Life in Israel


National Library of Israel to make Islamic book collection available free online

Over the next three years, the National Library of Israel will digitise its remarkable collection of more than 2,500 rare Islamic books and manuscripts and make it available free online.

Aliyah minister hopes to bring all Falash Mura Jews to Israel in 2 years

Despite a government decision of 2015 which was supposed to 9,000 Falash Mura Jews to Israel, around 7,000 still remain Ethiopia. New aliyah minister MK Pnina Tamano-Shata hopes to resolve this issue within 2 years.

Tel Aviv University’s online cybersecurity course ranked first in the world

Tel Aviv University's online cybersecurity course - free and already viewed by users in 150 countries - has taken the top spot in the world among the online courses available in the field.

Universal becomes first major music label to open a branch in Israel

Universal Music Group, one of the largest music corporations in the United States, has become the first major American music company to open a branch in Israel.

Italy and Israel look at innovation together

The Italian embassy in Israel has relaunched the initiative: “Accelerate in Israel”, which allows Italian start-ups to ‘accelerate’ in Israel.

Israeli rabbis are divided over temperature checks on Shabbat

Top haredi Orthodox rabbis in Israel and the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel are split over the use of thermometers on Shabbat as part of health checks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Syrian Infant Flown to Israel From Cyprus for Emergency Heart Surgery

An infant born to a Syrian couple living in Cyprus was flown to Israel to undergo an emergency procedure to correct a severe congenital heart defect.

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EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

Kantor Center Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019 – The Coronavirus Crisis is Reviving ‘Blood Libels’ Against Jews

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said that already in the first few months since the global breakout of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in antisemitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic at the release of the Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019. The total number of major violent incidents monitored in 2019 was 456, an 18% rise from 2018.