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A Personal Reflection from a First-Time Voter

February 28, 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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How Our Life Experiences Inform Our Teaching: An iFellow Reflection

December 01, 2014
By Yael Dadoun

Recently, I came upon a video showing non-Jewish people trying “Jewish food” for the first time. Inevitably, aside from matzo ball soup, the food elicited general reactions of disgust and “yuckiness” - chopped liver, gefilte fish and so on.

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Light in the Darkness: A Chanukkah Story

November 01, 2014
By Alex Feder

Most people know that the phrase “Festival of Lights” refers to Chanukkah, but it took a special experience in Jerusalem’s central bus station for me to really grasp the meaning. In December 2013, I was at a food court when a man several feet away said ezra b’vakasha, which means “help, please” in Hebrew. I looked over and saw that he was blind and needed assistance at an ATM.

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Time-Related Events, Timeless Reflection

November 01, 2014
By Shalom Orzach

On Tuesday, November 18, terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, brutally murdering five men and injuring others. Shalom Orzach reflects on the timeless lessons in the wake of this shocking and devastating event.

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