Simchat Torah

Friday night marks the end of the Sukkoth period of “chol ha mo’ed”, and on Shabbat, we will celebrate Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah). Synagogues will be closed this year, or severely limited … Read More

Israel Entering 3rd Week of Lockdown

Israel is entering the third week of lockdown. People are growing very restless and families are especially struggling right now. Recent reports paint a grim picture of the decline in mental and emotional health for … Read More

Ultra-Orthodox Clash with Police

Over the weekend, police cracked down on a number of illegally-run synagogues in the ultra-Orthodox communities of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, which lead to several violent clashes. Under current lockdown restrictions, all houses of prayer … Read More

Sukkoth (Feast of Booths)

The last major holiday in the High Holy Day season, Sukkoth, begins at sundown. Traditionally, this is a time when Jewish families invite friends and loved ones to sit in their Sukkah. Sadly, this year … Read More

Growing Unrest in Israel

This second lockdown has created increased social unrest in Israel. There has been a sharp increase in the number and intensity of anti-government protests. Recently, protests in Tel Aviv turned violent against the police and … Read More

Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins Sunday, Sept. 27th, at sundown. Jewish people all over the world collectively seek forgiveness from God and from one another through fasting & praying. This year, we in … Read More

Government Approves Strictest Lockdown Yet

Israeli government officials approved a stringent lockdown starting Friday, Sept. 25th. The entire private sector will be forced to close, which Finance Minister Israel Katz strongly opposes. Such a move will cost the Israeli economy … Read More

Israel Enters 5th Day in Lockdown

Israel is in its 5th day in lockdown due to a sharp increase in coronavirus infections. The lockdown began on Erev Rosh Hashanah, and is expected to last until the end of Succot. Non-essential businesses … Read More