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Feb 19, 2019, 4:49 PM
Bat Shlomo Vineyards – the Zionist dream is alive
For those of you who do not know, I have a bachelor degree in "History of the Jewish people" from Ben-Gurion University with a specialization in "State of Israel" studies (yes, I am an admirer of David Ben-Gurion). Why...
Feb 5, 2019, 7:37 AM
TV and Film: Giving a Voice to Released Soldiers
Given Israel’s reputation as a formative leader in the areas of science, technology and agriculture, they have not exactly been a revolutionary force when it comes to film and television programming. However, over the last decade or so there...
Feb 3, 2019, 7:02 AM
The passionate struggle over the future of Labor Zionist youth movements
Over the past 5 years, a major feud has erupted between the Kibbutz Movement and Dror Israel regarding how the values of Labor Zionism should be realised. This is how the story began. -- When Degania Aleph was established in 1909,...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jan 25, 2019, 4:40 PM
Where are the exemplary leaders?
In Parshat Yitro, Moshe is overwhelmed with judging the nation on his own. Yitro, Moshe’s father in law noticed this and told Moshe that he will wear himself out if he continues to do everything on his own. Yitro’s suggestion...
Naama Levitz Applbaum
Jan 20, 2019, 10:33 PM
Breaking the silence around mental health
For my sister’s 17th birthday, my family was all gathered, and the celebration had all the makings of a regular birthday — cake, songs, presents. However, we all held back our tears, put on a smile, and tried not...
Jan 14, 2019, 10:27 PM
The Truth about Birthright
As Birthright Israel reaches its 700,000th participant, certain voices in America have done their best to slander the organization and force it to make drastic changes. Having staffed multiple Birthright trips as a madrich (youth leader), I have had...
Jan 8, 2019, 10:20 PM
The Five Elements of IAC Communities
Our story is the story of Israelis who came to America. Many did not plan to stay. Most remained deeply connected to Israel as they became proud Americans. Today, their families represent about 10% of Jewish America. The Israeli...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jan 4, 2019, 12:30 AM
Why Raanan Shaked* is wrong
I made aliyah 14 1/2 years ago with my husband and two young children. We all read Yedioth Aharonoth every day. We are Israelis with citizenship and ID cards, just like our third son, who was born in Israel....
Dec 24, 2018, 3:20 PM
A Jewish Value Greater than Questioning
After three of their members were thrown off a Birthright bus, If Not Now has accused Birthright of stifling participants from exercising their right to question. In a tweet addressing the expulsion of the If Not Now members, Batya...
Dec 11, 2018, 11:53 PM
Why is Birthright on the Decline?
According to a newspaper survey, the number of American Jews coming to Israel on Birthright programmes is in sharp decline. This in spite of the fact that this exciting project gives young people an opportunity to spend time in...