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Mar 16, 2017, 12:09 PM
A Purim to Remember
A celebration commemorating one of many stories of Jewish survival against all odds, Purim holds a special place in the hearts of most Jews. With the recent surge in anti-Semitism around the world, many of us are reflecting on the...
Feb 22, 2017, 12:09 PM
Too late for justice, but not too late for the truth
Death books haunt the International Tracing Service, just as much as they haunt the nightmares of the Holocaust survivors. But for these individuals, many of whom lost everything at the hands of Nazi tyranny and their collaborations, the Bad...
Nov 1, 2013, 2:42 PM
The Declaration Heard Around the World
A member of the House of Lords once asked Chaim Weizmann, “Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?” Weizmann responded: “That is like my asking you why...
Jul 18, 2013, 10:44 AM
Names, Memories And Legacies: The Meaning Of Exodus
The Exodus is a ship with a legacy. Most people know about Exodus either from the book by Leon Uris, or the film starring the ever-so-sexy Paul Newman as the pioneering young Jewish leader that brought survivors of the Holocaust back to their...
Jun 14, 2013, 12:48 PM
Inspiration, Innovation and Action: Putting Social Media to the test for Israel Engagement
Israel. The word sparks a shiver, a smile, maybe some frustrations… but for too many people in the world it sparks a question mark. Why? Why should a Jew living comfortably elsewhere in the world feel obligated to have a...
May 8, 2013, 11:25 PM
Raise Your Flag: The Legacy of Warsaw and Jerusalem
On April 19th, the world was reminded of a historic Jewish battle. Not in the Land of Israel, not in the State of Israel, but in a world that could only dream that Israel might one day exist. In...
Mar 8, 2013, 1:15 PM
Passion in Progress: The Women of Israel Forever
There are various sayings about how the world would be different if women were in power, if a woman was president, or if women set the rules. We’ve all heard the one that proclaims that behind every successful man...
Jan 17, 2013, 8:38 PM
Tu B’Shevat: Finding the Israel Connection
In preparation for Tu B'Shevat, I was immersed in ongoing searches for everything out there that had to do with this unique holiday. I came across everything from environmental to spiritual interpretations and a slew of arts and crafts...
Dec 9, 2012, 3:53 PM
Chanukah: Lighting the Spark of Unity
Mi Yimalel Gvurot Yisrael Who can retell the things that befell us? Who can count them? In every age a hero or sage came to our aid. Hark! In days of yore, in Israel's ancient land Brave Maccabees led...
Nov 21, 2012, 9:52 PM
Shabbat Under Fire: Help bring the spirit of Peace
I live in Nes Harim. Established in 1950, our moshav is situated within the gorgeous Judean Mountains, surrounded by JNF forests on all sides, a demonstration of the international commitment to the continued growth of the Land of Israel. Yesterday,...
Elana Yael Heideman, PhD is is the Executive Director of The Israel Forever Foundation, an Israel Engagement organization dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the personal connection to Israel for people across the globe.