by Noga Zivan It is a source of ongoing debate within the Jewish NGO community as to how far we should be focusing our efforts on supporting our own people, whatever our understanding of that phrase means, and how much we should be looking to take responsibility for the wider world around us. During a recent sojourn in Kathmandu, Nepal, however, I got the opportunity to get to know one Jewish NGO which sees these things as far from … [Read more...] about Righting the World on the Roof of Asia: Tevel b’Tzedek in Nepal
by Benjamin Rutland exclusive to eJP As the bus bumped along the unpaved roads of Northern Ethiopia, the varied sounds of Ethiopian pop, American R&B and an occasional Israeli classic blared from the smartphones of the participants. The soundtrack reflected the multi-layered identities of the 15 outstanding Ethiopian-Israeli teens who participated in a roots tour of Ethiopia during Hannukah this year. I had the privilege to join the group … [Read more...] about My Parents Are My Heroes: Ethiopian-Israeli Teens Connect with Their Heritage
A delegation of outstanding Ethiopian-Israeli high school students visited the country where their parents were born. Zahava remembered that the name she was given at birth was Aregitu (meaning roots) - Netanel filmed a movie of the school where his father studied - Daniel connected with a young child who is waiting to make Aliyah - Gila was touched by singing Hatikva in the Jewish cemetery at Wolleka - All of the participants returned more … [Read more...] about Out of Africa, and Back
Love makes the melody immortal! Louis Lewandowski, 1821-1894 by Inbal Freund-Novick Hans Bloemendal is going to be 90 in a month. He has been a famous cantor in Amsterdam for over 40 years. His wife is holding his hand telling his story of survival through the Holocaust, his eyes tell us the rest of it - how he knew Anne Frank, how he watched another young girl who perished, his sister, make the wrong decision to not join him in the … [Read more...] about Love Makes the Melody Immortal!
by Eric Poris I recently had the opportunity to participate in a four day gathering, The Art of Giving Brick by Brick, in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The event was organized by the ROI Community in collaboration with ORT Mexico and the NGO “Help me, I'm also Mexican.” … [Read more...] about “The Art of Giving Brick by Brick” – A Recap of ROI’s Tikun Olam Mexico Gathering