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A message from a friend in Nepal

April 27, 2015
By The iCenter

Thinking of our friends, family and all those affected by the #NepalQuake. From our friend Ayal WK, who has been in Nepal for the past 5 months and has found refuge with the Israeli embassy:

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The Threads That Bind Us

April 01, 2015
By Alex Feder

Going to Poland this past summer was the first time I had ever been to a place outside the U.S. that my family once called home. I felt an especially strong connection at the Treblinka memorial, which comprises thousands of stones, each bearing the name of a community that was wiped out at the camp.

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Yehuda Avner: His Legacy is Medinat Yisrael

March 01, 2015
By The iCenter

"...to recapture how I came to be in the company of such amazing individuals, these early leaders of Israel, who were thrust into my life with such collision force that their hold on my imagination is intensely alive and personal still.

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A Personal Reflection from a First-Time Voter

March 01, 2015
By Loren Sykes

The three days I felt most “Israeli” were August 20, 2013, Yom Ha’Atzmaut 2014 and March 17, 2015. August 20, 2013 was the day that my family and I landed here as olim. Yom Ha’Atzmaut 2014 was our first independence day in Israel. And, just recently, March 17, 2015 was my first chance to vote in Israel's national elections for the Knesset.

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Reflections from a Shlichah on Voting Absentee

March 01, 2015
By Tal Shaked

On Thursday, March 5, I woke up feeling unusually festive, and drove to the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to exercise my right to vote for the twentieth Knesset of the State of Israel.

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Finding the Words for Expression: An iFellow Slam Poem

March 01, 2015
By Rachel Mylan

Ever since I entered the field of Jewish education, I have been struggling to find the right words to explain it. To my friends and family at home, I have entered confusing territory. Education, they understand. But Jewish Education? Israel Education? It’s harder to visualize.

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Reflections on the Upcoming Elections in Israel

February 01, 2015
By Shalom Orzach

The period leading up to the elections in Israel (March 17, 2015) will occur between Chanukah and shortly after Purim. I cannot help thinking about the symbolism in this juxtaposition. The story of Chanukah together with the celebratory songs composed in Israel so speak to the story of the creation of the State.

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Between Unity and Uniformity: The Many Lenses of Israel Education

February 01, 2015
By The iCenter

Dr. Zohar Raviv, International VP of Education for Taglit-Birthright Israel, challenges us to think about and understand the many landscapes of Israel and Israel education in this latest ELI talks.

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ELI talks - Contemporary Israel: A Language of People and Sounds

January 01, 2015
By The iCenter

Udi Krauss, a musician and Israel educator, shares the importance of Hebrew, mifgashim and connecting to contemporary Israel in this ELI talks sponsored by the iCenter.

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יום הולדת שמח - "Happy Birthday" Ben Yehuda

January 01, 2015
By Alex Feder and Binnie Swislow

Getting within earshot of a group of people during a vacation in Costa Rica, wondering who they are and where they are from, a huge smile and feeling of home comes over me as I recognize they are speaking Hebrew. I know them, but have never met them before. So what is it that makes me feel that we share something?

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