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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – The first thing I learned in Israel is that there is no such thing as lines. Any form of order or organization is simply frowned upon in a society, comprised of a people that has been pushed around enough throughout history to … more
RAANANA, Israel (JTA) – Chani Lerner-Mor’s political activism began on a street corner here in 1993. The landmark Oslo Accords, ceding parts of the West Bank to Yassir Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, had been signed recently. … more
“Amazing” and “life-changing” is what many participants call a Birthright trip. But I didn’t realize that as a Birthright staff member, I too would have my own transformative experience. Seeing participants on my trip explore Israel for … more
JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Chinese government has agreed to send two giant pandas to a zoo in Israel. The gift will be conferred on the Haifa Zoo if Chinese panda experts agree that the conditions there will be appropriate for the animals, … more
EILAT, Israel (JTA) — Zili Grossman did public relations for “half the hotels” in Eilat, she says. She was the mayor’s press adviser. Her job took her to festivals, bowling alleys, theaters and miniature golf courses — the gamut of tourist … more
JERUSALEM (JTA) – When the Maccabees climbed the stairs of the Temple in Jerusalem, they lit the menorah with the knowledge that there was only enough oil to last for one day. Only a miracle could turn oil into a renewable resource. And the future … more
BALTIMORE (JTA) – Drew Koike knew a bit about Israel: its capital, location, climate and biblical roots. But it never dawned on the 14-year-old Washingtonian that hockey existed in the country. That was until earlier this year, when the coach … more
In the beginning of August we had a few small farewell ceremonies with the long-term groups who were hosted in the Gilboa for over a month. These were mostly groups of families from Kfar Aza who stayed at Nir Haemek (Simcha Peer is the president of … more
In the beginning of July, I began a Jewish Agency course studying about aliyah, the Diaspora, private and collective Jewish identity and, of course, about American customs. more
/Courtesy | Gilor Meshulam Gilor Meshulam (right), the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island’s new Israeli shaliach (emissary), and Providence’s Yehuda Fishhaut (left) together at Ein ha’Shlosha, near Kissufim, which is one of the main … more
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