Israel Update

Our own, up-to-the-minute, weekly brief on Israel by Shep Englander, our CEO, and Jackie Congedo, Director of the JCRC. It's a five-minute-read; our goals are insight, objectivity, and careful curation of the most important, relevant, and current news.

Israel improves Latin American ties; Russian reassurances: Israel Update

The fact that the presidents of three important countries in Latin America publicly embraced Israel is a sign of the Jewish state's rising stature in the region and the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Mexico City on Thursday, wrapping up his visit to Argentina,…

Israel conducts largest ever military drill: Israel Update

Israeli jets have bombed a government facility in the northwest of Syria believed to be associated with Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, according to the Guardian. The air raid on the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre near the town of Masyaf took place overnight. An…

Israeli Amb. motivates Jewish Cincy; Israel aids Houston: Israel Update  

Israel's Supreme Court sent a clear message to the government Thursday to reconsider the decision to suspend a plan to create a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. “There was a deal, people worked on it, and then the government comes and says it doesn't exist. This raises…

Cincinnati HUC-JIR student body searched at Kotel: Israel Update  

Four female students from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, including two Americans, were asked to lift their shirts and skirts for security before being allowed to enter the Western Wall plaza. The four said they were questioned and pulled aside into a private room.…

Israelis respond to Charlottesville; Cincy-Israel emissary: Israel Update

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expresses his solidarity with the American Jewish community following the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. Moreover, Israeli politicians called on the US government to respond firmly to white supremacist movements. “There…