Students unearth 2000-year-old Jewish town

240 students from Boyer High School in Jerusalem are funding a future trip to the Poland death camps by helping archeologists uncover an ancient Jewish town near Beit Shemesh.  So far, they have revealed eight purification baths, wells, stone tools and escape tunnels from the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans.

UK Chief Rabbi inducts my new Rabbi

Rabbi Boruch Boudilovsky was formally inducted as the new Rabbi of my synagogue – the Young Israel of North Netanya (YINN). UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis performed the induction, arriving after attending Jerusalem Day events in the capital.

50 years since the Six-Day War

The liberation of Jerusalem wasn’t the only incredible event that happened during the June 1967 battles. The Egyptian surrender on seeing a mirage of Israeli tanks. The Jordanian army who mistook Israeli tanks for Iraqi reinforcements. And the bigger picture of the few who defeated the many.

US President’s visit to Israel

“The ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal. They date back thousands of years, including the reign of King David whose star now flies proudly on Israel's white and blue flag."  US President Donald J Trump 23/5/17.

United Jerusalem as told by its residents

This video shows the diversity of Israel’s capital city. Jewish and Arab soccer players, a Hebrew University student, a chef, a director of Mobileye, a museum director, a Bar Mitzvah boy, a Christian Aramaic architect, and Jewish and Arab paramedic “blood brothers”.

Jerusalem Day light show

Videos of the celebratory light show on Jerusalem’s city walls. Yerushalayim Shel Zahav: (1 min 31 sec) Lach Yerushalayim: (2 min 40 sec) 6-Day War Sound and Light: (2 min 37 sec) Hi-tech - using drones? (22 min 53 sec) Full set:

How to have a successful Aliya

The sixth of a series of (mostly serious) articles from ex-Montreal comedian Lex (Alexandra Markus).  She says they worked for her, but will depend on each person.  Includes links to the previous five articles.  Alexandra won the Hasby “Defender of Israel” award in July 2016.

UK religious leaders pray at Western Wall

The UK’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was joined by UK Chief Rabbi Ephaim Mirvis for prayers at the Western Wall.  Mirvis described “a unique moment in history,” as the two religious leaders toured the Old City of Jerusalem and visited Yad Vashem.

Bible quiz winner is from secular school

On Israel’s Independence Day, 15-year-old Sagiv Lugasi, from the ORT Sci-Tech high school in Maalot, won Israel’s annual contest - the first secular contestant to win since the 1980s. The Bible in Israel is a shared national document. Each soldier gets a copy upon joining the army.

Israel’s first interactive hiking path

Israel is constructing the “Sanhedrin Trail” - its first “smart” hiking trail - between Tiberias and Beit Sheʽarim National Park in the Lower Galilee.  It will feature an augmented reality-based smartphone app that will reconstruct heritage sites and bring to life historical biblical scholars.