JCPA has J Street’s back in Presidents Conference bid

Jeremy Ben-Ami is the president of J Street. (Courtesy J Street)”(Courtesy J Street) J Street has the backing of the major Jewish domestic policy umbrella organization in its bid to join the major foreign policy umbrella organization. The ballot next week of the 50 or so constituent groups of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is secret, but the Jewish Council for Public Affairs reached out to JTA to say it would vote in favor of admitting J Street to the conference. “They’re an important part of the Jewish community,” JCPA’s president, Rabbi Stev read more



Arab entrepreneurs face digital divide in Israel's start-up tech scene

Amid much fanfare nearly a year ago, Israeli President Shimon Peres inaugurated a technology office park at the edge of Nazareth with the vision of luring technology companies and hundreds of software engineers to Israel’s largest Arab city. But today, save for a handful of tenants, the office suites are still mostly vacant, underscoring the yawning digital business gap between Jews and Arabs ... read more



Archaeologists uncover impressive Byzantine Monastery in Negev

Thanks to plans for a new highway in the Northern Negev area, an Israel Antiquities Authority salvage excavation has uncovered an impressive monastery dating to the Byzantine period. The structure, measuring 20 × 35 meters, is divided into halls built along an east–west axis. Mosaic carpet in Byzantine Monastery near Hura. (Photograph: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities) Authority “It seems that this monastery, located near the Byzantine settlement of Horbat Hur, is one monastery in a series of monasteries situated alongside a road that linked Transjordan with the Be’er S read more

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