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Two flights of new olim arrived in Israel this week — one on Monday and another on Tuesday — with 78 lone soldiers headed for service in the Israel Defense Forces. Another 42 individuals also came to make their homes in the Jewish state.

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Israel’s Knesset on Wednesday unanimously approved an NIS 6.5 billion ($1.9 million) coronavirus stimulus plan, with the aim of helping struggling citizens and boosting the slumped economy. The funds are slated to begin reaching eligible citizens starting on Sunday.The plan is an amended ver…

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 Israel’s Knesset announced on Thursday morning that it had passed the “Major Coronavirus Law,” granting the government “special powers for dealing with the spread of the novel coronavirus.”According to the temporary legislation, which is to take effect on Aug. 10 and remain in effect until …

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In excavations in Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, more than 120 of some of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions stamped on jars were discovered, revealing information into tax collection in the period of the Judean mona…

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As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged, the Jewish community has suffered its share of losses. No age group has been as widely affected as the elderly, making nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and senior residences ground zero in the battle against the virus.

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The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel passed 31,000 on Wednesday, the highest figure recorded since the onset of the pandemic in March and a one-week increase of 10,000 cases, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

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Professor Siegal Sadetzki, head of Public Health Services in the Israeli Health Ministry, resigned on Tuesday, voicing harsh criticism of the ministry’s handling of the second wave of COVID-19.Sadetzki stated in her resignation letter that the country had “lost its way” with regard to its ha…

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With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down globally, most of Europe appears to be heading in the right direction with cases dropping across the continent and economies either starting or in the midst of reopening. However, unlike its counterparts in Western Europe, many E…

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Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of visitor revenue, many smaller museums are being forced to close, and larger ones are postponing re-openings because restrictions on the numbers of visitors make it economically unfeasible. In Jerusalem, t…

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Dahlia Jones was looking forward to this summer. For six years, she’s been attending Eisner Camp, and this year would be her last as a camper. She was looking forward to all the special events that it entails: the big multi-day trip; buddying with a young camper; putting her handprints in ce…

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday declared a partial lockdown on the haredi city of Elad in central Israel, and on five haredi neighborhoods in Tiberias. Non-residents are forbidden to enter the restricted zones for one week starting on Wednesday at 8 a.m., except to go to…

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The European Parliament approved the “Open Skies” agreement with Israel late Wednesday, opening the way for greater cooperation in transportation, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

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While the world waits to see how the coronavirus pandemic will affect real estate trends worldwide, Israel’s real estate is seeing a boom in interest —from investors purchasing properties as long-term investments, to families expediting their aliyah and purchasing a home in the face of COVID…

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It’s not quite as enjoyable as ordering a burger from the car, but Israelis who need to be tested for coronavirus can head to the nearest drive-through testing facility set up by Israel’s Magen David Adom. Drivers don’t even have to get out of the car to get swabbed.

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A sharp rise in the number of coronavirus patients in Israel, particularly among students and teachers, is causing health and education officials to consider shutting down the school system for the rest of the academic year. Schools resumed operations in mid-May as part of the gradual re-ope…

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