Tag Archives: Israel

A Conversation with Acclaimed Writer Yossi Klein Halevi

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Temple Israel and Adath Jeshurun hosted Klein Halevi as scholar in residence at their congregations last weekend. The two congregations and JCRC hosted a breakfast for communal professionals Friday morning. TC Jewfolk caught up with Klein Halevi during the busy weekend. Below are excerpts from our conversation.

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The Road Not Traveled: A Day In Ancient Galilee

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Where did your family come from? If you pose this question to American Jews, the response will likely be, "Russia," "Poland," "Germany," "Lithuania," "Hungary," or another country that was part of the Ashkenazi Jewish world. Ask that question in Israel and you will hear all of the above, plus "Yemen," "Iraq," "Iran," "Morocco," "Ethiopia," and more—a true ingathering of the exiles from every corner of the world.

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Three Talks Kick Off New Jewish Studies Season

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Israeli documentaries, Russian-Jewish photography from the early twentieth-century, and Yiddish radio – these are a just a few of the topics that will be covered in this year’s Community Lecture Series, presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. The series is celebrating its tenth year, and will kick off the season with three exciting programs in October.

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Feminism and J Street

Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-65), Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-60B), and Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-63)

The grassroots lobbying organization J Street has a main goal to find a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. A lot of focus has been given at this conference to the plight of the Palestinian people, the humanity on both sides of the conflict, and the desire from both sides for peace. To feel so strongly for peace, not just for Israel’s sake but for Palestine’s, requires a keen sympathy from J Street supporters for The Other. J Street as an organization doesn’t focus on women’s rights, but that ethos of sympathy for the Other extends not just from Jews towards Palestinians, but also from men towards women, and it’s been evident everywhere at this conference.

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Minnesota J Street at the National Conference

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Now in its fourth year the 2013 J Street National Conference attracted around 3,000 people from all over the country. Late yesterday we sat down with two Minnesotans: Ron Garber, Chair of J Street Minnesota, and Aaron Rosenthal, Steering Committee Member of J Street Minnesota.

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First Day Coverage of J Street Conference

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Welcome to TC Jewfolk’s coverage of the 2013 J Street National Conference. We’ll be covering the ups and downs, highs and lows, talls and shorts, heavens and hells and all the other size-related metaphors for the entire conference. Your fearless reporter did this kind of thing once before at the AIPAC conference in March, so while I’ll try as much as possible to talk about the J Street Conference as its own thing, I’ll likely sink into comparing the two quite a bit.

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Israel, As Told Through Graffiti

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The story of Israel is a tumultuous one, and it isn’t always easy to explain. But Heffez stumbled upon graffiti as the perfect storyteller to simplify the narrative without dumbing it down. Heffez spent a year in Israel and the West Bank photographing and translating over 200 pieces of street art. Unsurprisingly, he was met with plenty of roadblocks along the way: tear gas and a broken leg, to name a few.

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Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the YK War

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40 years ago today on the Hebrew Calendar, on the 10th of Tishrei, saw the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War instigated against Israel by Syria and Egypt. This was an event that certainly defined an era for Jews everywhere. Do you remember where you were when you heard that the war had broken out? I know exactly where I was. I was in utero. 40 years ago today, I was 55 days from being born. And the Jewish world that I was born into was a different world because of that war. Confidence was lost. The world was turned upside down again and Israel was forced to look at things in a different way.

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Yom Kippur War, What is it Good for?

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This terrible war convinced the Arab world that they could not defeat Israel by conventional means. This, of course, led to the many waves of terror attacks that Israel essentially put an end to in 2004, thank God. But now, our biggest threat, more than Iran, more than Syria, more than internal strife, more than inequality and chauvinism and Jewish extremism, is the global delegitimization campaign against Israel—we’ve shifted back to the question of Israel’s legitimacy.

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Travel To Israel With Temple Israel

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Temple Israel wants all of our young members to have the opportunity to travel to Israel and explore its rich culture and history. That is why we are partnering with Kesher Birthright to offer a FREE Birthright trip of Minnesotans 22-26 over winter break! We invite you to come and get to know Israel; learn about the ancient history in Jerusalem, understand the founding of the modern State and see the world class city that has emerged in Tel Aviv, float on the Dead Sea, reflect in the desert, and understand the commitment of our people that has made the desert bloom.

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“The Attack.” Which Side Are You On?

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Reymond Amsalem (Siham), director Ziad Doueiri, Ali Suliman (Amin)
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Whenever I see a film that is set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I try to guess in advance how many minutes it will take for it to become obvious whose side the filmmaker is on. The cinematic tropes are often repetitive, predictable and depressing.

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Five Unexpected Reasons To Visit Israel

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There are probably a million reasons why you should keep Israel as your top destination choice. Not only does it happen to be the birthplace of the Jewish religion, but there are lots of totally rad things happening, from the tech start-ups, wineries, parties and food- this round up ain’t your grandma’s list for visiting the Holy Land. Check it out, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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My Rides With Magen David Adom

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What stood out most to me was the language he was speaking. It wasn’t Hebrew. It wasn’t even Russian, a language that seems to be more popular in this area. It was Spanish, and I was the only person there who could speak it.

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