Hanukkah Message, in light of Israel’s upcoming elections

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  Tonight the Jewish world will light the first candle of Hanukkah, a holiday celebrating the Jewish rebellion against their Greek oppressors. Hanukkah has come to symbolize our everlasting struggle against oppression throughout our shared history. Two weeks ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni of […]

A Reflection of the JCC Movement Solidarity Trip to Israel

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Two weeks ago a group of 15 leaders from our JCC Movement embarked on a special journey in Israel to express solidarity with the people of Israel in the aftermath of the war in Gaza this summer. Our journey took us through Israel’s emotionally scarred south. We met unbelievable people who live their Zionism daily. […]

What autumn winds cannot blow away

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Israel’s fall brings the first rain and wind, and tries to wash away 50 days of fighting and the memories of the long, painful and frustrating summer war we fought against Hamas. But Mother Nature’s attempts to blow away summer nightmares aren’t very successful. A few days ago we took our family to Shlomo Artzi’s […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat message — of memory and mercy For 11 Israeli families, and for many more in Israel and around the Jewish world, today is a day of sorrow. Forty-two years ago, in 1972, the XX Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany. The atmosphere leading up to the Games was filled with tension as […]

Update from JCC Israel Center

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A Shabbat of peace — and of hope How wonderful it is to write this update now that the 50 days war in Gaza is behind us. A war that took the lives of 71 Israelis, including today’s last casualty, Netanel Maman, who was critically wounded a week ago. When the rocket hit he was […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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