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A Shinshinit's Reflections on Yom Hazikaron

April 28, 2017
By Michal Katzman

Michal Katzman is a 19-year-old Shinshinit in Cleveland.  She shared meaningful reflections on Yom Hazikaron, her family, and being in the U.S. during Israel's Memorial Day.

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Through Your Legacy

April 16, 2017
By Dan Tatar

This oral history was lost to my family, only seen by 2 people - until now.

My grandfather Martin Tatar (z”l) served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was one of the first to climb over the wall in the liberation of Dachau.

Forty years later, on May 24, 1982, The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois interviewed my grandfather: 

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My First Pesach in Israel

March 01, 2017
By Lori Sagarin

At this season, wherever Jews gather the talk, it turns to Passover. It is, according to the most recent Jewish population study, the most celebrated holiday in American Jewish life, even surpassing Hanukkah.

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A Kibbutz Purim

February 27, 2017
By Ilan Vitemberg

Experiences shape who we are, deepen our relationships, and inspire tradition.  For our partner and friend Ilan Vitemberg at Jewish Learning Works, celebrating Purim on his Kibbutz was the one holiday he would give anything to experience.  What is it about Purim that is so universally captivating in Israel?

 

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Planting Ideas on Tu B'shvat

January 26, 2017
By Shalom Orzach

As educators, we strive to plant ideas and nourish learners. The Festival of Tu B’shvat, the New Year for Trees, offers much more than an opportunity to plant trees and eat fruit. By likening Tu B’shvat to Rosh Hashanah, the start of a “New Year,” the Rabbis intimate a profoundly important idea: The act of planting is an act of faith that embodies hope, prayer, humility, and compassion.

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Sukkot In Israel: 5 Stories From 5 Siblings

October 13, 2016
By Arielle Rosenberg

My family grew up in a moshav in northern Israel – my 5 cousins and their parents. As my cousins are getting older, I find it interesting as to what traditions and customs from their upbringing they choose to carry with them through life. So I asked each of them to share a Sukkot memory that left an impact on them. Below are 5 stories from 5 siblings.

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Thursday Morning in Israel – A Reflection by Barry Chazan

September 29, 2016
By Barry Chazan
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A Tale of Two Stories

September 22, 2016
By Jon Adam Ross & Nechamie Goldberg

"Boston to Birthright: A Serendipity Story" by Jonathan Adam Ross

To be clear: I have never been famous. But there was this one time…

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Asking 'What Can I Do?'

September 19, 2016
By Dan Tatar

For the past week, I have been surveying the contents of every room I enter: my home, my office, even stores I visit. I take notice of everything below chest level as I walk through – chairs, tables, vacation photo albums, children’s drawings, everything. It took decades to acquire all of these memories and possessions.

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History Unearthed: The Philistine Discovery and Israel Education

August 25, 2016
By Dustin Herlich

When I was young I visited a museum in Europe that allowed me to experience a reconstructed Viking village. The exhibit was superb. It was so real – even down to the recreated smells! It was this formative experience that made me fall in love with history and archaeology.

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