people flocked to the Gaza-Israeli border to take part in Hamas-orchestrated riots at several locations along the fence....

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eurovision 2019

Let’s be honest – in the Eurovision Song Contest, the music really isn’t the main attraction. That is, unless you’re a fan of pretty strange pop in Icelandic. Instead, the international competition is all about creativity, diversity, acceptance, and completely outlandish fashion. All these are now out in full force in Israel,...

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us embassy jerusalem

The United States and Israel celebrated the one year anniversary of the U.S relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at a ceremony hosted Tuesday by Jerusalem’s Friends of Zion Museum. In his address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the “indispensable alliance” with the United States and applauded...

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zahav

Zahav chef Michael Solomonov’s famed Israeli fusion restaurant in Philadelphia won the Outstanding Restaurant award at the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago on May 6. The Israeli-born restaurateur opened Zahav (Hebrew for “gold”) with partner Steve Cook in 2008 with the aim of putting Israeli-inspired dishes and Israeli-produced ingredients on...

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Photo By David Katz                                    The Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Southern Israel.

Israel has reopened its main border crossings with the Gaza Strip, as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement to restore calm in Israel’s south and to alleviate the suffering of Gaza’s civilian population. The Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings were reopened Sunday to allow for the import of goods, several...

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jason greenblatt

Jason Greenblatt, the United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, has blasted the UN Security Council for singling out Israel for discrimination just days after four Israelis were killed in the worst round of fighting between the Jewish State and Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza since the 2014 war. “Where...

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eurovision 2019

For everyone out there wondering what the fuss about the Eurovision Song Contest is all about, Sunday evening’s opening ceremony certainly provided a glamorous response. Hopeful contestants from the 41 participating countries walked down the orange carpet at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square in full battle dress, ready for the big win, and...

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jerusalem

The United States has announced the full implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and mandates the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the city. Even though the United States announced the move last year, U.S. President Donald Trump continued...

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traffic

As anyone who’s ever tried to reach Tel Aviv in rush hour knows, the traffic is a real pain. And it’s not only Tel Aviv – try getting into town almost anywhere across the country during peak hours and you’re most likely going to calculate whether it would be quicker...

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