The Jerusalem Report

The Jerusalem Report is an editorially independent biweekly newsmagazine that offers original journalism from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Founded in 1990, The Jerusalem Report consistently aims to bridge the gaps between Israel and the Diaspora, and honestly assess Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors.

Israel and American liberals

No doubt most American Jewish liberals are disgusted with President Trump – not only his administration’s policies, but also his insolence and dishonesty.

By ROBERT HORENSTEIN
17/10/2019
Round 2: Israelis face another election, with more uncertainty

Fasten your seat belts because we may be heading for a period of unprecedented turbulence in Israeli politics.

By MARK WEISS
12/09/2019
Poetry: a neglected art?

It is known that there is a dearth of publishing opportunities for English-language writers in Israel.

A gripping spy thriller about Jews and Israel, hate and love

The Way Back promises to pull its readers into a beautifully written web of smugglers and spies, Israel and the Middle East – and it fulfills this promise.

11/07/2019
‘Promised Land’ tells the story of a love triangle in the nascent state

The wholly convincing interweaving of fiction with historical fact makes Promised Land a compulsive read, and we are left wondering about how life pans out for the main characters.

Facing facts: we must learn to live together and live separately

The economies of Israel and the Palestinians are intertwined as is the cheek-by-jowl proximity of neighborhoods, villages and settlements.

A Window to the World: Jews and sled dogs

The famous Iditarod race in Alaska raises ethical questions.

To find success, play chess

David Berman believes that learning the ancient board game at an early age can be life-changing.

By MICHELLE LOWENSTEIN , STEVE LINDE
11/07/2019
Days of Outrage

Knesset Member Pnina Tamano-Shata of Blue and White, a member of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, condemned the violence but said the outburst of rage followed years of pent-up frustration.

By MARK WEISS
11/07/2019
Israel is not Italy

It would take a cataclysmic change similar to the end of the Cold War – for example, a universal Middle East peace – to change the Israeli political landscape.

By AMIEL UNGAR
11/07/2019
The Fourth of July

As a Jewish Confederate Boy Scout in the 1940s and early ’50s, I first learned about the KKK.

By DAVID GEFFEN
11/07/2019
14 Days: PILGRIMS’ PATH

Top Israeli and American officials, including US Ambassador David Friedman and Special Representative Jason Greenblatt, attended the opening on June 30 of Jerusalem’s Pilgrimage Road,

10/07/2019
Barak’s return

Whether or not you support Ehud Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier is no idiot.

10/07/2019
The Land and the Book

So what has turned this small stretch of much-contested real estate into the object of millennial Jewish longing and the keystone of Jewish identity?

By TIBOR KRAUSZ
28/06/2019
Books: A citizen diplomat reflects

‘Bucharest Diary’ is a vivid memoir by a former US envoy to Romania.

By NORMAN EISEN
28/06/2019
Books: The Cut-Out Girl

Now in her 80s, the protagonist opens up to the sympathetic writer about the horrors of the Holocaust in the Netherlands.

How it really was – and is: Who’s meshugge anyway?

My blessed Yiddishe mother used to ask, when something was weirder than real life, in Yiddish of course, “Am I meshugge, or he is meshugge?”

Rafi Nave: Hi-tech pioneer

I am fortunate to share an office at the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Institute with Rafi Nave, a hi-tech pioneer whose career spans four decades.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
28/06/2019
The changing Palestinian diet

“A big part of Ramadan is the hospitality we give to others and…one of the big purchases (Muslims here) make is sweetened soft drinks which are very unhealthy,” Barakat told The Jerusalem Report.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
27/06/2019
Name: Becca Wertman, ID: Fighting boycotts

“I knew that the Canadian government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had come out a number of times against BDS, even referring to the campaigns as a ‘new form of antisemitism in the world.’

By JOSH ARONSON
27/06/2019
The cousin connection… across continents

One of the biggest concerns about making aliyah is that your children won’t be surrounded by the scores of cousins they are used to sharing birthdays, family celebrations and holidays with each year.

By ALIYA BENITA LEVIN
27/06/2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate

The story of Moe Berg, the US spy who wanted to be sent to Israel

The Jewish Confederates

On July 3, the United States will mark the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a decisive engagement in the American Civil War.

By NAIM PERESS
27/06/2019
14 Days: US-IRAN TENSION

Trump announced on June 22 that the US would impose “major” additional sanctions on Iran in a bid to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons, and pressure its leadership to change course.

27/06/2019
From the Editor: Captain Appel

His connection with Zionism was reinforced while serving in the Royal Scots Greys cavalry, when he was sent to Mandate Palestine to fight with a saber and rifle on horseback.

27/06/2019
Alice Shalvi's memoir is an inspiring gift

Her journey, from Germany to Israel via England, has been a full one so far, packed with accomplishments, lessons, contributions, loves, losses and regrets.

By HAVIVA NER-DAVID
13/06/2019
The cost of chaos

There is enormous creative energy in Israel. While politicians play games, scientists continue to do pathbreaking research, and entrepreneurs continue to launch thousands of new start-ups.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
13/06/2019
Ticho – a capital classic

Ticho House is a popular tourist attraction and art gallery in downtown Jerusalem.

By MORDECHAI BECK
13/06/2019
Sitting in the ‘driver’s seat of Jewish destiny’

Newly appointed AJC President Harriet Schleifer discusses mounting global antisemitism and fighting for Israel in the corridors of power.

13/06/2019
An exciting Shavuot food festival in the U.S.

Over 2,000 schoolchildren and youth group members were invited to be the bearers of the first-fruit offerings.

By DAVID GEFFEN
13/06/2019
Ruderman’s dual challenge

The prominent philanthropist talks about improving ties between US Jews and Israel, and advancing the rights of people with disabilities.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
13/06/2019
Viewpoint: Why we need new communities

Communal life is a vital component to maintaining Jewish identity, and so Jewish intentional communities – whereby people congregate around a social action – have been on the rise around the world.

By RABBI AHARON ARIEL LAVI
13/06/2019
That’s different!

I transitioned from virtual estrangement from Judaism to an observant lifestyle in Jerusalem, then gradually abandoned some of the mitzvot and settled into a compromise between extremes.

By SHLOMO DROR
13/06/2019
Arabesque Fest

The festival brings together Jewish and Arab musicians in a celebration of music.

By COURTESY
13/06/2019
14 days: FIRST LADY, Nechama Rivlin

FIRST LADY President Reuven Rivlin kisses the coffin of his wife, Nechama, at the Jerusalem Theater on June 5, before her funeral on Mount Herzl.

13/06/2019
Liberman’s revenge

“Avigdor Liberman is now part of the Left,” said a fuming Netanyahu, using his worst curse word.

13/06/2019
The fascinating life of Israeli poet Ricky Rapoport Friesem

The immigrant couple found themselves without birth and marriage certificates, college transcripts, photograph albums, books and other mementos. They had to start life anew like refugees.

By ORA CUMMINGS
31/05/2019
Big deficit yet no inflation. What's behind the great money mystery?

The demand for workers grows, but wages don't increase too. This is because of the two new phenomena of globalization and technology.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
31/05/2019
Israeli poet expresses emotion, comradeship amid attacks

Ricky Rapoport Friesem's book Gimme Shelter touches upon bomb shelters, Independence Day and Israel nostalgia.

The apprenticeship of Aviv Kochavi

A corporate executive’s aborted nomination as the IDF’s spokesman underscores the travails of Israel’s media relations

How it really was: Eliyahu the prophet, in snow and sun

The story of Rabbi Jacob Sonderling and a special Shabbat during World War I.

My Isaac Ochberg story: How I found long-lost family in Argentina

"I’ve always known I had family living there, but until now I had never met any of them."

By PAULA SLIER
29/05/2019
Dr Marc Brettler - Bible scholar

How did it feel for a Jewish boy from Brooklyn who lives half the year in Jerusalem to meet the Pope?

Israel’s judicial debate

Chief Justice Esther Hayut stressed the importance of an independent judiciary at a Nuremberg conference.

By AMIEL UNGAR
28/05/2019
A salute to Machal

In Israel’s fateful War of Independence, thousands of volunteers came from 59 countries to fight with their brethren and played a pivotal role in winning the war.

By SMOKY SIMON
28/05/2019
South Africa’s May election

What do the election results mean for Jewish South Africans?

14 Days: Eurovision Win

Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands accepts the trophy from Israel’s Netta Barzilai after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 19.

28/05/2019
Yehoshua’s appeal

Yehoshua, 82, dubbed “the Israeli Faulkner” by The New York Times, is a prolific author of novels, short stories, plays and essays.

28/05/2019
A Biblical Freud: Jewish views on psychology

In a new book, two brilliant clinical psychologists contrast the classical Greek view in psychology and psychiatry with the Judaic-Biblical approach.

By RAYMOND S. SOLOMON
16/05/2019
Former professional surfer: The power of waiting

"Doing nothing is more important than just doing."

By SHAUN TOMSON
16/05/2019
Atudot Le’Israel: Rebuilding Israel’s public civil service

How one program is trying to rebuild Israel's public civil service.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
20/05/2019
A.B. Yehoshua challenges WUJS students at annual Congress

In his talk, Yehoshua covered Jewish identity, Zionism, and Israel with a mix of far-right and far-left views.

By LEV GRINGAUZ
16/05/2019
Celebrity chefs get a taste of Israel

American chefs from popular US culinary television programs, food critics and top restaurant owners, take a culinary tour around Israel.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
16/05/2019
A violent escalation in Gaza

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire ends the deadliest flare-up since 2014

By MARK WEISS
16/05/2019
Israel's population topped 9 million on country's 71st Independence Day

The population has grown more than 11-fold since the country was established in 1948.

15/05/2019
Bergson’s race against the Shoah in America

Two Holocaust scholars, in a book based largely on interviews, give voice to Peter Bergson, a key Holocaust rescue activist in America

By RAYMOND S. SOLOMON
03/05/2019
Haifa Holocaust Museum is also a residence of Holocaust survivors

"As I sat over a cup of coffee in the basement museum with its director, Claudia Sophia-Weinberg, some of the residents wandered in to chat in a warm and welcoming environment."

Daughter of Holocaust hero visits Israel

He rescued thousands of Jews in Hungary.

By LES GLASSMAN , LARRY PFEFFER
03/05/2019
The Jew who cracked the Iron Curtain!

There are the makings of a great novel and a splendid film in the intertwined lives of Victor and Lilian, a saga stretching across 70 years.

The war, the Holocaust and after in Poland and Hungary

The topic was the subject of a conference organized by the Institute for Polish Jewish Studies at the Polish Embassy in London.

By MONTE JACOBSON
03/05/2019
Elections, the reflections of a first-time voter

"I was stunned at the numbers of people on social media who took selfies."

By BENITA LEVIN
03/05/2019
The Beresheet mission

On the moon, but not over the moon.

How did Netanyahu win the elections again?

His duress only made his loyalists join him as he circled his wagons

Tel Aviv University researchers print the world’s first 3-D heart

This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.

03/05/2019
Israel's journey to the moon is not over

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again.”

03/05/2019
Anne Frank’s Israeli voice

Soprano Eva Ben-Zvi sings the Holocaust diarist’s legacy.

02/05/2019
Is Israel's future as a democracy at risk?

The fundamental principles of democracy have become hollowed out even more than before.

By ALONA VINOGRAD
02/05/2019
What some of us think about

It is worth noting that Europeans or people of European descent are not the only people with wrong ideas.

By ALBERT JACOB
11/04/2019
Unlocking the Hagaddah

Perhaps even more than the High Holy Days, Passover, which is the first of four Jewish New Years, is the symbol of Jewish peoplehood and common Jewish destiny.

Steinsaltz’s Book of Psalms

Rabbi Steinsaltz’s brief English introduction sets the tone for the entire book. In just four pages, he explains why the Psalms hold a universal appeal for mankind.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
11/04/2019
Dismantle – Conversations with myself

Since I am interviewing myself, I can really take the gloves off – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
11/04/2019
Cape Town to Italy via Tel Aviv... by bike

Pedaling south to north across the entire African continent with this bare minimum of supplies, he made this epic 19,000 km journey in just over five months

By LARRY BUTCHINS
11/04/2019
Macedonia’s Jewish heritage

Jews first arrived in the country during Roman times

By ROBERT HERSOWITZ
11/04/2019
Israel’s electoral system: there’s room for improvement

With every shade of political opinion represented by Knesset seats, no one party can emerge as the outright winner.

People of Israel: Sarah Simha Benkemoun

I want to find the ideal partner and get married and have kids I can raise as Israelis.

By JOSH ARONSON
11/04/2019
The Jewish slaveholders

Beyond the antisemitic canards, Jews alternately participated, coopted and resisted slavery.

By NAIM PERESS
11/04/2019
From isolation to integration

Religious Zionism does not want to isolate itself, but rather to integrate.

By YEDIDIA STERN
11/04/2019
14 Days: Baumel Buried

Baumel’s remains were recovered in Syria with the aid of the Russian Army.

11/04/2019
From Moscow to Berlin

An exhibition focused on my mother’s role in Polish history.

By SHULA KOPF
27/03/2019
My debut novel – inspired by my grandmother’s Holocaust story

I decided I had to tell her story to others.

By AVIVA GAT
27/03/2019
Turning the tables on antizionists

A handbook on antizionism for activists.

By HENRI STELLMAN
27/03/2019
Peace plan now!

The ‘deal of the century’ should be revealed before the April 9 elections, urge cofounders of Blue White Future.

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
27/03/2019
Feiglin’s surprise

Zehut’s momentum challenges the establishment.

By MARK WEISS
27/03/2019
Marathon movers and shakers

It was difficult to watch thousands of athletes running in such a festive spirit, without thinking about the flare-up on the Gaza border.

By BENITA LEVIN
27/03/2019
High hopes

The Hasidic Jew at the cutting edge of medicinal cannabis development.

29/03/2019
History: How it really was!

Israel’s most important elections

Jewish World: Aspects of assimilation

Poland and Hungary: Prewar Jewish experiences

By MONTE JACOBSON
28/03/2019
Marketplace: Polity without policy

Polity – the voters who elect the body politic, based on its proposed policies. Policy – what political candidates propose to do, to deal with pressing economic, social, and defense challenges.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
27/03/2019
14 Days: Ariel terror

A roundup of the last two weeks.

By COMPILED STEVE LINDE
27/03/2019
Letters
Letters to the editor

On the legacy of Isaac Ochberg.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu listens to then-IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz in 2013.
Bibi or Benny?

A choice between the king and the general.

27/03/2019
Esther – fact or fantasy?

We all need to be able to relax and to laugh even when there are troubles. Purim gives us that opportunity and the Book of Esther – for all its problems – is perfect for that.

Paving a two-way street in interfaith dialogue

With Eagles’ Wings, young pastors travel to Israel to build bridges with Jews.

By DAVID BRUMMER
14/03/2019
People of Israel

Sam Grundwerg, World Chairmain of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal.

By JOSH ARONSON
14/03/2019
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