Some doom-sayers worry about the intermarriage rate; others the shrinking birthrate in the Jewish community; or the lack of reasonably priced communal affiliation. Guess for these people the glass is always half empty. For those of us on the other side, those of us who see … [Read more...] about Wake Up and Smell The Coffee
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In light of the security situation in Sderot and the Gaza perimeter, the Jewish Agency is giving $1.7 in scholarships to the Sapir College in Sderot. The scholarships of $1000 each will be given to 1,700 students studying at the college. The funds were raised by the UJC. This … [Read more...] about Supporting Sderot
Speaking yesterday afternoon at JAFI's Board of Governor's meeting in Jerusalem, Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned of an erosion of the Zionist idea, a trend advanced by the growing de-legitimization of Israel in the international community, and said that Israel and … [Read more...] about Livni Calls on World Jewry to Help Reverse Erosion of ‘Zionist Idea’
One of the biggest conversations in the Jewish world today is the interaction between the Diaspora and Israel. Or, if you are sitting on this side of the ocean, between Israel and the Diaspora. Therefore, with JAFI Board Members beginning to congregate in Jerusalem for their … [Read more...] about A Shared Jewish Community
As the central hub in which most affiliated Jews express their sense of Jewish commitment and belonging, the synagogue is a natural place to deepen the relationship to Israel. And so, a new endeavor began in Jerusalem yesterday as a group of American participants have come … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to be an Israel-Engaged Synagogue?