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Students majoring in the Land of Israel and archaeology track participated in the excavations * According to the excavation director, “This was probably an administrative site built to control the surrounding farmsteads during the Assyrian period” .In cooperation with the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Rosh Ha-Ayin Municipality, the Israel Antiquities Authority has plans for the site to remain open and accessible to the public, adjacent to a residential neighborhood under construction.

The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

 President Reuven Rivlin this evening (Sunday) addressed the opening ceremony for Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem where he was joined in kindling the memorial flame by Moriah Ben Ari, widow of Major Hagai Ben Ari, and two of their sons. Also addressing the ceremony was Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Yesterday, April 30th, Birthright Israel held a formal reception honoring Co-Founder and chairman, Michael Steinhardt, who was chosen to light the torch of the Diaspora on the eve of Independence Day at Mount Herzl.

The event was held at the Hensen House in Jerusalem in the presence of Birthright Israel's business community, Steinhardt's family, associates & friends, and alums and donors, including: Len Rosen, CEO Barclays Israel, Yossi Beilin, Yoram Tietz, Managing Partner at Ernst & Young, MK Roy Folkman, Hagay Elitzur, Senior Director of Diaspora Affairs, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Alan Hoffmann Director-General of The Jewish Agency, Prof. Gil Troy, Aviad Freedman, Chairman & CEO of the Israel Association of Community Centers, MK Elazar Stern, Tova Dorfman, Director of the Steinhardt Foundation in Israel, David Gapel, Senior Director of the Schusterman Foundation in Israel and Birthright Israel's International CEO, Gidi Mark, among others.    

President Reuven Rivlin today (Thursday) at his residence was presented with a new publication in Hebrew of Vatican papers entitled “In our Time” (from the Latin ‘Nostra Aetate’). The work, led by Professor Dina Porat of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, included documents and research in Hebrew relating to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and the Holocaust, dating back to 1965 - the year of the Vatican declaration, “Nostra Ateta”, also known as the “Jewish Document”, which removed the accusation of deicide from the Jewish people.

The meeting was addressed by President Rivlin as well as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, renowned expert on Jewish-Christian relations and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC, Rabbi David Rosen, and Professor Porat. Also attending was Italian Ambassador to Israel, the Papal Nuncio, Israel’s Ambassador to the Vatican, and other leading Rabbis and members of the clergy.