Last week, the amphitheater at Hebrew University's Mount Scopus Campus in Jerusalem was filled to capacity for a very special Birthright Israel Mega Event. If you've never been to one, a Mega Event brings together dozens of groups of Birthright Israel trip participants from around the world for a fun night of music, dancing and speeches by Israeli politicians, philanthropists and assorted luminaries. There's lots of flag waving and cheering, with … [Read more...] about Michael Steinhardt Honored at Taglit Birthright Israel Mega Event
There was a big hullabaloo here on eJewish Philanthropy the past couple of weeks that began with an otherwise innocuous and well meaning article by my dear friend, educator, comedian and hummus enthusiast Benji Lovitt. "In Israel Programs: The Case for Tel Aviv", Benji suggested that Israel educational trips, particularly Birthright Israel, do not spend enough time in Tel Aviv. He opines that Tel Aviv, as the embodiment of Israel’s modern, … [Read more...] about Birthright Tel Aviv: A Simple Solution
The final list of participants in the 2013 iteration of the ROI Summit was released recently. The ROI summit is an annual gathering that brings together a select group of 150 young Jews from across the world for an almost all expenses paid, intense, 4-day experience that involves networking, collaboration, skill building and more. To date there are over 800 alumni who have participated in ROI over the last 7 years of its existence. The alumni … [Read more...] about ROI 2013: Who Are You?
Co-written by Harry Rubenstein (@HarryR) and me, David Abitbol (@Jewlicious). By day they are Jewish community professionals, bloggers, writers, social media consultants and community activists, but by night they unleash their pent up sensual energy and become the sexiest Jews known to mankind. They are this years 100 Sexiest Jews on Twitter. With fingers and minds well honed from crafting clever 140 character missives, these Jews and Jewesses … [Read more...] about The 100 Sexiest Jews on Twitter: Thanks #JTA100
This is not going to be one of those complicated posts. Nope. Are we going to contemplate the historical revisionist perspective of the Maccabees? Are we going to contemplate the significance of light during these winter months and how that represents the promotion of knowledge, truth and justice in an ever darkening world? What about Wikileaks? Can we talk about that? The Jewish Agency’s first new mandate in 62 years? No. This is all about … [Read more...] about Chanukah Tweet Up in Jerusalem