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OU, RCA, Raising Funds, Encouraging Prayers, to Help Houston’s Jews

In parts of the Houston area, the slow-moving tropical storm Harvey has set a record for rainfall from a single storm anywhere in the continental United States, with 51.88 inches since the storm began. According to the Harris County Flood Control District, as much as 30% of Harris County’s 1,800 square miles of land is flooded.

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Israeli Karaites Join Reform, Conservative, in Demanding Share of Heritage Channel

Channel 20 CEO Sachi Franz issued a statement expressing his frustration at the "absurd" situation in which a ratings-based, commercial channel is expected to offer screen time to every Tom, Dick and Shlomo who represent insignificant Jewish movements.

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Israel Cancels Contract with Rightwing Think Tank on Illegal Migration over Technicality

Although the lawsuit focused on irregularities in contracting with an independent agency, its purpose was to prevent a study showing an improvement in the human rights situation in Eritrea, in preparation for the deportation of illegal migrants.

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Mnuchin Defends Trump as 350 Yalies ask Jewish Treasury Secretary to Quit

While I find it hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the President, I feel compelled to let you know that the President in no way, shape or form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways.

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Greenblatt Welcomes Gazan Youths Partaking in US Civilizing Program for Muslims

YES program was established by Congress in October 2002, in response to the events of September 11, 2001 (when 19 Arab terrorists attacked two major commercial skyscrapers in downtown New York City, killing upwards of 3,000 innocent American civilians).

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High Court Suspends ‘Regulation Act’ Designed to Spare Jewish Homes from Demolition

Some have argued that Mandelblit just established a dangerous precedent in Israel's mishmash of the branches of government, whereby the Knesset would have to await the court's approval for its legislation, as would the government depend on the court's not to execute new laws.

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Israel to Revoke Press Card of Al Jazeera Correspondent Calling Himself ‘Active Partner in Palestinian Resistance’

It should be noted that Communications Minister Kara recently contacted GPO Director Chen and requested that the press cards of the entire Al Jazeera personnel in Israel be revoked on the grounds that the network was inciting and agitating to violence in a way that harmed the security of the state.

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Research Group: Israeli Education Near Bottom of Developed World

The quality of Israel’s education has improved over past two decades, and yet Israel is near the bottom of the developed world, its 8th graders get correct answers on only half their math questions, Israel’s weakest students are also the weakest in the developed world, and Israel’s top students rank only in the bottom third of the developed world.

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IDF Concerned: Combat Recruitment Motivation Down for 3rd Straight Draft

The last time IDF combat recruitment was this low was recorded immediately after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.The trend was eventually corrected in 2010, when demand for combat service surged to an 80% peak. But it has since been declining consistently.

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