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Scientist wearing gloves, a mask, and protective glasses examining a computer chip

Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and other high-tech companies have longtime research facilities in Israel. What brings them and why do they stay?

Rachel Landman
Shiny but rumpled Israeli flag lying upon a white surface

Seventy years have gone by since the great miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel, and we are called upon to learn how to sow and reap at the same time.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Paved road leading to sunshine/light

After 70 years, the path to peace in Israel is as troubled as ever. Yet, peace may not be as elusive as we might think. Sometimes it comes from the most unlikely places.

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Young boy holding Israeli flag

Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.

Jane E. Herman
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
President Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson

President Truman’s prompt recognition of the state of Israel in 1948 might not have happened without Eddie Jacobson, a little-known Reform Jew from Kansas City, Missouri.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
The author working at a childcare center in Israel

These days, I spend my time working with a group of people who have tasted the bitterness of slavery, torture, and hardship, and who long for freedom, the African asylum-seeking community in Israel.

Julie Fisher

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