Israel Update

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

Tragedy at Pride Parade; Pollard to be Freed: Israel Update

Former American Navy intelligence analyst and Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is scheduled for release in November following completion of a thirty-year prison sentence. Both Pollard’s lawyers and the American government maintain that the announcement has nothing to do with easing ... More >

Iran Deal Scrutiny; Netanya "Miracle": Israel Update

The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati released a statement today expressing grave concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. It begins: "The Jewish Community Relations Council and the .... More >

Iran Deal Aftermath; Holy Land Hip Hop: Israel Update

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On Tuesday, Iran and the P5+1 group reached a deal; the controversial agreement aims to limit Iran’s nuclear ability over the next decade while lifting international sanctions on Iran (read deal overview). The 109-page agreement has ... More >

Hostage Crisis, Iran Deadline Missed: Israel Update

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Two Israelis are being held in Gaza: Avraham Mengistu (28) and a young Bedouin man whose information was not provided. Mengistu crossed into Gaza in September through a fence damaged in last summer’s fighting, the other man ... More >

Israel in OTR: Israel Update

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Mayor John Cranley announced that Netanya, Israel, will become Cincinnati’s 10th sister city. Netanya has been a longtime partnership (P2G) city with Cincinnati's Jewish community (learn more). Cincinnati's new sister city relationship with Netanya ... More >