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Ancient Lead Wand Found in Israel’s Northern Negav Desert

The following teaser is from the a posting December 7, 2015 at the website. A lead and wood artifact discovered in a roughly 6,000-year-old grave in a desert cave is the oldest evidence of smelted lead on record in the Levant, a new study finds. The artifact, which looks like something between an ancient […]

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Vertical Cemeteries Built for Land-Starved Populations

As we all know, Israel does not have a lot of land. Existing cemeteries are crowded and traditional burial space is nearly unavailable. Yarkon Cemetery (Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv) is near capacity with 110,000 graves on 150 acres. About 35,000 Israelis die each year, with that number expected to grow as worldwide immigration continues. […]

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History is Made as Israeli Child is Registered as an Aramean

The following excerpt is from the October 21, 2014 edition of Yaakov Khalloul, a two-year-old Christian child from the Galilee, made history on Monday when he became the first person in Israel’s modern history to be officially registered as an Aramean. To date, all Christians in Israel have been registered with population authorities as […]

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MyHeritage Team Captures over 50,000 Gravestone Images in 3 Hours in Isreal’s Segula Cemetery

I got a note from Daniel Horowitz at this morning telling me that the MyHeritage Israel team just kick-started their global initiative that we recently announced together with BillionGraves, the project in which they wish to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. Following is the majority of the note he sent me. “We decided that […]

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New Search Engine Released for All Isreal Databases (AID)

The following was received from the President of IGRA: The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has released a new search engine for their AID (All Israel Databases) section . In July, at the IAJGS International Conference in Paris, IGRA was awarded the Stern Grant with the intent that these monies to be used to […]

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