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Israeli children, eyes covered, reciting the Sh'ma

Tu BiShvat (Jewish Arbor Day) is the time of year when Israeli schoolchildren plant trees. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that a teacher instituted the tree-planting custom.

Rabbi Ofek Meir
The author in Israel

Accompanying student groups to the Kotel repeatedly reminds me that Israel is a place like none other. On my most recent trip, I got another reminder of that fact. 

Casey Wright
Author Amos Oz with Israeli activist Anat Hoffman

Amos Oz was a world-renowned Israeli writer, whose work expresses the complexity, the tragedy, and the wonder of Israel.

Anat Hoffman
Children studying at a table under the guidance of an adult

As a recent volunteer in Israel, I tutored students in English, both middle school students in south Tel Aviv and nursing-field students at a youth center in Bat Yam.

Norm Freeman
The author (wearing tefillin) and a student with a Sephardic Torah scroll

Learn about Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, the Union for Reform Judaism’s director of Israel engagement, and what he brings to the table when it comes to this critical work.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Young woman in profile with a ponytail and sunglasses wearing earbuds

A song – and its sentiment of humility and gratitude – wove its way through a recent trip with my classmates to the Negev desert here in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
Five NFTY in Israel leaders, two young men and three young women, all smiling

The relationship between North American and Israeli Jews is complicated. NFTY in Israel leaders, Israelis and Americans, represent the best each community has to offer. 

Rabbi Rich Kirschen
Young children gathered around watching a woman read from a Torah scroll

Just as it is inaccurate to paint all progressive Jews with a broad brush, the same is true for Haredim, traditionally observant or ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Chelsea Feuchs
The Allenby Bridge, which crosses the Jordan River, connecting Jordan and the West Bank

Recently, I traveled from Jordan to Israel. I’d been advised to cross the border at Eilat or fly from Amman to Tel Aviv. I chose a third option: the Allenby Bridge.

Harlan S. Levinson

As the “Cabaret” cast assembled for rehearsal, we understood that now, more than ever, our production reflected part of our own milieu in which anti-Semitism is real.

Cantor Evan Kent


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