Heavy rainfall in northern Israel during the past two weeks broke a 50-year-old record for Israel, according to Israeli meteorological services. The heavy rain resulted in massive flooding and caused severe damage throughout the region. Over the past two days alone, over 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rain fell in northern Israel, causing severe flooding in Nahariya and significant water rise in Haifa. In Nahariya, 38-year-old Moti Ben Shabbat drowned when he jumped into a flooded car to rescue the passengers, but was then washed away by the floodwater's powerful current.
The 2020 Jewish and Israeli Film Festival will kick off Thursday, January 23 with a showing of The Unorthodox, a powerful display of how activism can yield social change. Opening night is sponsored by the JCRC and Israel Center of the Jewish Federation, who will host a pre-screening “Israeli election experience” and a post screening facilitated discussion. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.