12,000 18-30-year-olds are in Israel to participate in long-term Masa (journey) Israel programs; AlmaLinks, a group focused on promoting ties between the global Jewish business community and Israel, has started sponsoring its own Birthright-style trip, bringing business executives to Israel, and much more.
The Israel Antiquities Authority’s has now fully excavated the 8th Century BCE (1st Temple period) Lachish city gate near Mount Hebron; The Israel Antiquities Authority has recovered a papyrus from the time of the 1st Temple documenting a wine shipment from Na’artah to Jerusalem, and much more.
206 immigrants from France arrived in Israel in the largest-ever summer mass-aliyah from France; Israel welcomed 218 new immigrants (Olim) from North America as the summer season of Aliyah organized by Nefesh B'nefesh begins, and much more.
Jerusalem Post’s Barbara Sofer lists 68 reasons to be proud of Israel as it celebrates its 68th Independence Day; JNF Missions transcend the boundaries of a standard trip and provide participants with a deeper connection to the land and people of Israel, and much more.
Hiking is very popular in Israel and you have the potential to find things almost everywhere at its 37,000 registered archaeological sites, and Filipino hospitality - opening the Philippines to Jews fleeing the Holocaust - earned Israel's gratitude, which now welcomes Filipinos, and much more.
Read about the young people who are running the Jerusalem marathon on March 18, to raise funds for ALEH – the Israeli charity for disabled children, and Veterinarians at Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari park worked to save the eyesight of a porcupine that had hurt its face while trying to escape from a trap.