Rogen is not just an A-list celebrity with a platform and a captive audience. He also is the product of Jewish and Israel education.
Rogen is not just an A-list celebrity with a platform and a captive audience. He also is the product of Jewish and Israel education.
The creation of the state of Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 raised new questions about how to commemorate the Ninth of Av. Why do many Jews continue to fast and mourn on this day given the current political reality?
After recent antisemitic remarks made by DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson and Nick Cannon, we survey the response from professional athletes and explain how Jewish users flipped the hashtag “#JewishPrivilege” on Twitter.
A viral video showed Jerusalem police stopping a Haredi girl for not wearing a face mask, sparking outrage from the ultra-Orthodox community. We explore Haredi society and its complicated and evolving relationship with the state of Israel.
With the release of the popular Israeli TV series Tehran and recent tension between the two countries, we break down the history of the relationship between Israel and Iran, the Iran nuclear deal, and what this means for Israel today.
Israel recently set a record for the number of openly gay politicians serving in the Knesset. We delve into the topic of life for LGBTQ people in Israel and the fight to legalize gay marriage.
With a large number of new immigrants slated to move to Israel in the coming 18 months, we delve into the topic of Aliyah, the Law of Return, and what it all means to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
We break down the latest developments surrounding Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. What does it mean and whose lives does it affect?
With the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests making headlines around the world, how do we facilitate this important conversation with our students?
Inspired by Matti Friedman’s new docuseries about the “War with No Name” (Israel’s presence in Lebanon from 1983 to 2000) and PTSD month, we provide our film When The Smoke Clears to engage your students.
Want to teach your students about the new Israeli government and what it means for Israel? We’ve got you covered in the Weekly as we unpack it all for you, in addition to bringing you educational resources.
It is time to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with our students. Check out this Weekly for relevant and easy-to-use videos and resources.
Wondering about annexation, and what it all means? We’ve got you covered as we unpack it all for you using our resources.
We will kick off Mental Health Month with an interview I conducted with two of the most thoughtful mental health professionals I’ve ever met: my parents.
If we spend time learning content, we figure out ways to connect with the ideas in a competitive way, we collaborate to ensure the best experiences can be had, and we learn about Israel’s unique contributions to the world
Cross-dressing, toothpaste poison, and the “Hunt for the Red Prince.” Seriously? The Mossad’s operations never cease to amaze me.
“What is the secret sauce that holds a family together?” “What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient and happy?” In the age of COVID-19, this is something all of us need to be thinking through.
Top 10 inspirational moments and headlines from Israel in response to COVID-19
The problem with calamity is that we can become obsessed with it, and it is easy to become nourished by the negative. The late Shimon Peres pushed back against the instinct to focus on the negative, declaring…
The singer, Eden Alene, the winner of Israel’s reality show HaKochav Haba (The Next Star), is the first singer of Ethiopian descent to represent Israel in the much-anticipated contest.
Have you ever been in a situation where gossip hurt feelings? Can you reflect on an example of this from your own life? Long before a rabbi by the name of Yisrael Meir Kagan, known
What does each party’s campaign ad say about the Israeli political scene and public discourse in 2020?
Elections here, elections there, elections are truly everywhere. Whether it is the World Zionist Congress or Israel’s national elections, chatter about politics is ubiquitous in the Jewish world at the moment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a very busy week. First, he stood next to US President Donald Trump as the latter presented the “Deal of the Century”,
The World Zionist Congress elections are happening this year. Do your students know about it? Have you discussed with your children what Zionism means to them personally? What does it mean to be a Zionist
“Lo Yitkayem.” “It will never be.” When I jumped in my taxi this morning to drive to work for a week of meetings, I asked my Yerushalmi taxi driver, Yigal, if he thinks the “Deal
Tomorrow – Tuesday, January 28th – we have the distinct honor and privilege to host a webinar with Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi. If you have not heard about him or learned from him, this is
Language matters. Many of us have heard that the Inuit (indigenous people of the Arctic) have at least 50 words for snow (though that idea is a bit overstated). We also know that politicians sometimes
Qassem Soleimani’s resume is full of violence and terror; we are not here to dispute this. However, as educators and lay leaders, the assassination of Soleimani brings to light many critical questions: Are targeted killings
Let’s take a look back at 2019. From elections to inventions to sirens to… elections, there wasn’t a dull moment in Israel in 2019. Each week we uncovered the top stories, excavated the ideas, and
Is the HBO series Our Boys a good or bad “look” for Israel? While pundits on both sides of the aisle debated this very question, with some praising the show and others denouncing it, one
Although Hanukkah is rated as more important to American Jews than Israeli Jews, and 60% of American Jews light candles each night compared to 73% of Israeli Jews, it is clear for both American and
What Happened? Last Tuesday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump planned to sign an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses, and that this order would effectively “interpret Judaism as a race
Anti-Semitism feels ubiquitous. There are times when I align with the great Jewish historian Salo Baron, who opposed what he called the “lachrymose conception of Jewish history.” He noted that “suffering is part of the
Close your eyes for a minute. How do you want young Jewish people to imagine Israel? Do you want them to see a weak and vulnerable state, frequently in distress? Do you want them to
With Lionel Messi’s visit to Israel, the indictment of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the reversal of the United States’ policy on settlements, we were stuck with really tough questions. Should we steer clear of
The introduction this week will be short and to the point. Jews living outside of Israel need to ensure the people of Israel know and feel that they are not alone. In this edition of
Should public transportation be allowed on Shabbat in Israel, or should it be prohibited? What do you think? What do your children think? What do your students think? As much as the Arab-Israeli conflict consumes the
The evening of November 4th, 1995, was a Saturday night that started off like any other. Immediately upon extinguishing the havdala candle, my older brother Chanan and I rushed downstairs to switch on our basement
Suppose you were in conversation with someone about the features of a democracy — what are some items you would list? Popular sovereignty, freedom to vote, and the rule of law are some ideas that
Yom Kippur takes on added significance in Israel because of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, which Arabs often refer to as the October War or Ramadan War.
Back in April of this year, Israel held national elections. With Likud and Kachol Lavan tied at 35 seats apiece, PM Benjamin Netanyahu (head of Likud) was given the mandate to form a new government, as he was expected to have the greatest chance of forming a coalition of 61 seats.
In an election speech, PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley portion of the West Bank.
How many of us actually understand how the Israeli Knesset works? Is it a republic or a democracy? And this year, an even bigger question emerges: Why are there elections again?
Israeli judo competitor, or “judoka,” Sagi Muki took home the gold at the World Judo Championship in Tokyo, on Wednesday, becoming the first Israeli man to do so.
Israel would bar entry to U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib due to their BDS support and planned independent trip run by the anti-Semitic group Miftah.
When I was a high school principal, I used to take the seniors on what we called “The Poland-Israel Experience,” a trip familiar to many other schools. After a harrowing few days in Poland, the
No matter our struggles, challenges, insecurities or pain, we have the power of choice. The question is, what do we choose? “Choose life.” “Choose life.” A few days after Dvir Sorek, the 19-year-old Yeshiva student and soldier, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, I keep repeating his father Yoav’s eulogy, in which he implored everyone to “choose life.”
Who is Ayelet Shaked? 43-year-old Ayelet Shaked grew up in Tel Aviv, where she still lives. She holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and worked in hi-tech before her foray into politics in 2006.
A new Pew report published last week found that Israel has “almost as many religious restrictions as Iran.”
Barak, the most decorated officer and longest-serving IDF chief of staff in Israeli history, served as prime minister from 1999-2001 and defense minister (under Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu) from 2007-2013.
With the news of a 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli, Solomon Tekah, killed by an off-duty police officer, I want to apply the “Yes, and…” approach to this situation.
President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, led a “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Manama, Bahrain. The workshop intentionally focused on the economic, rather than political, aspects of the Middle East.
Today’s weekly on the recent interview of Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi and Yossi Klein Halevi by David Horovitz is a unique opportunity to explore more about Klein Halevi’s book Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor, as well as explore the fascinating story of Dajani Daoudi.
A gay pride parade in Jerusalem? How did the Jewish capital go about this? Should it have happened? Why or why not? What educational challenges and opportunities does this parade bring?
Elections in Israel are happening again. For real. Why? What happened? What are different Israeli leaders saying about it? How should we discuss the elections again with our families, students, congregants and colleagues?
Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, is the anniversary of the liberation/conquering/re-unification (depending on your perspective) of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty that took place during the Six-Day War.
Therefore, in a world in which our students, the youth, will invariably come to hear about Nakba Day, or the day commemorating what Palestinians call “the Catastrophe,” the question should be how should we teach about this event.
Is Eurovision in Israel actually a distinct expression of Zionism? It depends. If Israel was created in order to normalize the Jewish people, then it is actually a great articulation of Zionism.
The “paradox” of Israel’s revival is that it has been accompanied by an ongoing rise in anti-Semitism. The extreme right, the extreme left, and extremist Islam agree on only one thing: hatred of the Jews.
We have the opportunity to teach the generation of Jewish young people we are educating now to be neither brutal nor naïve. Let’s use the case studies of Fadi Quran and the student government at Berkeley to explore how.
On Wednesday, April 3, Israel brought back the remains of Zechariah Baumel, an American-born Israeli soldier who’s been MIA for 37 years since the First Lebanon War in 1982. The details of the operation aren’t fully available, but his family has breathed a sigh of relief.
An azakah. A siren. In my groggy state I heard the blaring through the window, letting thousands of people know that they have about a minute and a half (in some places much less) to find shelter.
President Donald Trump made headlines by breaking with decades of US policy and declaring: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
With Israel’s national elections just three weeks away, it’s time to get students thinking: Who would they vote for? What major issues are center stage in this election? Who are the different parties, and what are their platforms? How would they make informed decisions about future Israeli leaders?
Campaign ads play a pivotal role in the parties’ PR, and they are fascinating. What do the ads say about the Israeli political scene and public discourse in 2019?
Two weeks ago, Israeli right-wing political party Bayit Yehudi (The Jewish Home) joined forces with the extreme-right party Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Strength).
Do we want the New York Times to educate our students about the less romantic parts of our history or should we, educators, take on this responsibility?
Democratic representative from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, created a stir with her tweets. She insinuated that AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) pays American politicians to support Israel, invoking the age-old anti-Semitic trope that Jews control the world with money.
This week, we tackle the internal Israeli controversy surrounding potential Eurovision Song Contest competitors. Do you know what happened? What do your…
Let me ask you a question: Why should the State of Israel exist? What’s the point? This question is not rhetorical. And the answer to this question is not necessarily self-evident.
leaders of the Women’s March, like Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour, a co-chair, are still on their crusade against my people’s drive to self-determination, claiming that feminism and Zionism are mutually exclusive…
Although Jewish terrorism from within Israel is certainly rare, in the last two weeks, this question on Jewish terrorism has been front and center in the Israeli media.
One of Israel’s greatest writers, Amos Oz’s recent passing has served as an occasion to further reflect on how to foster a deep and mature love for Israel.
Israeli Knesset coalition, led by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to dissolve itself and head to early elections. The coalition, which held a razor-thin majority of 61 seats in the Knesset, issued a statement explaining the decision…
Israel graduated its first air force pilot from the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Lieutenant “Yod” completed the intensive and prestigious three-year pilot training course and will serve as a navigator on Israeli Air Force fighter jets. Completing this course is a tremendous accomplishment…
It’s no secret that this question is relevant in the current political climate, and in many ways, the topic of Israel can serve as a strong flashpoint for this question. In this week’s newsletter, we address three smaller topics, which may not have made the headlines in the same way as other stories…
Israel launched Operation Northern Shield on its northern border in an effort to eradicate massive tunnels that Hezbollah has been burrowing into Israeli territory from Lebanon. One tunnel that Israel found is 130 ft. into Israeli territory and 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide.
We want to share with you stories that came out of Israel that are typically in our “random but important section” and put the magnifying glasses on for these stories this week, highlighting and sharing these Israeli stories with those around us…
When Airbnb announced its decision to remove listings in Israeli settlements in what they called “the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,” the Israeli government responded strongly.
After Hamas discovered a secret Israeli operation in Gaza and killed one of Israel’s elite soldiers, the organization fired 460 rockets and mortars into Israel. One person in Israel was killed (a Palestinian from Hebron) and dozens more were injured.
Last week, the IDF re-issued orders to partially demolish a terrorist’s home in Shuweika, a northern West Bank village. Twenty-three-year-old Ashraf Na’alowa is accused of killing coworkers Kim Levengrond Yehezkel (29) and Ziv Hajbi (35) at the Barkan Industrial Park near Ariel in September and has been on the run ever since.
Over 3.5 million Israelis voted in local elections around the country, with voter turnout at 57%. In these elections, voters were asked to determine the mayor and city council members, terms that last for five years in Israel.
In this week’s column, writing about anything but the Pittsburgh massacre feels trivial. For Jewish Americans, and Jews around the world, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history is cause for us to consider the question.
On Monday-Wednesday this week, the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly convened in Tel Aviv with the slogan, “We Need to Talk.” Each year, the General Assembly (GA) convenes thousands of premiere communal “Jewish changemakers.”
Israeli newspapers are abuzz with talk of possible early Knesset elections, sparked by the contentious “draft bill.” The historical background of the draft bill goes all the way back to the founding of the State of Israel.
When Israel declared independence in 1948, the new state decided to absorb Jewish immigrants from around the world. From May 1948 until the end of 1951, more than 650,000 Jews from 70 countries moved to Israel, 200,000 of which came from Arab states who were oppressing the Jewish minority in their countries.
In a conversation between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly, President Trump publicly voiced his support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although this has been the position of all the American presidents for the past 25 years, it was the first time President Trump publicly supported the idea.
The US cut funding to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The US has been giving UNRWA about $350 million per year until January 2018, when it gave $60 million; as of August 2018, it cut funding completely.
When IfNotNow (INN) started making its voice heard, many Jewish organizations responded with “Here’s what we need to do to shut them down,” or “It’s just a fringe group.” While I understand these sentiments, and I by no means endorse, agree with or support INN or its tactics, I think this discussion provides the Jewish and Israel education world with an opportunity to do our own cheshbon hanefesh, our own accounting of ourselves.
Last week: New movie Operation Finale hit theaters. The movie, starring Ben Kingsley as Adolf Eichmann and Oscar Isaac as Mossad agent Peter Malkin, tells the story of a pivotal moment in Israel’s history: the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
The original plan: Tel Aviv municipality and the Ayalon Highway Company plan to build a new pedestrian and cycling bridge.
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