Robert Aronson Takes Charge Of HIAS Board

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Thirty-one years ago, Robert Aronson was a young immigration lawyer who joined the board of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Now, after three decades of cycling on and off the board, Aronson has become the president of the board of HIAS at a pivotal time in the agency’s 138-year history. “I still get jazzed by […]

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Berman Wins 8 Medals At Pan Am Maccabi Games

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For someone who hadn’t swum competitively in an Olympic sized swimming pool for two years, Elliot Berman didn’t miss a beat in Mexico City. Berman, a junior at Hopkins High School, won five gold medals, two silvers, and a bronze in the junior division of the Pan American Maccabi Games, which ran from July 5-15. […]

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The Twin Cities Gets to Know IsraAID

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Yotam Polizer tells the story of being in Nepal after a devastating earthquake hit in 2015. The IsraAID co-CEO watched 21 bodies being pulled out of a collapsed building 130 hours after the earthquake took place that killed 10,000 and displaced a million. That’s when the last survivor was pulled out. Polizer, his co-CEO Voni […]

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We Cannot Remain Indifferent

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Standing outside Montgomery’s old Greyhound bus station, we read panels that described events from over 50 years ago. Just as we were about to leave, a car pulled up next to us and a gentleman rolled down his window. “I see you all looking at those signs. Let me tell you about them.” For the […]

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Jewish Groups Mobilizing To Support New Zealand

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Jewish community members and leaders worldwide are expressing their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after a white-supremacist murdered 49 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday morning. “Murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act,” said Reuven Rivlin, […]

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In Belarus, Finding A Dwindling Jewish Community

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VITEBSK, Belarus — Vitebsk, the original home of world-renowned artist Marc Chagall, is an apologetic city. On everyone’s face is written a different variation of “nu, so we live here.” As they walk on the slushy sidewalks in the biting winter wind, going about their business under overcast grey skies that sometimes open for a […]

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A European Journey & Remembering Amoz Oz

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“No, I have no desire to go back for a visit: what for?” says Amos Oz’s aunt Sonia in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a recollection of Oz’s life and that of his family, centered around the suicide of his mother. “To start longing again from there for a Land of Israel that no […]

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Shabbat Weekend In Bulgaria

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I prefer not to seem like a dumb American tourist, but I much more prefer not to be called a “Russian.” It took me a day to get a hold of that in Bulgaria. The young Bulgarian woman at the hostel I stayed at, in the center of the city of Sofia, laid out a […]

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