The Time to Grapple with Complexity is Now

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We invite you to broaden your horizons from the comfort of your own home, to journey across narratives. Take a deep dive into complexity. Join a 21st-century conversation. The vehicle for that conversation is a short, powerful book by Yossi Klein Halevi, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses. The slim volume is a […]

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Virtual Ingenuity: How the 248 Global Summit Brought Us Together

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Hi from my couch (Poland) – Magda Rubenfeld!” “Hello from St Petersburg, Russia – Nadia Bezuevskaia!” “Rehovot is here:) – Pola Barkan!” “Hello from Majorca Island, SPAIN – Dani Rotstein!” The chat screen lit up with places all over the world. Everyone was gathered for the 248 Community Action Network (248) Global Summit on Sunday, […]

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8 Minnesotans Vying For World Zionist Congress Delegate Spots

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Rabbi Michael Latz quotes Hamilton when asked why he wanted to be on the Hatikvah: Progressive Israel Slate for the World Zionist Congress elections: “’We need to be in the room where it happens.’ Especially with a billion dollars at stake.” The World Zionist Congress is the legislative body of the World Zionist Organization, which […]

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Rekindling A Passion For Israel & Judaism

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I hadn’t been to Israel in 17 years, since going on Birthright with a group of fellow students from UW-Madison, on a trip lead by Benjie Kaplan, the current University of Minnesota Hillel director. Since that trip, Israel just sort of existed in my memories as a place I had enjoyed, the homeland for the […]

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Why Israel & Judaism Is My Foundation

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Fourteen years ago, I left Minnesota for Richmond. I watched the greenery of Minnesota disappeared beneath my feet. I left behind the tundra, tough-loving state for another state, it wasn’t my choice. Fourteen years later, I returned and Minnesota never felt like home. No matter where I’ve lived (and I’ve lived in many states – […]

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Jew Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’

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*Contains spoilers for The Band’s Visit. Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” But it did show human connection between strangers. The Band’s Visit centers around an Egyptian Police Band winding up in the small, fictional Negev city of […]

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My Long-Awaited Return To Israel

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I’m going back to Israel next week with the 248 Community Action Network Cohort as part of a program to explore initiatives that foster stronger community connections & strengthen Jewish identity. It feels strange to say. My own sense of Jewish identity has long been fraught with doubt on a spiritual, institutional, and social level. […]

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Islamic Jihad Helped Me Find My Bravery

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I’m sitting over my computers, bleary-eyed, weary and pale clicking through eBay. My favorite designer Eileen Fisher again. Yes, I’m powerless over Eileen but this time I have someone besides myself to blame – Islamic Jihad. Two days ago they escalated their rocket attacks over Israel. The target area is all of Israel. Last I […]

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