Update from JCC Israel Center

israeli soldiers at sunset

Operation Protective Edge — Day 18 After a relatively calm night, sirens blared across southern and central Israel today, marking the 18th day of Operation Protective Edge. Sirens went off in Eilat, too. Unfortunately the number of Israeli soldiers killed in battle rose to 33 with the killing of a reservist, Sgt. 1st Class Yair […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 17 Operation Protective Edge’s  17th day brings more rockets fired into Israel, hard-fought battles in Gaza, and the discovery of more deadly tunnels, which have been exposed and destroyed with explosives.  So far 31 tunnels have been exposed, preventing terrorist attacks and the many tragedies and civilian deaths that go […]

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Parashat Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13)

“These are the journeys of the Israelites who started out from the land of Egypt, troop by troop, in the charge of Moses and Aaron.” (Numbers 33:1) Parashat Masei is the last parasha (portion) in the book of Numbers and lists the 42 stops the Israelites made in the desert. It declares, “Moses recorded the starting […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

JCCs Stand with Israel

Operation Protective Edge – Day 16 Today Israelis demonstrated once again the meaning of unity — that we are indeed, one people. More than 30,000 Israelis attended Max Steinberg’s funeral, a “lone soldier” up until today, who died in combat but was mourned by a nation, his extended family. Max’s mother said at his funeral: […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

Sean Carmeli funeral 2014

Operation Protective Edge – Day 15   Sgt. Sean Carmeli, a Golani fighter was killed in the Gaza earlier this week. Sean was under the official status of “a lone soldier” as his parents live both in the United States and in Israel. The 6,000-mile journey Sean’s parents made to bury him must have been […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

JCCs Stand with Israel

Operation Protective Edge – Day 14 By the end of today, we mourn the loss of 25 Israeli soldiers that were killed since the ground operation began. We never get used to the pain; it’s always shocking, always heartbreaking. Israel is burying its sons. They are not anonymous Israeli men — they are now all our children, […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge – Day 11 At exactly 10:30 pm Israel time last night, our troops entered the Gaza Strip and marked the beginning of the ground operation. Israeli residents living near the Gaza border have been instructed to stay at bomb shelters throughout the night. In the lead up to this escalation, Israel had […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

JCCs Stand with Israel

Operation Protective Edge – Day 10  On the tenth day of Operation Protective Edge, the ground war has just started. Today, it really hit me— the great dissonance between the reality of missile attacks and red alerts, and going about our lives. This was really driven home for me yesterday when I visited one of […]

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Parashat Mattot (Numbers 30:2-32:42)

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,” Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin.” (Numbers 31:1) Parashat Mattot provides a rebuttal to the familiar adage, “Talk is cheap.” Mattot begins by declaring the inviolability of men’s vows. It continues with laws permitting fathers to annul their young daughters’ […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

JCCs Stand with Israel

Operation Protective Edge – Day Nine As I was writing yesterday’s update about Israeli volunteers, 37-year-old Dror Hanin, father of three from Israel’s center, drove to the Gaza border to share refreshments with Israel’s soldiers.  Dror was hit by a missile and died from his wounds a few hours later. Dror paid for his kind heart with […]

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