"I am outraged by the UNESCO resolution that was passed today. Several weeks ago, I hosted a delegation of UNESCO ambassadors on a tour of the City of David. With a Bible in our hands, we walked on the very stones where kings and prophets walked 3,000 years ago. We saw the undeniable connection between Jewish history in the city of Jerusalem and the words of the Bible- a connection that is indisputable.

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.

 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.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles held their annual National Tribute Dinner, during which they awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to the late Ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. Chemi Peres, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, received the medal on behalf of his late father.

Over a thousand guests attended the dinner, including actors and heads of the Hollywood film industry, such as Barbara Streisand, Ice Cube, Michael Douglas, and more. Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of Universal Studios, received the Humanitarian Award.