‘I wish I didn’t have the honor,’ says Pittsburgh leader on torchlighting

Federation head Jeff Finkelstein, in Israel to memorialize the 11 victims of Tree of Life synagogue massacre, says people-to-people relationships are only way to bridge our divides. Read more.

With flags unfurled, jets overhead, & grills galore, Israel marks 71 years

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis were flocking to beaches and parks, lighting grills, waving flags and craning their necks for a glimpse of Israel’s fighter jets to mark the country’s 71th Independence Day on Thursday. Read more.

Pittsburgh Federation head to offer message of unity at torch lighting

Pittsburgh's Federation President and CEO will represent the Diaspora at Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Read more.

On Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli President Rivlin thanks Diaspora Jews

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sends a letter thanking Diaspora Jews for their contributions to Israeli society; read letter here

Celebrating Shabbat in Poway, a week after the deadly shooting

POWAY, Calif. (JTA) — “Those who are standing can remain standing,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein joked, a nod to the standing-room-only crowd that had packed Chabad of Poway for Friday night services. For many of those who filled the sanctuary, showing up was an act of faith, of solidarity,…