Israeli Economy: Not Just Black and White

The world relates to Israel as a land of conflict, and the common perception is that threats by Israel’s neighbors are the country’s greatest concern. This may be partly true, but recent events clearly demonstrate that the country’s domestic battles are just as dangerous to Israel’s survival. In recent months, Israeli society is experiencing social […]

The Meaning of a Jewish Home

On the fourteenth of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan 94 years ago, Lord Arthur James Balfour granted the Zionist movement a unprecedented historical declaration. The Balfour Declaration was a result of British policy gradually becoming committed to establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). In his letter to Lord Rothschild, Lord Balfour writes: “His […]

Gilad Shalit Returns Home After Five Years in Captivity

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“Shehecheeyanu v’kiyimanu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh. Blessed are You, G-d, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.” A terrorist group of Palestinians crossed the border 1,941 days ago, killed Hanan Barak and Pavel Slotzker, and kidnapped Gilad Schalit. Today, after 1,941 days in the dark, Gilad Schalit is home.   […]

An Intellectual Light Unto the Nations

Today the Jewish world marks the third day of Sukkot. Sukkot is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, when in ancient times the entire Jewish people came to Jerusalem to worship God at the Holy Temple, which was the center of the Jewish world.   The Holy Temple no longer stands, but Israel is still […]

Israel Has Continuously Sacrificed for Peace

In honor of the High Holidays beginning in less than two weeks, and in light of the upcoming vote in the United Nations on Palestinian statehood, I would like to dedicate this Message from Jerusalem to Israel’s ongoing efforts to reach peace, and the price paid by its citizens for that goal.   The Jewish […]

Mass Protests Indicate Israelis Desire for Economic Fairness

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For the past few weeks, Israel has gone through a historic period. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are in the streets, protesting against social injustice, and many more Israelis are supporting their cause. For many Israelis, especially younger ones, this mass movement reflects a moment of pride.  The Arab spring rose on the wings of […]

Welcoming the JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest

Ten days from today, on July 25th, 900 teens from North America will be arriving to participate in the first JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest program in Israel!   There are many reasons to be excited, mostly that 1500 JCC members (including teens, staff, delegation heads, JCC Association board members, execs and families) will be participating. […]

Jerusalem Day, 2011

I consider myself lucky to be able to drive by Jerusalem’s walls daily and admire their glory and beauty. I was born in Jerusalem, but was just a baby when the city was liberated and united. I often listen to my mother’s stories about life in Jerusalem prior to June 1967, when Jews could not […]

A Sudden Change of Mood

Last Monday, Israel and the Jewish world observed Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, and ceremonies nationwide honored the 22,867 servicemen and victims of terror who had fallen since 1860. The past year has seen 183 Israelis killed in the line of duty or in terror attacks. Five […]

A View from Jerusalem

In just a few days, the Jewish world will read the following words from the Haggadah: “For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.”   Last weekend, southern Israel […]

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