Few programs can draw people to Jewish life like a Purim carnival. Indeed, there is a timeless charm to the classic scene: teenagers making homemade games for costumed kids running from station with fists full of tickets and faces speckled with hamentaschen crumbs. So when a few dozen teens from the newly invigorated Hashomer Hatzair youth movement in Sofia, Bulgaria - led by their Jewish Agency Shaliach - learned that this year’s carnival could … [Read more...] about Bulgarian Teens Rescue Purim Carnival
by Ian Shulman The Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine Museum, the biggest post-USSR Jewish memorial complex newly opened in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, was declared to have a somewhat larger focus group than other Jewish establishments of the city. Just like the Menorah Jewish Community Center, where the museum is situated, it aspires to attract people of all beliefs, heritage and interests. A Jewish museum rarely becomes a major … [Read more...] about The Museum of Jewish Past and Future
A Musical Journey to Andhra Pradesh: Understanding the Bnei Ephraim by Irene Orleansky I have always been fascinated by the story of the lost tribes and wished to contribute to their return to Zion. Being neither an anthropologist nor a politician, I decided to go about it using my own talent, music. That is how in January of 2012, equipped with a small mobile studio, I came to start my journey through Africa and Asia to record a CD of music … [Read more...] about A Musical Journey to Andhra Pradesh
by Robin Nobel As a grants officer for the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, a family foundation that supports the preservation and promotion of Jewish heritage across Europe, my travel schedule can sometimes read like the Easyjet flightpath. From Barcelona to St Petersburg and from Rome to Glasgow, I visit projects throughout the continent but few site visits have left me as perplexed as a recent one to Budapest. I was in the Hungarian … [Read more...] about Jewish Studies in Hungary: An Endangered Species?
The Jewish Agency’s International School Twinning Network, a new outgrowth of Partnership2Gether’s platform, recently launched an online network to upgrade Israel-Diaspora educational engagement and strengthen the connection between participating schools. … [Read more...] about Networking the Connection