The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns. Our vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, understanding, respect and cooperation.
Shavuot (pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem. Initially, it was a harvest festival, commemorating the ancient obligation to bring the harvest’s “firstfruits” to the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. With the destruction of the Temples, it evolved into an event of monumental significance to both Jews and Christians — the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, on Mount Sinai. Learn more about Shavuot here: http://bit.ly/1hFQhFG
Yael Eckstein writes proudly of her father’s work uniting the Jewish and Christian communities, providing for the needy, and realizing his personal dream of making a home in Israel. Read this week’s Yael’s Corner: http://bit.ly/1r0IVpy
"It started as an angry protest, turned into a deadly four-hour assault, and launched an international conversation about freedom of speech and religion. Last Tuesday, demonstrators outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, expressing their anger about the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, were suddenly joined by heavily armed militants who attacked the compound with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. At the end of the four-hour chaos, the consulate was gutted by fire and four U.S. officials were dead, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
So what is this film that “sparked” the violence?”
Women in Israel make headlines from behind the tanks to in the labs. Check out the story of Naama Geva-Zatorsky, 34, who now lives in Massachusetts but grew up in central Israel and attended Tel Aviv University.
JERUSALEM — She’s young, smart and aims to help treat life-threatening diseases.
Naama Geva-Zatorsky, 34, is among a growing group of Israeli women gaining recognition for their contributions to scientific research.
The Weizmann Institute biologist was in Paris last month to accept the International UNESCO L’Oreal Prize for Women in Science. Dubbed “Europe’s top young researcher” by the prize committee, she received a two-year, $40,000 fellowship for her postdoctoral work at Harvard University.
The selection committee cited the “excellence and the originality of her work.”
Geva-Zatorsky’s research focuses on probiotics, which are commonly known as “good bacteria” and have the potential to treat a variety of diseases.