Thousands of Jews of all walks of life, young and old, men and women, single, married and entire families turned up for the final celebrations of the fall Jewish holidays of Sukkot and Simhat Torah across hundreds of FSU communities this year.
Excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the participation of volunteers, have uncovered in Jerusalem large portions of courses of the Western Wall that have been hidden for 1,700 years.
The European Union has asked the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decisions to build thousands of units in the West Bank which, it said in a statement, ‘’ are detrimental to on-going efforts towards meaningful peace talks.’’
The first of its kind heritage expedition took place this summer in Ukraine, when young rabbinical students toured the country on mobile synagogue trailers, trying to bring a spark of Jewish identity to every Jew they met on their way.
Just in time for the fall holidays, the FJC in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and the Gloria Jeans clothing franchise, distributed clothing gift certificates to 5,000 Jewish children from across Ukraine and Russia.
Last week, as UNESCO was electing its new head, the United States and Israel announced their decision to quit the United Nations agency for education, culture and science as a result of continued bias against Israel.