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 […]

The Importance of Jewish Peoplehood

According to Jewish scholar Avraham Infeld, a good friend of JCC Association, “peoplehood” is the knowledge-based sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish people, its values, its big ideas, its potential, and to Israel, the expression of its national sovereignty. The term “Jewish peoplehood” in its contemporary sense originated with Mordechai Kaplan (1881-1983). After […]

Political Scandal: Sign of Collapse or Strength?

Lately, the leaders of the State of Israel seem to be tested again and again. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is accused of corruption; Israel’s former president, Moshe Katsav, was found guilty of two counts of rape; the new chief of staff, Yoav Galant, was accused of irregularities when building his house. The whole country suddenly […]

An Israeli New Year’s

The secular year of 2010 ended exactly two weeks ago. Although we wish each other Shana Tova at Rosh Hashanah in the fall, more and more Israelis celebrate New Year on January 1. This relatively new trend is a result of one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who are used to celebrating this […]

A View from Jerusalem

  Israel is a wonderful country, and Israelis are usually happy people. On most days, things are going well. However, every once in a while we get slapped with some sort of crisis that reminds us that we live in a dangerous neighborhood. We are used to military operations and terror attacks, and consider them […]