Pluralism, acceptance, love and hope

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“As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.” —Steven Spielberg Last Friday was a day filled with sorrow, festivity and nationalism, as three […]

The Beauty of Jerusalem

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The Talmud teaches, “Ten measures of beauty descended on the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem, one by the rest of the world.” Years later, Mark Twain said, “There is no beauty like the beauty of Jerusalem.” Today, the 26th of Iyar marks the 48th anniversary of the Six-Day War when the third day of […]

Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror

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Today, Israel and the Jewish world observes Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, and ceremonies nationwide honor the 23,320 servicemen and victims of terror who had fallen since 1860. This year that has elapsed since last Yom Hazikaron has been a very difficult one, beginning with the cruel […]

The ways we remember

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“We are still here. And no matter what, we shall continue to be here to tell people so they can learn from our history.” Elie Wiesel At exactly 10 a.m. today the Jewish state paused for two minutes as a siren wailed across the country to mark Yom Hashoah-Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. 2015 marks […]

Israel’s Elections for the 20th Knesset

Yesterday, almost 72 percent of nearly six million eligible Israeli voters demonstrated their most basic democratic privilege to influence Israel’s future by voting for the twentieth Knesset (Israeli parliament). A very short and emotional pre-election period of only 90 days ended last night with surprising results that contradicted all pre-election polls. The Likud, Prime Minister […]

“Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha”, When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy! “

Last week, a group of 20 leaders from 15 JCCs embarked on a Jewish journey, which began at David Ben-Gurion’s burial place in Israel’s desert and ended in modern Tel Aviv. This journey was part of JCC Association’s Israel Enhancement program, an initiative aimed to enhance JCC’s Israel programming and engagement. JCC Association’s commitment and […]

A View from Jerusalem – January 2015

Unusual cold winds blow over our Israeli skies, reminding us what real winter really looks like in other countries, France for example. Beautiful Paris, the city of lights is known for its cold white winter setting, where alongside fluffy snowflakes the Eiffel Tower stands tall and bright, symbolizing freedom and democracy. But this January, other […]

Hanukkah Message, in light of Israel’s upcoming elections

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  Tonight the Jewish world will light the first candle of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrating the Jewish rebellion against their Greek oppressors. Hanukkah has come to symbolize our everlasting struggle against oppression throughout our shared history. Two weeks ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni of […]

A Reflection of the JCC Movement Solidarity Trip to Israel

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Two weeks ago a group of 15 leaders from our JCC Movement embarked on a special journey in Israel to express solidarity with the people of Israel in the aftermath of the war in Gaza this summer. Our journey took us through Israel’s emotionally scarred south. We met unbelievable people who live their Zionism daily. […]

What autumn winds cannot blow away

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Israel’s fall brings the first rain and wind, and tries to wash away 50 days of fighting and the memories of the long, painful and frustrating summer war we fought against Hamas. But Mother Nature’s attempts to blow away summer nightmares aren’t very successful. A few days ago we took our family to Shlomo Artzi’s […]

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