Author: Noam Weissman

Sigd: Celebrating the History and Culture of Ethiopian Jewry

This week, the Ethiopian Jewish community will celebrate the holiday of Sigd and the fulfillment of the centuries-old dream to return to Jerusalem. We explore the history of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, including Operations Moses and Solomon, and the successes and challenges of integrating into Israeli society.

Getting Ready for Israel History Month 2020

After the success of last year’s inaugural Israel History Month, it’s time to kick off Israel History Month 2020! We created this holiday season to help ensure our students are both knowledgeable and confident about this history. Here’s how to bring five critical events in Israeli history — that all happened in November — to your classroom.

Why It Matters That AOC Withdrew From an Event Honoring Yitzhak Rabin

New York Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez withdrew her participation from an event commemorating the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. We tell the story of Rabin’s life and legacy as a war hero and peacemaker and survey reactions to Ocasio-Cortez’s decision from the American Jewish world and Israeli leaders.

Why the Future of Jewish Education Depends on How We Manage Transition

To make any kind of change work, we need to learn how to manage transitions. Virtual learning cannot, in most instances, replace the in-person experience, but let’s stop trying to replicate the past. Here are four specific ways that Jewish educators can both embrace the present and construct a better future.

What Went Wrong in Israel’s Fight Against Coronavirus?

With the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Israel, we consider how Israel went from being a role model for other countries in its handling of the pandemic to an example of what not to do. How do we grapple with Israel’s challenges and imperfections?

Bahrain-Israel Deal: Is This the End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

Bahrain and Israel announced they are establishing full diplomatic relations, making Bahrain the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel, after Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. We give a brief rundown of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and survey reactions to the announcement from the American Jewish world, the Arab world and Middle East commentators. Is this the start of a new era in Arab-Israeli relations?

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