In Israel, a sense of celebration before the Feast of Tabernacles as Israel and Hamas reach an agreement on the release of Gilad Shalit.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published the statistics of the Israeli population as is the custom, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, which will be celebrated on Thursday, September 28.

Next September, Polis Institute will start its classes in Jerusalem. This Institute is an initiative of an international group of researchers and teachers.

On Monday, May 9, 2011, those who have fallen in the wars in Israel are remembered. In our kehillot, we remember the dead, the bereaved families and we pray ever more strongly for peace: “they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not take up sword against nation, neither shall they learn to war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).

Dina, member of the Jaffa kehilla, sent us an article from HaAretz daily about the archaeological digs in the Adulam Park in which a splendid Byzantine church has been unearthed.

On January 16, 2011, the Tel Aviv municipality's committee for names and commemoration approved calling a neighborhood after Tabitha, the woman raised from the dead by Saint Peter in the Acts of the Apostles.

Avraham Ahuvyah publishes a beautiful volume as the first part in the translation of the TaNaKh into modern Hebrew.

On Wednesday, December 29, 2010, the Israeli State President Shimon Peres hosted the heads of the Christian communities in order to wish them a happy holiday. The event took place in the State President's Residence.

Israeli State President Mr. Shimon Peres, surrounded by Christian Arab children, sent a Christmas greetings to Christians around the globe.

Daniel Rossing, director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations and a veteran friend of the Christian communities in Israel, was buried yesterday, November 4, 2010, in the village of Nataf in the Judean hills, where he had lived.

The Hebrew speaking Catholic Vicariate in Israel mourns the death today, November 3, 2010, of Daniel Rossing, director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published a survey regarding Jewish tradition observance and changes in religiosity among the Jewish population in Israel. Less than half of Jewish Israelis define themselves as secular.

As we approach Rosh HaShana, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published its new population census. There are more than 7.6 million Israelis on the eve of the New Year 5771.

In the Jerusalem community and all the other communities of the Hebrew Speaking Catholic Vicariate in Israel, we are continuing to pray for the well being and release of Gilad Shalit, who has been in captivity for four years.

Pat McCarthy, a New Zealander, sent us a note about a fascinating new website in English on the Holy Land and its Holy Places.

This is what Yohanan Elihai of the Jerusalem kehilla wrote to Mrs. Greenberg, the widow of Prof. Moshe Greenberg, who passed away a few days ago. Prof. Greenberg, winner of the Israel prize, was one of the great Bible scholars in Israel.

On Independence Day, the heads of the Christian communities together with the heads of the other religious communities and the foreign ambassadors and public figures are invited to the State President's Residence to participate in a reception for the holiday.

Evyatar Marienberg, a Jewish Israeli who is at present a member of the academic faculty of the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of North Carolina in the USA, has written an introduction to the contemporary Catholic Church in Hebrew.

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, Sunday, April 11, 2010, the official ceremony at Yad VaShem focused on the Voices of the Survivors.

The Central Bureau of Statistics published the data on the occasion of the end of the civil year.