Israeli emissaries at US summer camps wonder how best to serve

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Former members of elite IDF units frustrated by toasting marshmallows while cohort called up to Operation Protective Edge By Howard Blass PALMER, Massachusetts — At Camp Ramah in New England this weekend, Israeli emissary Yakov described feeling very far away from what’s happening in Israel while sitting in the idyllic Massachusetts forest surrounding his Jewish sleep-away summer camp. […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Hadar Goldin was kidnapped on August 1 during a cease fire.

Operation Protective Edge — Day 25 On the 25th day of Operation Protective Edge, I was planning to write something about our war routine. However nothing about today is routine. After going to sleep with the sound of the siren in the background, we woke up this morning to once again learn that five more […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Students in the IDC "war room"

Operation Protective Edge — Day 24 In the past 24 hours, 85 Israeli soldiers were wounded in Gaza and Hamas continues to fire at Israeli cities. The operation continues, even as we attempt to a cease-fire. This afternoon Hamas fired more rockets into several areas in central Israel. One fell near a school and another […]

Parashat D’varim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

“The Lord our God spoke to us at Chorev, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.’” (Deuteronomy 1: 6) Parashat D’varim opens the fifth and final book of the Torah (also called D’varim and known in English as Deuteronomy). D’varim comprises five speeches by Moses who begins by reprising the desert experience (which […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

NY rally

Operation Protective Edge— Day 23 On the 23rd day of the fighting, we woke up to relative calm — Hamas fired significantly lower fewer rockets into Israel. Unfortunately that didn’t last too long. Israel agreed to another UN request for a unilateral humanitarian cease-fire; however, once again Hamas violated the calm, firing rockets in to […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

Aleh village resident

Operation Protective Edge — Day 22 Waking up to the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge to news that five more Israeli soldiers had been killed, bringing the total deaths to a painful 53, is a terrible way to begin a day. The five soldiers were killed when terrorists from Gaza entered Israel through an […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

A wounded soldier had to clear the furniture from his room to provide space for all the supportive letters he received.

Operation Protective Edge — Day 21 On the 21st day of Operation Protective Edge, Israel counts with tears the death of 48 Israeli soldiers killed in battle. These are 48 young lives, 48 bereaved families that will forever mourn. 48 sacrifices so that we can live in peace. After a quiet night without rockets, following […]

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 […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

reuven rivlin

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 […]

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 […]