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500 Jewish Mothers From Around the World Bake Challahs in Jerusalem for Israeli Soldiers

JERUSALEM,  Some 500 Jewish mothers from around the world bonded over baking challahs for Israeli soldiers Thursday in Jerusalem in “The Great Big Challah Bake,” an event run by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) as part of the global Shabbat Project.

The women – 400 of whom are visiting Israel Nov. 6-16 on a JWRP “Momentum” trip together with past participants whom come from Israel – baked over 1,000 challahs for two hours, then packaged the loaves to donate to Israeli soldiers. The visitors, from Canada, the U.S., Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, are touring Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee and other popular destinations as part of the Momentum trip, which features extensive itineraries and curated curricula encompassing everything from Jewish values to contemporary Israeli society.

The Momentum trips, sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and JWRP, are designed to inspire Jewish mothers to connect deeply with their Jewish heritage and transform themselves, their families – and ultimately their communities and the wider world. More than 10,000 Jewish mothers from 26 countries around the world have already participated in the Momentum trips.

The Great Big Challah Bake was also conducted in partnership with the Shabbat Project, a global grassroots movement that unites Jews of all denominations and backgrounds to celebrate the transformative power of Shabbat. The Shabbat Project 2016 takes place this weekend, Nov. 11-12. Last year The Shabbat Project took place in more than 900 cities in nearly 90 countries.

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Historic House of Prayer for All Faiths Opens in Jerusalem

‘Amen’ initiative part of Mekudeshet 2016 festival, September 4 - 23, to harness Holy City’s spiritual power, connect people of all faiths amid troubling times


JERUSALEM, Christians, Jews and Muslims are uniting in an unprecedented and potentially historic interfaith prayer and spiritual gathering in the Holy City called “Amen – A House of Prayer For All Believers.” Amen will be open through Sept. 11.

Intended to create a single home for the world’s three major religions, “Amen” is playing a featured part in the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival from Sept. 4-23 that is harnessing the city’s ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times.

Amen seeks to bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship. Amen is creating both a physical and metaphysical space that encourages commonality rather than sanctifying age-old divisions, say Mekudeshet organizers.

“We will study, argue – yes, this is also allowed – and pray – together and alone. We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality,” said Mekudeshet Artistic Director Itay Mautner.

Amen culminates a months-long series of discussions among representatives of the three religions, who cooperated to design the shared house of prayer. The venue, the Alpert Youth Music Center of Jerusalem in the Hinnom Valley, is open from morning to night, with meetings and preparations for prayer taking place at 10 a.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily throughout the week in Arabic, Hebrew and Coptic.
“It is nothing short of a miracle that between four walls, we will inaugurate a temporary home for the three religions that share Jerusalem and for all those who wish to dwell under the wings of the Almighty,” said Mautner.

The nearly month-long Mekudeshet (Hebrew for “holy” or “sanctified”) is being presented by The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC). Mekudeshet is featuring scores of artists, actors, musicians and media figures from around the world and thousands of participants.

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Jerusalem Dedicates New Command Vehicle to Fight Terror, Thanks to Christian Support

High-tech communications vehicle allows security to deploy rapidly in the field

JERUSALEM,  Israel’s capital city is now being protected by a state-of-the-art, high-tech forward command vehicle, thanks to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship).

The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, joined Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat last week to dedicate the vehicle, which will respond to terror attacks and other violence against the city. The $375,000 state-of-the-art mobile command-and-control vehicle will help Jerusalem security forces confront security threats and other emergencies in real time, enabling coordinated and rapid responses to fast-moving events in the field. The vehicle is equipped with high-tech communications equipment, can function in a variety of weather and terrain, and is also operable by remote control. The mobile command post similar to the municipal command centers that The Fellowship helped to build in 65 towns throughout Israel.

The forward command vehicle is part of The Fellowship’s overall response to the wave of terror that hit Israel over the last year. The Fellowship became the first organization to offer direct financial aid to Israeli victims, awarding NIS 4,000, or about $1,040, to scores of Israelis to help pay for medical care or lost wages. Funding for The Fellowship’s initiatives have been made possible by the generous donations of Christians worldwide.

During a dedication ceremony last week, Barkat said the specially outfitted vehicle allows the city to integrate municipal and security forces in the defense against terrorism. “Our ability to bring command and control to relevant spots saves lives,” Barkat said in a special ribbon-cutting event. “I know without a doubt that this vehicle is exactly what Jerusalem needs at this time.”

The mayor approached The Fellowship for help in securing the vehicle, so “when he does make a request, I know it's important.” Eckstein said. Barkat “told me there's no other place in Israel that has this type of vehicle with this type of ability. The truth is I didn't believe there could be a city without a vehicle that could organize all of the information.”

Ultimately, Eckstein added, “I proudly represent hundreds of thousands of Christian donors throughout the world who continually remind Israelis that they are not alone and who support the Jewish state in its most challenging hours.”

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First-ever Jerusalem house of prayer to unite Christians, Jews and Muslims

“Amen” initiative part of Mekudeshet 2016 festival, Sept. 4-23, to
harness Holy City’s spiritual power, connect people of all faiths amid troubling times

JERUSALEM, Christians, Jews and Muslims will unite in an unprecedented and potentially historic interfaith prayer and spiritual gathering in the Holy City from Sept. 4-11 called “Amen – A House of Prayer For All Believers.”

Intended to create a single home for the world’s three major religions, “Amen” will play a featured part in the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival from Sept. 4-23 that will harness the city’s ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times.

Amen will seek to bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship. Amen will create both a physical and metaphysical space that will seek to encourage commonality rather than to sanctify age-old divisions, say Mekudeshet organizers.

“We will study, argue -- yes, this is also allowed -- and pray -- together and alone. We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality,” said Mekudeshet Artistic Director Itay Mautner.

Amen culminates a months-long series of discussions among representatives of the three religions, who cooperated to design the shared house of prayer. The venue, the Jerusalem Music Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, will be open from morning to night, with meetings and preparations for prayer taking place at 10 a.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m daily throughout the week in Arabic, Hebrew and Coptic.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that between four walls, we will inaugurate a temporary home for the three religions that share Jerusalem and for all those who wish to dwell under the wings of the Almighty,” said Mautner.

The nearly month-long Mekudeshet (Hebrew for “holy” or “sanctified”) is being presented by The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC). Mekudeshet will feature scores of artists, actors, musicians and media figures from around the world and thousands of participants.

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Medicine, the international language

Medical leaders from around the globe convened at RAMBAM Health Care Campus for its 13th Annual International Trauma Course

Twenty-six leading healthcare professionals representing 20 countries around the world recently came to Haifa to participate in RAMBAM Health Care Campus' prestigious Trauma Medicine Course. The purpose of the course is to share RAMBAM’s expertise in treating military and civilian trauma victims, and give participants the tools to develop systems capable of dealing with multiple-casualty events in their home countries.

Now in its 13th year, the course is offered in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Participants in this year’s trauma course included high-level medical personnel from the Far East, Latin America, the US, and Europe. Among them were the Director of the Office for Emergency Medical Systems in Thailand, a senior medical officer from the UN serving in the Golan Heights, the president of the Vietnamese Nurses and Operating Room Nurses Associations, the Acting Director of the National Emergency Medical Services Center in Nepal, a head nurse from a military hospital in the Philippines, and the Director of the Resuscitation Team at the only pediatric hospital in Kenya, among others.

One of the many activities offered by RAMBAM’s Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Studies, the two-week international trauma course includes lectures, workshops, training activities, simulations, and tours of RAMBAM and other sites around the country.

According to Gila Hymes, Director of the Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency, and Mass Casualty Situations, “We have taken our vast experience treating victims of war, terror and accidents, and are sharing it to benefit medical systems around the world. Medicine is an international language that we are using here at RAMBAM to help save lives around the world.”
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Terror attack in Jerusalem: A bomb exploded in a bus, 16 wounded

Attack on an Egged line 12 near the Pat intersection in Jerusalem. Two people were seriously injured and six others were injured moderately. Police looking into the possibility that the perpetrator is a suicide bomber. Yoram Halevy: "All options are being examined"

Eight of the wounded were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and others were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem. According to MDA, the injured suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Large forces of police arrived at the scene together with sappers who examined the area to locate more bombs. In addition, four teams firefighters took control over the flames.


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Terror attack in Jerusalem

Two Border Police officers fatally injured in an terror attack in Jerusalem

Three terrorists arrived with knives, a rifle and explosives to the old town area in Jerusalem. Border Police officers spotted them and asked them to identify themselves. As one Palestinian presented an ID card, his friend pulled out a weapon and started shooting. Police responded by firing fighters and killed the three.

Magen David Adom paramedic Nissan object, said the scene:"When we arrived, I saw two young girls with penetrating injuries and upper body. One was unconscious and semi-conscious the second. We gave them a quick treatment in the area and evacuated them to the hospital in critical condition."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat came to the scene and praised the police action. "I spoke with the brave fighters who were not afraid to make contact. There was a real battle, in this battle the Border Police prevented a greater catastrophe," he said. "The readiness of the officers saved lives. Jerusalem public need to open eyes and in a case like this do not be afraid to create contact. "

Hamas issued an official statement, which described the terrorist heroes. The organization's spokesman Husam Badran praised the three fighters in Jerusalem.
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Abbas justifies terror against Israelis as 17 people are wounded in Jerusalem

WJC, A Palestinian motorist rammed into a bus stop in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring 17 people before he was shot dead by a security guard, Israeli police said. On the same day, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the wave of terror a "justified popular uprising."

The latest attack took place near the western entrance to Jerusalem, leading to the main highway to Tel Aviv, and the injured included two people in a moderate condition and a baby. The man drove up, accelerated and rammed his vehicle into the crowd. The car hit a water main and a huge spray erupted.

The attacker was identified by police as 21-year-old Abdel Muhsan Hasuna of East Jerusalem. An axe was found in the attacker's vehicle, police said. On Tuesday, Hamas in Gaza said the terrorist was an active member of its organization.

An 'Israel Radio' reporter said she had seen the car mount the pavement and strike people before shots rang out. "I was about to turn left to Tel Aviv, suddenly a car went up onto a bus station, shots immediately opened up. There are people in the station. A number of people simply lifted up the car, because there were people underneath it," Miri Krimolovsky told her station.

One of his victims, Yotam Sitbon, a 15-month-old toddler, had his foot torn off in the attack. The baby's father, Binyamin, said: "Thank God he is healthy and he will smile again. That is the most important thing."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the wave of attacks as "a new type of terror by individuals which challenges us and other countries". He also praised the quick response of people at the scene whose actions "prevented far more serious tragedies".

Abbas calls wave of terror 'justified'

Meanwhile, also on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas referred to the last three months of violence against Israelis as a "justified popular uprising," saying that young Palestinian demonstrators were "driven by despair" because "a two-state solution is not coming."

The violence had come due to “the despair of young Palestinians over the lack of a political horizon for the two-state solution, the [Israeli] invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the continuation of settlement building and military checkpoint deployment,” Abbas said in Ramallah on Monday.

In his speech, the Palestinian leader repeated accusations that Israel was seeking to change the status quo on the Temple Mount and that this had been a major source of Palestinian rage directed at Israelis.
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Border Policeman was stabbed in Jerusalem

The Border Policeman is in critical condition after sustaining stab wounds to his neck The attack took place at the Shchem (Damascus) Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
He managed to shoot a terrorist, 18, from Hebron, and wounded him critically.

Magen David Adom evacuated the Border Policeman, who is in critical condition, to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
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5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism to convene in Jerusalem

Seventy years after the victory over Nazi Germany, we are unfortunately witnessing the renewed growth of antisemitism and of voices denying the Holocaust. Against this background, the Global Forum takes on special importance.


Seventy years after the victory over Nazi Germany, we are unfortunately witnessing the renewed growth of antisemitism and of voices denying the Holocaust and distorting its memory. When we examine the figures, we find that the past year marked an apogee in manifestations of antisemitism, most notably in West European and on the Internet.

Thus, 70 years after the Holocaust, many Jews in Europe again feel insecure in the face of growing attacks against them and antisemitic terror attacks by radical Islam which claimed the lives of nine victims in one year.

Against this background, the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which will convene from May 12-14, 2015 in Jerusalem, takes on special importance in formulating action plans to combat antisemitism and to shape international policy to cope with the growing problem.

Some 1,000 experts from around the world will take part in the conference - the largest of its kind in the world - including the Justice Ministers of Germany and Romania, the Education Minister of Bulgaria, the Mayor of Paris, and the Minister of State for Multiculturalism from Canada. Israeli participants will include the Prime Minister, the President of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Foreign Minister, and the Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs. Other participants from around the world include members of parliament, government officials, representatives of civil society, jurists and academics, as well as the Hollywood producer and actor, Edward James Olmos.

Special emphasis will be placed on coping effectively with the rise of antisemitism in Europe, the Internet and the social media. An important panel will features Muslim leaders from Europe in order to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding. There will also be in-depth discussions in 12 working groups to address the challenges of Holocaust denial and distortion, the use of legal tools to combat antisemitism, the advancement of legislation against antisemitism, and more.

The conference is being organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs.
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