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Operation Protective Edge — Day 28 The 50th day of fighting between Israel and Hamas brings incessant rocket fire toward Israel’s south and Israel’s center. So far more than 100 rockets have been fired at Israel today, some causing major damage. One of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in Ashkelon while […]

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Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge — Day 46 Since Hamas renewed firing missiles on Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of rockets have been launched at Israel. Some have made direct hits, including, very sadly, a four-year-old child who was killed. This was only just announced, but today’s missiles from Gaza also hit a synagogue in Ashdod earlier today that injured three, […]

Parashat R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:12)

“Bear in mind that you were slaves in Egypt, and take care to obey these laws.” (Deut. 16:12) Parashat R’eih is the Torah’s response to anyone who says, ”I have no choice.” It opens by declaring, “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse, “(Deut. 11:26) and continues to explain following the […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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  Operation Protective Edge — Day 44  Unfortunately, and sadly, to our greatest surprise and even greater disappointment, the war, which had taken a few days’ break, is now back, full speed. Since yesterday afternoon, eight hours before the extended cease-fire was to end, Hamas fired rockets into Israel. Since then more than 100 rockets […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge — day 39“The days in between” There is a great sense of uncertainty in the air. Yes, the ground operation is behind us, our troops are back on Israeli soil, peace talks are taking place in Cairo and life is almost back to normal — that’s almost. My family and I took advantage of […]

Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

“Love, therefore, the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His laws, His rules, and His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 11:1) Parashat Eikev offers a front-row seat for the unfolding of a Jewish idea. Moses tells the Israelites to, “…love your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave to him.” (Deut. 11:22) This […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Shabbat message— Operation Protective Edge continues So close — but not there yet. We were so close to a return to normalcy, to what an Israeli summer should be:  sun, beach, family time and a sense of freedom. But Hamas had other plans for us, as well as for the people of Gaza. After a full 72 […]

Parashat Va-etchanan (Deut. 3:23-7:11)

“You shall say to your child, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and God took us out of Egypt with a strong hand.’” (Deuteronomy 6:21) Parashat Va-etchanan includes both the Ten Commandments and the Sh’ma (Hear O Israel…), making it the summer “blockbuster” of weekly parashot (plural of parasha, or portion). This presentation of […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Coming home!!!

Operation Protective Edge — Day 29 And hopefully the last day of war and the first of a wonderful, normal summer! Both Israel and Hamas have agreed to the Egyptian initiative, which includes a 72-hour ceasefire. After that period, further discussions will take place in Cairo in an attempt to reach a permanent agreement. As […]

Giving JCCs the tools to “do” Israel

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This story was originally printed in the Summer 2014 issue of the JCC Circle. It started with a kernel of an idea: How can JCCs increase their engagement with Israel, both for the institution and for the people it serves? The result was Israel & Your JCC, an all-in-one guide to finding ways for the […]

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