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Experiencing Israel through art and tech

IMG-20160707-WA0003Teens participating in ARTEL, a year-long immersive in that works with the visual arts and high-tech industries to develop teens’ Jewish identity and Russian-Jewish heritage, while building a connection to the state of Israel, took part in their Israel journey earlier this summer. The teens gained valuable leadership skills and a direct connection to the Jewish homeland while checking out the art and tech scenes of contemporary Israel.

ARTEL Teen Fellowship is a project of the Marks JCH, in partnership with JCC Association and the Council on Jewish Émigré Jewish Organizations.

Pride in the Holy Land

masada 2016The Jewish Community Center of Austin led a second continental LGBTQ trip to Israel. While allowing participants to take in traditional sites from the Jewish homeland, they also were able to take part in the annual Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. More than 200,000 people from around the globe celebrated in the streets, in what has become one of the most popular pride events in the world. Leave it to Israel to be among the best!

An oasis at the J


A Jewish-themed play space at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo-Alto captures the feel of a desert oasis for the pint-sized set. The whimsical playground opened this summer and will later include a cafe, Nourish: A Newish Jewish Cafe featuring the cuisines of New York, Israel, and California.

Designed by Bay Area design firm Scientific Art Studio, this oasis is only missing the camels. The playground features a desert tent, a giant pomegranate, kid-sized earthen pots, slides and water.

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