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College search ‘101’ in the era of BDS: Where can a Jewish student feel safe?
January 15, 2019
With anti-Israel fever raging on many North American campuses, a new book offers some help in sorting out where incoming undergraduates may feel increasingly uncomfortable.
Canary in the mine: Yad Vashem’s Holocaust-awareness programs tackle 21st-century anti-Semitism
January 8, 2019
Not only does Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies host 7,000 teachers annually in its Jerusalem center, but its programs train thousands more in 50 countries. And it provides a full menu of online teacher resources, including survivor testimonies, photos, rare film footage and lesson plans in 20 languages, destined for classrooms around the globe.
(Real) trials and tribulations: Stephen Flatow’s relentless battle against terrorism
December 12, 2018
“A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror” has been in the works for 23 years, ever since that day in Israel in April 1995 when a Palestinian killed eight people, including his 20-year-old daughter.
Battle over the Birthright
Is J Street U attempting to ‘hijack’ the Birthright experience?
December 5, 2018
J Street U, the student organizing arm of J Street, is pushing to have Palestinians present their view of Israel to Birthright groups run by campus Hillel centers.But Jewish students and leaders argue that the effort is contrary to Birthright’ mission, which is to unify and strengthen the next generation.
Relishing an American tradition in Israel: An ex-pat Thanksgiving
November 19, 2018
Old habits die hard, though eventually, some new immigrants to Israel from the United States leave Turkey Day behind, noting that this one day of national unity is something Israelis experience year-round.
‘Witness’: A glimpse of Elie Wiesel through the eyes of his protégé
November 14, 2018
A new book by Wiesel’s longtime assistant (and good friend) Ariel Burger was born of a 25-year bond between student and teacher.
The Hanukkah connection: Sharing the light with far-away family
November 2, 2018
Today’s far-flung families are increasingly challenged to celebrate the holiday traditions together, but some creativity and the use of modern technology can help.
Menorahs, memories, magic: Hanukkah conjures up some startling senior moments
October 25, 2018
“We were allowed to eat many latkes and doughnuts with homemade preserves, spin dreidels my brother carved out of wood and play cards way past our bedtime . . . ”
Real Israel: New book brings the ‘aliyah’ experience home
October 15, 2018
Warning: Don’t be surprised if you find yourself pulling out your suitcase and throwing in your Naot sandals, the family photos and a year’s supply of Ziploc bags. Before you know it, you might even be downloading an aliyah application.
High Holidays 2018
A hop and a happy mess: Sukkot under the stars
September 24, 2018
A sukkah reinforces the key role such home-based traditions have in Jewish life.
Campus Battles, Part 2
Crisis on campus: A new generation of galvanized young Jews learns how to fight anti-Semitism
September 6, 2018
Equiping a cadre of students with debating tools, historical information, legal support, trips to Israel and more, so that Israel has a place on the university playing fields.
Receiving, rebuilding, resiliency: Jewish Houston one year after Harvey
September 5, 2018
A key lesson, says Rabbi Brian Strauss of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, the country’s largest Conservative synagogue, is “that no matter what you are facing, you can always reach out and help someone worse off than you. Many of our congregants who are still struggling to rebuild their lives dig deep to help the next guy.”
Campus Battles, Part 1
Crisis on campus: Anti-Israel forces and the battle for the Jewish future
August 17, 2018
These days, campuses are increasingly battlefields where chief among the spoils are the hearts, minds and loyalties of the next generation of the Jewish people.
Lesson No. 1: Choose life, say recovering Israeli ‘Brothers’
June 14, 2018
In the Boston area, students learn life lessons from a group of wounded Israeli soldiers known as “Brothers for Life,” who grapple with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other post-combat challenges.
A sneak peek at ‘The Ideological War Against the West’
May 24, 2018
A new documentary wrestles with some of today’s toughest issues regarding free speech, the state of democracy, the debate on college campuses and more.