• Musical Haggadah: Israeli Music Retells the Story of Our Exodus

    By Yehudit Werchow, URJ Central Shlicha . riginally posted on the Union for Reform Judaism blog “וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים / כֻּלָּנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה / מִצְוָה עָלֵינוּ לְסַפֵּר בִּיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם” “Even though all of us are wise, understanding and knowing of the Torah, we are still obligated to tell the story of our Exodus.

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  • Israel Thing | The Acceptable Parameters of Power

    For centuries, the high ethical and moral standards of the Jewish people were a given. Yet, since we regained sovereignty in Israel and significantly increased the political and military power in our hands, holding this high standard has become a much more complex and challenging objective.

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  • Israel Thing | Israel on Guard

    One of the most-covered stories in Israel this week described two attempts to assassinate Israeli representatives, occurring Monday within a few hours from each other, in different parts of the world.

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  • Israel: From a Cerebral to an Emotional Connection

    Until two weeks ago, I was a Jewish Youth Worker who had never been to Israel. It’s not that I didn’t want to go – between college, jobs over college vacations and working at camp in the summers, finding 10 days to cut myself off from the world and head to Israel just felt impossible.

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  • Israel Thing | Speaking of Politics

    Check your Hebrew calendar. We’re few days away from Tu B’Shvat, the most ecologically-minded holiday celebrated in the Jewish world and nationally in Israel.

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  • NFTY Staff Does Israel!

    Follow along as members of the NFTY staff participate in a Kesher Birthright trip to Israel!.

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  • Packing for Home

    My bags are (almost) packed: old gym shoes, a NFTY staff baseball cap, a stack of t-shirts from my six summers at Kutz. I’ve got the pink tallis my grandparents gave me when I became a Bat Mitzvah and, perhaps against my better judgment, a fanny pack.

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  • Israel Thing: Live and Let Live

    The general tension between fundamentalist religious Jews and non-religious Jews in Israel reached new heights in recent weeks, mainly over the matter of the exclusion of women in society, following a few highly publicized clashes, including observant soldiers who walked out of events featuring women singing, women’s images that have been removed from billboards in Jerusalem and a young girl refusing to give up her seat in the front of a gender-segregated bus.

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  • Video: I Believe in Friendship

    My name is Miranda, and I believe in friendship. No, not the cliché, over exaggerated movie recreation of what a friendship should be, but rather a pure, honest form of the word.

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  • NFTY Goes to Netzer Veida: MLK Day at Har Hertzl

    As the sun was dawning on Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States, the Netzer Veida delegates were engaged in a tour of Mount Herzl and the Herzl Museum in Jerusalem.

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