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Rabbi Steven Lowenstein with Maccabiah athlete and two other people

“As a Jew, I need Israel. More precisely: I can live as a Jew outside Israel, but not without Israel.”
-- Elie Wiesel

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
The backs of two teen boys facing away from the camera with their arms around one another as in friendship

Summers at URJ Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, bring experiences that last a lifetime.

Rabbi David Cohen
Group of teen campers outside in front of a tree

When the Israeli cabinet voted to pull back the government’s pledge to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (the Western Wall), more than 10,000 campers and 2,000 staff and faculty were a

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

It’s almost Shabbat in Netanya, a coastal town in central Israel, and I’m with Rabbi Edgar Nof, the Energizer Bunny of mitzvot and inclus

Rabbi Neal Gold
Full view of Western Wall and surrounding area

Kehillat Yuval in Gedera, Israel, founded seven years ago, is my spiritual home without walls. We don’t have a permanent building.

Rabbi Myra Hovav
Colored pencils placed in a way such that their tips create negative space in the shape of a heart

As I skimmed headlines on the Israel new sites I check daily, I saw many of the same topics that have filled this space for the past few weeks. I ran through the list in my head: Kotel? Check.

Chelsea Feuchs
Group of dozens of rabbis and other Reform Jews holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall while wearing prayer shawls

My Facebook feed has been inundated in recent weeks with articles, videos, and angry rants addressing the obstacles to religious freedom in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
Two smiling dark haired male police officers are the two Druze policemen who were killed in a terrorist attack near the Temple Mount

Today, on a beautiful Jerusalem morning — two Druze policemen, Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22 — were slain during a

Alden Solovy
Six teens walking in an open expanse of the Negev Desert

“You followed me into the desert, into a land not sown.” (Jeremiah 2:2)

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald


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