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Between Unity and Uniformity: The Many Lenses of Israel Education

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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Rega Shel Limud: Tu B'Shvat

By Shalom Orzach

Olive Tree at Ramat RachelTu B'Shvat - the New Year for Trees - always falls close to Shabbat Shira, a Shabbat (or perhaps a week) of singing.

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Planting Ideas on Tu B'shvat

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

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

By Barry Chazan
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A Tale of Two Stories

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?'

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

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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How Do We Tell The Story of Tisha b'Av?

By Shalom Orzach

How do we tell the story of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of Av, the date in which the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed? 

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100 Years Later, Herzl’s Message Remains Universal in the Unlikeliest of Places

By Michael B. Soberman

Early in June on a sweltering hot day, I met an old friend in Chicago’s southwest neighborhood of North Lawndale. In this neighborhood – once a hub for Jewish inhabitants many years ago – stands the Theodore Herzl School of Excellence, a most unlikely place to find the name of one of the visionaries of Zionism. But there is a story attached to the name of this school – a story that is both insp

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