Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel for Ukrainian orphans

Several of the 100 orphans evacuated to Israel from Zhytomyr, Ukraine, celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. They were given tefillin sets and gift certificates for presents and new clothing. The girls had a B’not Mitzvah event last month.

Evidence of Jewish revolt against the Romans

Israeli archaeologists have discovered caves in the Tekoa valley that were refuge to Jewish rebels during the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans in the 2nd century CE. They found pottery and a silver coin showing the Temple and Bar Kochba’s initials.

The best of Jerusalem, as Israel turns 74

Nowhere can the contrast between Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) be seen than on the streets and sites of Jerusalem.

David Ben Gurion’s escape room

Imagine it's May 14, 1948, and David Ben Gurion has sent you to his room to collect a very important speech he needs to give. You are then trapped and must open 9 locks by solving clues & doing quizzes.  Already teaching about Israel’s history to students in NYC, Australia and the UK.

Especially excellent

Gal Shavi, 22, of Yavneh may have a disability, but he received the coveted President’s Award for Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the IDF and the State of Israel. Gal serves in the IDF’s “Special In Uniform” program, working at the warehouse department of Home Front Command’s Arad Base.

Outstanding Israelis

Seven Israelis received the 2021 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize at a special ceremony at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. The prize honors English-speaking Olim who have made a notable impact on Israeli society.

Aliya at 20-year high

Depending on the source of information, the number of new Israeli Olim (immigrants) in the 12 months prior to Yom Ha’Atzmaut was 38,000 (Jewish Agency) or 42,675 (Ministry of Immigration and Absorption). Either way, it was the highest level for two decades. Most came from Russia and Ukraine.

At 74, “no dream is out of reach”

This statement by Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe introduces several articles summarizing Israel’s positive future as a progressive, hi-tech, democratic, Jewish State.

Enjoy the airshow

If you missed the Israel Air Force Yom Ha’Atzmaut display and fly-past, watch it here.

Declaring a State – The Quorum that changed Jewish History

A new video by World Mizrachi of the historic events that led to the declaration of the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, 5th Iyar 5708.