From Hava Nagila at the Olympics to Israeli Technology at the UN: Shining a light on the positive faces of Israel and the Jewish community by Rachel Ishofsky Last Sunday, an Olympic gymnast - Aly Raisman - did a floor routine to Hava Nagila. As one might assume, she's Jewish. And when she got up in front of the whole world to perform, she broadcast this fact to all who watched. There are times and places in which the whole world comes … [Read more...] about From Hava Nagila at the Olympics to Israeli Technology at the U.N.
by Zvi Peleg During summer vacation for 1.3 million Israeli school children, it’s worth asking what sort of education system we want waiting for them in September. Will the school system offer experiences to prepare them for life? Will students be able to genuinely prepare for their integration into Israeli society? Will they be exposed to social values and learn to appreciate the importance of contributing to that society? Answers to … [Read more...] about Our Education System Can Put Up a Fight Against Facebook
by Go'el Jasper As a child in the 70s and 80s in the United States, I used to define Zionism in blunt, simple terms. If you wore a white shirt with blue pants on Yom HaAtzmaut, you were behaving like a Zionist. If you had pictures hanging in your home with Israel themes, such as the famous photo of the three soldiers standing by the Western Wall or the one of Begin, Carter and Sadat shaking hands at Camp David, that made you a … [Read more...] about Zionism 2.0
by Charlene Seidle and Brachie Sprung As we enter the Hebrew month of Av, Jews around the world begin nine somber days of mourning leading up to Tisha Be’av (the 9th of Av), one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar. There are many reasons that we mourn on this day, but most famously it is because of the destruction of Jerusalem and the thousands of years of exile that ensued. Today, Jerusalem is showing signs of returning to its … [Read more...] about From the Ashes: Jerusalem Re-Imagined
Israeli municipalities have begun to develop community foundations similar to those in existence around the world. The purpose of these Israeli foundations is to secure financial support from people both in Israel and abroad and to raise funds for community-related projects. In Israel it is not unusual for the mayor of the city to be chair of the foundation’s board of directors or at least a member of the board. It is also not unusual for the … [Read more...] about The Challenges of Community Foundations in Israel