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Jewish Values in Action: The True Reality of Today’s Israel

By Leah Garber At the end of this August weekend in Israel: 55 hours of fighting; 1,100 missiles aimed at Israeli civilian targets; 96% intercepted by the Iron Dome, and 20% of the rockets launched by Islamic Jihad terrorists failed and exploded inside Gaza, killing 15 civilians. The assassination of two senior Islamic Jihad officials, … Continued

Shabbat Shalom 22 Kislev 5782 שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Read On My son, Aaron, is a student at Machon Pardes (The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies), where he is spending a semester studying Jewish texts—a spiritual journey taking the place of the kind of post-army trek to southeast Asia typical of many young Israelis. For Aaron, who received a limited formal Jewish education growing … Continued

Normality is in Our DNA, But Not This Summer

By Leah Garber Israeli summers boast an endless holiday atmosphere. Dressed in casual, light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats, people fill the streets—on their way to and from the beach, enjoying alfresco meals under colorful awnings, and racing to finish sweet, melting ice cream treats. A lazy walk carries the scent of sunscreen in the air … Continued

JCC Association Awards $100,000 to 10 JCCs for Program Models That Broaden Israel Engagement

Inaugural grants focus on dialogue and programming beyond politics and religion to draw communities together NEW YORK —JCC Association of North America, through its inaugural Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, in 2019 awarded a total of $100,000 to 10 JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) that are … Continued

Israel’s Elections: May Three Be the Charm

Weary and divided, frustrated and disappointed, the Israeli people went back to the polls yesterday for the third time in under a year. As a reminder, the elections for the 23rd Knesset (Israel’s parliament) were called under unprecedented circumstances: the two previous Knessets, elected on April 9th and again on September 17th, failed to form … 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

A View from Jerusalem—August 2017

… no further than our own backyards Steamy hot August is one of Israel’s well-known features. One that attracts tourists from all over the world, escaping chillier and rainier summers to enjoy our wonderful beaches and sunny skies. But Israelis take for granted what others value, and during the month of August flee Israel’s high … Continued

Discovering a new way to celebrate Israel

by Liran Shoseyov Yesterday I fell in love—with what you might ask? I fell in love with parades! I understand that parades are very common in New York and every week there is a parade for a different cause. But for me, as an Israeli who just moved to the city, it was a unique … Continued