Nitsa, from the Haifa community, sent us a news item that is suitable for the periods of Advent and Christmas. In Nazareth, a house from the end of the Second Temple period has been uncovered. This is the first house that has been found from this period.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, as is the custom, announced that on the eve of Rosh HaShana there were almost seven and a half million Israelis. The announcement was published on September 16, 2009.

Archaeological digs by the Israeli Antiquities Authority uncovered an ancient synagogue at the place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where the "Legionaries of Christ", the Roman Catholic religious order that administers the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, seek to construct a pilgrim center.

The abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, who has already spent more than three years un captivity in Gaza, celebrates his twenty third birthday according to the Jewish calendar. Our communities also pray for his health and his release.

On June 17, 2009, he Jewish American newspaper "Forward" published an article by Donald Snyder on the story of the Polish Jewish Catholic priest, Father Romauld Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel, a friend of the kehillot in Israel.

Yad Ben Zvi, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations, organized a study day, titled: "From Jerusalem to Rome and back: The Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land" which took place on June 16, 2009, in the facilities of Yad Ben Zvi in Jerusalem.

On Sunday, June 7, 2009, Father Patrick Desbois, a French priest, received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University as a mark of recognition for his life long project - commemorating the Shoah and its Jewish victims.

On Thursday, May 7, 2009, one day before the Holy Father arrives in the area, the University of Haifa is holding a one day congress on the Papacy.

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, Monday, April 20, 2009, the official ceremony at Yad VaShem focused on children in the Shoah.

On Wednesday (8.4.2009) a rare ceremony will take place throughout the Jewish world when many Jews will recite the blessing of the sun.

An international congress will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem entitled "Between Coesistence and Divorce" - 25 years of research on the history of Polish Jewry and Polish - Jewish Relations. The congress will be held from March 17 to 19, 2009. We publish here the program.

Five historians invited by the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and the Nuncio to Israel, Mgr. Antonio Franco, sit around the table with four historians invited by Yad VaShem for two days of study on the state of research regarding Pope Pius XII and the Shoah, held on March 8 and 9, 2009 at Yad VaShem.

Ahinoam Nini, an Israeli Jewish singer, and Mira Awad, A Christian Arab singer from Israel, sing together and are enjoying great success at home and abroad.

A survey carried out by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations examined the attitudes of Jewish Israelis with regard to Christians and Christianity. Nadav Shragai publishes some of the findings in an article in HaAretz (English) on February 20, 2009.

Channel 10 and Lior Shlein, one of Israeli Channel 10's comedians, apologize for the television skit in which Shlein made fun of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, the citizens of the State of Israel go to the election boxes in order to elect their representatives, a prime minister, a government and members of the Knesset who will decide our future.

As a part of the broadening of studies of Christianity for Israeli tour guides, Ms. Yisca Harani, who has been active for many years already in improving the level of Israeli tour guides' knowledge of Christianity, is organizing together with the Ministry of Tourism, the University of Haifa and Yad Ben Zvi a unique course specializing in Christianity.

Matt Wagner, journalist on religious affairs for the Jerusalem Post, quoted a telephone interview with Father David Neuhaus, Secretary General of the Hebrew Speaking Vicariate in Israel, on the lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Williamson, an act that has been strongly criticized by those engaged in Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

On the news site News 1 (in Hebrew) a report was published on the discovery of a coin carrying the image of Antiochus IV and also a half shekel piece for the Temple tax. 

A group of archaeologists from the Hebrew University claims to have discovered a city from the time of King David and in it the oldest written text in the Hebrew language.