N. J. Schiavi

N.J. Schiavi has lived in Israel for over 15 years and is a freelance writer for Kehila News Israel. N.J. Schiavi has lived in Israel for over 15 years and is a freelance writer for Kehila News Israel.

Messianic Jewish and Arab young people unite in new worship album

A new worship album coming out of Jerusalem with songs in both Arabic and Hebrew represents a move beyond reconciliation to true unity while also reflecting a significant increase in homegrown worship leaders across Israel.

Diaspora, Israeli Jews protest Western Wall pluralism backtrack

Many Jewish organizations in the Diaspora are threatening to withhold financial and political support from Jewish state after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voted in the Cabinet last week against a previously agreed upon deal to open up a non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall.

Archaeologists find evidence of Temple Mount gun battle in 1967

New findings discovered in archaeological work in the Old City point to a possible battle or at least exchange of gunfire on the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Sen. Cruz urges Pres. Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

American Sen. Ted Cruz used the occasion of Jerusalem Day to call on the president "to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's eternal and undivided capital."

Recalling war and peace, a Jerusalemite remembers the city’s reunification

In June 1967, Israel was still small with approximately 2.8 million residents and a narrow geographical swath of land. Yet the country was staring down the barrel of a gun as hostile armies threatened and swarmed around it.

Jerusalem gears up for President Trump’s visit Monday

When U.S. President Donald Trump arrives in Israel tomorrow, he will have flown from Saudi Arabia on Air Force One, the first ever direct flight between the two nations which do not have diplomatic relations.

Trump hosts Abbas at White House

U.S. President Donald Trump struck a positive tone in a joint press conference at the White House with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, announcing the start of a peace process between Israelis and the Palestinians.

Armenians, Jews stand together remembering their genocides

As Israelis stood in silence on Monday for two minutes at 10 a.m. in memory of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, residents were gathering around St. James Convent — the heart of the Old City’s Armenian Quarter — to remember the victims of the 20th century’s first genocide, that of the Armenians.

Terror attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem on Holocaust Day

A Palestinian teen armed with wire-cutters wounded four people in a terror attack in Tel Aviv on Sunday and a Palestinian mother of nine stabbed a female soldier near Jerusalem early Monday morning as the country mourned victims of the Holocaust.

Holy days for Jews and Christians alike converge in Jerusalem

Thousands of pilgrims — both Jewish and Christian — were expected to converge in Jerusalem as Passover week and Easter celebrations for all Christian denominations coincided this weekend.