Outgoing Jerusalem Mayor Barkat: ‘Lion will continue the city’s positive cultural renaissance’

Outgoing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would not be running for a third term and will instead be entering national politics…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS. Read more

Who’s in the running for the next mayor of Jerusalem?

September 14, 2018 by  

The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wants to uproot and replant a tree in Jerusalem, it might require the U.N. Security Council. He was not exaggerating…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS. Read more

Fire kites sting Negev honey farms just before Rosh Hashanah

When you drive into Israel’s Sha’ar HaNegev Region in the northwestern Negev, the fields are burnt and black. The trees are broken, and the smell of acrid smoke stings the eyes and nose…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS. Read more

Once-verdant Irish Jewish community paling over time

An Israeli and an Irish Jew walk into a bar. After a shot of whiskey and a pint of Guinness, they discuss neither leprechauns nor the verdant landscape, but rabbinics…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

Why Europe’s far-right political parties are gaining ground?

The refugee crisis, escalating terrorism and dissatisfaction with the political elite are blamed for the current rise of Europe’s far-right political parties. Such a revival has not been seen since World War II…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

In wake of World Vision scandal, aid groups lax with security…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org

World Vision and other foreign aid organisations that have funnelled millions of dollars to the terror group Hamas are directly responsible for the murder of scores of Israeli Jews, an Israeli legal expert contends. Read more

Ben-Gurion University Institute tackles water shortage, hygiene in developing countries

Israeli water experts believe by 2050, almost half of the world’s population will live in countries with a chronic water shortage…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

Is an election brewing in Israel?

At the annual Herzliya Conference in Israel last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a seemingly unprecedented barrage of attacks from a number of political speakers, who contended that it was time for a change of direction in the Jewish state. Read more

Can ‘open source jihad’ be stopped? Israeli conference searches for solutions

It was Oct. 27, 2015, shortly after 10 a.m. Two terrorists from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber boarded an Egged bus in the East Talpiot area. One was armed with a gun, the other with a knife…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

Defiant carvings on a Jerusalem prison wall

In late autumn 1947, Shmuel Matza, then a 20-year-old member of the Etzel (also known as Irgun) Jewish underground paramilitary organisation, was detained in Jerusalem’s Kishle prison by the British on suspicion of possessing illegal arms…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org Read more

Sykes-Picot at 100: Mideast chaos highlights the perils of drawing borders

One-hundred years ago this month, British colonel Sir Tatton Benvenuto Mark Sykes and French diplomat François Marie Denis Georges-Picot divided the Middle East loosely and arbitrarily between Great Britain and France…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

Experts say North Korea an overlooked player in Mideast threat landscape

North Korea has provided the technology or weapons for Hamas’s cross-border attack tunnels from Gaza to Israel, Hezbollah’s Scud-D missile stockpile in Lebanon, and Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility. Yet the totalitarian state in East Asia doesn’t seem to frequently enter the Western public discourse on Middle East threats…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

Israel eyes a more affordable and accessible tourism experience

Twenty-five years ago, when Nancy Broth started her business, she signed a contract with El Al (the only airline that flew to Israel at the time) and helped people book their flights abroad. Read more

Jerusalem conference features the unsung Israeli perspective on fighting BDS

Debate on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is often heard loudest from Jews in America and the rest of the Diaspora, perhaps most notably when it comes to anti-Israel activity on college campuses, rather than focusing on what leaders in the movement’s stated target—Israel—are saying.  Read more

Israel vs. the foreign media: when the headlines make their own headlines

While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no stranger to making headlines, a brewing spat between the Israeli government and foreign media means that the headlines themselves—and the journalists behind them—become the story…writes Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman/JNS.org. Read more

The Western Wall prayer decision and the shifting Israel-Diaspora paradigm

The Israeli government’s passage of legislation that authorises egalitarian prayer in a soon-to-be-created 9,700-square-foot, NIS 35 million ($8.85 million) section adjacent to the southern part of the Western Wall (Kotel in Hebrew) has been called groundbreaking, empowering, dramatic, and unprecedented. Read more

Road improvements, research buck stereotype of dangerous Israeli driving

Honk. Honk. Hoooonk. It’s the sound of the Israeli street. Read more

With terror abound in Israel, is news reporting feeding the beast?

November 13, 2015 by  

You’re a journalist on the ground in Israel during the current wave of terror. Murders are committed on your street corner. Protests are organized by your neighbours…writes Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org. Read more

Alan Dershowitz and Abraham are two of kind

In his latest sharp-witted work, the world’s perhaps best-known Jewish lawyer profiles the man he considers to the first-ever Jewish lawyer: the biblical patriarch Abraham….writes Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org. Read more

Shabbat Project rallies 5,000 partners across 500 cities

October 16, 2015 by  

Hundreds of thousands of Jews. Hundreds of thousands of challahs, candlesticks, and zemirot (Jewish songs). Havdalah. Jews of all ages, levels of religious observance, and geographic locations will come together next week to celebrate the Jewish people’s oldest friend: Shabbat. Read more

South Africa’s chief rabbi counters dual citizenship proposal

Anti-Zionists are targeting South Africa, but hold tight and wait and see what happens regarding reports of an impending dual citizenship crisis that may affect his country’s Jewish community says South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. Read more

Israeli entrepreneur’s Moon-bound Torah project might not be a fairytale

“The Torah is going to the moon.” It sounds like a phrase straight out of a Jewish fairytale or children’s book, but the real-life Torah on the Moon initiative is not as pie in the sky as one might think…writes Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org. Read more

After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli Olympians headed for recognition

A memorial detailing the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre will be erected int hat city int me for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Read more

Israeli-Australian project works to make global cities’ water good to the last drop

California headlines this month scream “water shortage”—but the shortage is not limited to the western United States. Read more

From Temple times through today, Pesach conveys message of Jewish unity

Between 19 BCE and 4 BCE, King Herod I renovated the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, enlarging and beautifying it. Read more

For Israeli families bereaved by Gaza war, a ‘lonely journey’ is still in its early stages

“There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him.” Shosh Goldmacher tells Maayan Jaffe [JNS.org] Read more

Israel’s new pioneers transforming the Negev

In southern Israel, the next generation of Jewish pioneers is making the desert bloom….writes Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org Read more

The under-the-radar story of Far East Jewry…writes Maayan Jaffe

It was a long trek: 6,000 miles by boat from Central Europe to the Far East. But the towns of East Asia opened their gates for the waves of Jewish emigrants who had to find shelter from the tragic problems they faced first in Russia, and later in Central Europe. Read more

Yom HaZikaron: Israeli families discuss what it means to lose a soldier, a son, a sibling

Some 22,000 Israeli soldiers have died since the establishment of the Jewish state, including 40 soldiers between March 2013 and March 2014, according to the Israel Defense Forces…writes Maayan Jaffe. Read more

Ben-Gurion University researcher may have cure for Type 1 diabetes

February 23, 2014 by  

While methods of insulin administration have improved and modes of measuring how much insulin to give are far superior than they were in the 1920s, when insulin was discovered, there have been no major advancements toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes for almost a century. Read more