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Flooded sanctuary caused by vandals in Israeli congregation

Recently, a bully breached the fence surrounding Congregation Natan Ya, a Progressive synagogue in Israel, and stuck a water hose through a window to flood the sanctuary.

Reuven Marko
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
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
Mattan Berner-Kadish, Mechina alumnus

When I signed up, I had no idea about Mechina, a gap-year program in Israel. Sure, I’d asked questions, talked to others, and read up, but I had no idea about its magic.

Tamar Roig
Group photo of Heller High students

On a recent Shabbat morning in Israel, a group of high school students experienced something extraordinary – and far more common in Israel than most people know.

Rabbi Loren Sykes
Rabbi Rick Jacobs at the URJ Biennial in 2017

A newly published article in New York Magazine powerfully captures the work of the Reform Jewish Movement in North America and its leader, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Mark J. Pelavin
Right hand index finger making concentric circles in a light-filled pond

Thriving Reform Jewish congregations in Israel can help Israelis meet modern life and all its challenges in today's Promised Land.

Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem
Frieda Hershman Huberman, the author, holding a prayer book at the Kotel

Despite the imperative to be joyous during the Hebrew month of Adar, I cried recently at the Western Wall during Rosh Chodesh services marking the new month.

Frieda Hershman Huberman

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