Haifa’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, died on Monday, September 5, 2016.

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the schoolchildren return to their desks throughout Israel.

A group of Christians, Muslims and Jews seek to establish a joint house of worship in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post reported on this initiative.

On Monday, June 20, 2016, Shimon Peres, former President of the State of Israel, visited Pope Francis.

Before the Day of Independence, the Central Bureau of Statistics publishes the population data for the State of Israel.

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, Pope Francis announced through a video-message the winner of the Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million award presented by the Varkey Foundation.

A Hebrew translation of the important book of Saint Teresa of Avila, one of the important authors in the Catholic Church, has been published.

On Monday, December 28, 2015, President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, hosted the heads of the Christian communities at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

A two day conference, on December 14 and 15, 2015, was held at Tel Aviv University to celebrate the 50 years since the publication of Nostra aetate. The conference also served as the occasion to launch a new book in Hebrew on Jewish-Catholic relations.

47 Christian schools in Israel will go back to studies after the reaching of an agreement between the schools and the Ministry of Education, which was signed on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

YNET news agency reported that middle and high schools in Israel will hold a two hour strike in solidarity with the Christian schools on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

On Sunday, September 6, 2015, thousands of pupils and their parents demonstrated to protest the budget of the Christian schools.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, children in Israel go back to school and among them the children of our kehillot. We wish them a successful school year!

Professor R. J. Zwi Werblowsky (1924-2015), a towering figure in the field of comparative religion, and a senior scholar and Dean for many years at the Hebrew University, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Our communities and their members mourn the soldiers who fell in the wars of the State of Israel and we pray with ever greater determination that peace might come.

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"Finally, we invite all men and women of good will to reflect deeply on the significance of the Shoah. The victims from their graves, and the survivors through the vivid testimony of what they have suffered, have become a loud voice calling the attention of all of humanity. To remember this terrible experience is to become fully conscious of the salutary warning it entails: the spoiled seeds of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism must never again be allowed to take root in any human heart"
(Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, We remember, 1998).

See Pope John Paul II address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2000.  

See Pope Benedict XVI's address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2009

See Pope Francis's address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2014

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"Finally, we invite all men and women of good will to reflect deeply on the significance of the Shoah. The victims from their graves, and the survivors through the vivid testimony of what they have suffered, have become a loud voice calling the attention of all of humanity. To remember this terrible experience is to become fully conscious of the salutary warning it entails: the spoiled seeds of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism must never again be allowed to take root in any human heart"
(Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, We remember, 1998).

See Pope John Paul II address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2000.  

See Pope Benedict XVI's address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2009

See Pope Francis's address at Yad VaShem, Jerusalem, 2014

This morning, Friday, February 20, 2015, Jerusalemites awoke to a city under snow.

Terrible news: on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, four Jews who were praying in a synagogue in the neighborhood of Har Nof in Jerusalem were murdered and others were wounded.

Our friend T, from Netanya, sent us a beautiful photograph of a rainbow to signal the arrival of winter rain and cold.