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Posts by Leah Garber

A Vow to Keep

Israel’s elections and political disputes were pushed aside yesterday as Israeli leaders joined some 47 world delegates to issue a rallying cry in a fight against anti-Semitism. The first of its kind, it was the largest ever diplomatic gathering that marked the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation. Gathering yesterday afternoon in Jerusalem at Yad … Continued

No Hate. No Fear.

Today, the tenth of the Hebrew month of Tevet, commemorates the beginning of the siege on Jerusalem in 589 BCE by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Ultimately, this siege led to the destruction of the First Temple and the exile of the Jews to Babylonia. With the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, the 10th of Tevet … Continued

Nov. 21, 2019: A nation on hold

The phrase “for the first time in Israel’s political history” begins to wear thin, but nevertheless, is still true. Once again, no candidate was able to form a coalition, and following 21-day grace period in which last-minute attempts were made to save the country from the turmoil it’s in, Israel will most likely be heading … Continued

In the aftermath of Israeli elections

On my way to a family holiday abroad, I was forced to handle some flight delays that apparently can’t be avoided. Standing by the airline counter along with other frustrated passengers from across the world, I was approached by one of them who asked me where we were from. As soon as she heard we … Continued

שבת שלום ~ Shabbat Shalom 22 Av, 5779

The following is a Shabbat Shalom guest post from Leah Garber, JCC Association Vice President, Israel Engagement. A Hero’s Story In February 1984, during the cold and windy winter of Holland, Pennsylvania, a legend was born. In August 2006, the man who became this legend was killed. Michael Levin, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, made … Continued

Festival Times

Last week the Jewish world celebrated Shavuot, Chag Matan Torah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah highlights recent changes in Israel’s pluralistic climate. We see more and more ways that we can break the glass ceiling through Jewish studies, making them open and accessible to all. After a rich, decadent meal of … Continued

Twelve torches of Israel

Tonight, the Jewish people will pause for a moment of silence. Sirens will wail across the Israel like a single cry carried in the wind. A nation will bow its head, whispering a prayer for peace, with deep gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifices. 27,904 men and women, our sisters and brothers, our … Continued

Reaching the moon and beyond…

Reaching the moon and beyond…  Tomorrow night the Jewish people will gather around festive Pesach Seder tables and recite from the Haggadah: “In every generation, a person is obligated to see himself as if he had left Egypt.” Pesach, known as the celebration of our freedom, marks the redemption of the Israelites after hundreds of … Continued

From Sorrow to Joy

“The month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day.” As the Jewish world prepares for Purim’s festivities and joy, I want to recognize that 107 years ago today, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was founded. Henrietta Szold, Hadassah’s founder, was an American Jewish Zionist. … Continued