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Discovering My Grandfather's Legacy

By Dan Tatar

This oral history was lost to my family, only seen by two 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

By Lori Sagarin

At this season, wherever Jews gather the talk, it turns to Passover. It is, according to a recent Jewish population study, the most celebrated holiday in American Jewish life, even surpassing Chanukkah. Recently, at just such a gathering, a group of us began sharing our memories of holidays gone by...

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A Kibbutz Purim

By Ilan Vitemberg

Experiences shape who we are, deepen our relationships, and inspire tradition.

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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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