Rosh Hashanah, which started Sunday evening, September 9, and extends through Tuesday evening September 11 is the first of several important Jewish holidays that extend through the month of September and into early October. During the last two years, there has been a spike in clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank and Israel during this period of high Jewish holidays. While this year could be different, we are expecting a pattern similar to the last two years and, as a consequence, expect that over the next several weeks, international news media will be giving more attention to incidents in Israel, the West Bank and the border between Gaza and Israel. These clashes have never created problems for students or other personnel at the Jerusalem Center in the past and we do not expect any problems this year. They do, however, “make the news” and elevate risks some. The Center has successfully managed these risks throughout its history. We will provide additional information on this website if there are any unusual incidents this year.