Technology reveals ancient Judean village

Over 2600 years old, the vanished village of Beit Lehi-Beit Loya is re-emerging, southwest of Jerusalem. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology and a 360-degree UVU drone-mounted 4K camera have revealed 20% of the village and some amazing remains. Visit it on-line.

World’s largest Hanukah menorah is now in Jerusalem

The world’s biggest Hanukah menorah (Hanukiyah) has been erected on top of the Hadar Mall in Jerusalem. At 11 meters tall and 56 meters wide, it can be seen from any outside location in the capital. The previous record (candle) holder was in New York City.

Or Gadol – a great light

Recorded last year, but appropriate for Chanukah - the Jewish festival of lights. Israel’s Koolulam gathered hundreds of people in Jerusalem for a few hours just to sing together.

Helping French Jews settle in

Israel’s Ministry of Education has launched “Feel at Home” – a program specific to the needs of young Olim from France. It aims to increase and ease their integration into Israeli society with after-school activities for children, projects promoting leadership and study enrichment centers.

Ancient mask connects Israel to birth of civilization

Israeli archaeologists discovered a Neolithic 9,000-year-old stone mask - one of only 15 in the world - at Pnei Hever in Judea. Experts link stone masks to the transition from hunting and gathering into a domestic farming economy with ritual-religious activities.

Local evidence of Babylonian exile

Just north of Netanya, Israel, a cuneiform tablet has been discovered documenting the sale of slaves, in the Biblical Land of Israel. The Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) fell to the Assyrians around 722 BCE and the ten northern Tribes of Israel were exiled as slaves to Babylon.

Kosovo would move its embassy to Jerusalem – if it had one

Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, said that were his country to have an embassy in Israel, he would put it in Jerusalem. Israel and Kosovo (a majority Muslim country) have warm relations but currently do not have formal diplomatic ties.

Jerusalem’s Yemenite synagogue

In 1885, Jews from Yemen built a synagogue in the village of Shiloah (Silwan), right outside Jerusalem's Old City. The British evacuated the Jews during the 1936-9 Arab riots and the Jordanian army destroyed the synagogue in 1948. It is now being rebuilt and discoveries are being made.

Haifa’s Reali School celebrates 105 years

This leading prestigious educational institution boasts graduates of the highest caliber who have shaped the State of Israel. Students from the Hadar branch chose the project of translating VeryGoodNewsIsrael in fulfillment of the school’s vision which is about encouraging caring and involvement in Israeli society. בית הספר הריאלי העברי בחיפה חוגג 105 שנה. לבית הספר שורה רחבה של בוגרים שתרמו ומשפיעים על עיצוב דמותה של מדינת ישראל. תלמדי הראלי בסניף תיכון הדר, בחרו להשתתף בפרויקט תרגום של "חדשות טובות ישראל" כהגשמת חזון בית הספר – "להיות מוסד חינוכי איכותי, מוביל ומתווה דרך, המכוון את תלמידיו להיות בני אדם מעורבים ומשפיעים בחברה הישראלית".

Excavating Biblical Judean town

During an excavation in Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh, Hebrew University Professor Yosef Garfinkel uncovered the Biblical city Sha’arayim. Using carbon dating, he proved that the fortified city (in books of Joshua and Samuel) was part of King David’s Kingdom of Judah.