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Posts by Leah Garber

A View From Jerusalem – May 2018

A week to remember On Sunday, Jerusalem, our capital, the city of gold and light, celebrated the 51st anniversary of its unification with tens of thousands of teenagers dancing the streets, waving blue and white flags in honor of this landmark occasion. These endless circles of dancers were the warm up show for today’s historical … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – April 2018

Pride is in the air! “As long as deep in the heart, The soul of a Jew yearns, And forward to the east To Zion, an eye looks.” —Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem Driving around Israel these past few days offers an emotional experience, almost spiritual. All streets are decorated for festivity—blue and white flags hang … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – March 2018

A few days ago, I joined one of our JCCs visiting in Israel on a tour of the Hall of Independence in Tel Aviv, a place I consider a modern-day shrine. This is the holy place of where the State of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, on May 14, … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – February 2018

Tikkun Olam “I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.” —Abraham Lincoln On a sunny but chilly morning a few weeks ago, I had a fascinating conversation with a Houstonian taxi driver who drove me across town from one of … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – January 2018

One hundred and sixty years ago today, one of the great modern day innovators was born, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who revived the Hebrew language. Ben Yehuda dedicated his life to renewing an extinct langue that up to that moment belonged to prayer books and Jewish texts only. He fought shatterd barriers, broke conventions and led … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – December 2017

Jerusalem of Gold On my drive to Jerusalem this sunny morning following a stormy night, Israel’s capital revealed itself, shining and glowing, as if our beloved city isn’t sure whether to celebrate or to shy away from all the fuss it has just created. And yet the streets were decorated with Israeli and American flags, … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – November 2017

Kaf-Tet B’November (29 November) Today the Jewish world marks one of the great moments in our modern history – the adoption of United Nations Resolution 181 recommending the end of the British Mandate and the formation of a Jewish state. The resolution also recommended setting up a separate Arab nation with special international regime for … Continued

Mother Nature’s playground

Fall is in the air. A season of uncertainty. Unpredictable weather toys with summer’s swan song and winter’s hesitance to obscure our skies. Cold winds blow a mixture of leaves from where they lie on the ground like a wild, confused paint palette. During the summer of 2017, the world witnessed an overwhelming number of … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – September 2017

Days of Awe The last days of Israel’s hot and steamy summer finally shorten. The air with cooler winds, heralding the longed for fall. Wandering birds fly high above, escaping Europe’s oncoming winter, looking for warmth and serenity. We are surrounded by the Days of Awe, days of self-reflection and examination, days of hope. Hopes … Continued

A View from Jerusalem—August 2017

… no further than our own backyards Steamy hot August is one of Israel’s well-known features. One that attracts tourists from all over the world, escaping chillier and rainier summers to enjoy our wonderful beaches and sunny skies. But Israelis take for granted what others value, and during the month of August flee Israel’s high … Continued