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 […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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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 […]

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 […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge – Cease-Fire or Day Eight? After a relatively quiet night, this morning began with hopes for a cease-fire to end this round of fighting. Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian cease-fire initiative. Hamas’ armed wing, on the other hand, rejected the offer, saying it represented surrender to Israel.As soon as Israel accepted […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

JCCs Stand with Israel

Operation Protective Edge – Day Seven The seventh day of Operation Protective Edge began with an increase in the number of missiles launched at Israel’s south. Earlier today Israel used a Patriot missile to intercept a Hamas drone. Yesterday the situation escalated when Hamas struck further into the heart of Israel than ever before, with a rocket […]

An update from JCC Israel Center

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Operation Protective Edge- Day four The fourth day of Operation Protective Edge began with an early morning shooting from southern Lebanon aimed at Israel’s most northern town, Metula, which sits on the Lebanese border. No damage or injuries were reported. At this point it is still unclear who was behind this one sporadic attack. This […]

An update from JCC Israel Center

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July 10 2014 Operation Protective Edge – background and updates During the search for the three missing Israeli boys, Eyal Yifrach, GilAd Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, Israel’s Defense Forces arrested many former prisoners who had been released during the prisoner exchange that resulted in the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011. At that […]

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Parallel Cities

When I had originally planned on this month’s message, I had no idea that I would open it with a prayer for the safety and well being of three Israeli boys who were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from boarding school. Since early Friday morning, these three students have become all our boys. […]

Days to remember and to celebrate

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Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. How the date to commemorate the murder of six million Jews was chosen was a fraught and difficult process, one that Rabbi Irving Greenberg detailed in his book, “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays” and excerpted here at MyJewishLearning.com. In Israel, a siren […]

The Maccabiah Is an Expression of Jewish Pride

For weeks now, the highways leading to Jerusalem from Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv have been decorated with the faces of Jewish athletes participating in the largest Jewish event ever, the Maccabiah. The aura of festivity only grows stronger in Jerusalem, where the opening ceremonies will take place. Jerusalem of Gold is now Jerusalem […]

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