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 […]

JCC Day Camps See Israel Close Up

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Ten JCC day camp directors have been selected for our new Israel Up Close program in April. These directors will join Dr. David Ackerman, director of the Mandel Center for Jewish Education, and Jodi Sperling, director of camping and the Merrin Center for Teen Engagement,  for an educational seminar in Israel, including participation in the […]

JCCs Travel to Israel with Boarding Pass

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The Mandell JCC from Hartford, Connecticut is just one of many JCCs that is sending groups of travelers to Israel through JCC Association’s Boarding Pass travel program. Each group’s itinerary is specifically designed by the staff at our Israel office to focus on the group’s interests. There are wine and food trips, tours for art […]

A Thanksgiving Message from Israel

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This week many Americans and those living in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. Although this is a national holiday and not a Jewish holiday, Thanksgiving is probably one of the most Jewish-like holidays. According to our tradition, we are obligated to give thanks a hundred times each day. Our moral ethics guide us to […]

Tourism in Israel at Highest Level

Although driving on Israel’s roads this time of the year can be frustrating, most Israelis are happy to inch along behind crowded tour buses. So far, 2012 is a banner year for tourism in Israel. Over 1.4 million tourists visited between January and May, 4 percent more than the previous record set in 2010. For […]

Israel Struggles with Illegal Aliens

Every coin has two sides. That’s the reality of our complex lives. This week, Israel dealt with a very complicated issue–the Illegal refugees from Sudan and Eretria-and it turns out that there are more than just two points of view. Some 60,000 illegal immigrants currently reside in Israel, including 35,000 Eritreans and 15,000 Sudanese. (These numbers […]

Israeli Philanthropy Comes of Age

Right now we are in between two Jewish holidays, Purim and Pesach, both of which emphasize the obligation to care for the needy and–as far as Pesach goes–to welcome the stranger. On Purim, one of the main religious obligations is matanot l’evyonim, gifts for the poor, and during the Seder we read from the Haggadah: […]

Israel Has Continuously Sacrificed for Peace

In honor of the High Holidays beginning in less than two weeks, and in light of the upcoming vote in the United Nations on Palestinian statehood, I would like to dedicate this Message from Jerusalem to Israel’s ongoing efforts to reach peace, and the price paid by its citizens for that goal.   The Jewish […]

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