Birthright Trips Back For The Summer

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This article is sponsored content YALA as part of TC Jewfolk’s Partnership program. For more information, check out our media kit. Shauna Rosen grew up in a mixed-religious family, and while her home valued Jewish traditions, she found that some of the institutional Jewish community was less welcoming. And then as a 23-year-old, she inadvertently […]

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An Imperfectly Perfect Journey of Purpose

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WOW, WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN! Security checkpoints, planes, buses, taxis, slippery Jerusalem stone, wheelchairs, jeeps, tunnels, laughter, tears, COVID, stories, stairs, windmills, Israeli dancing, deserts and desserts, gondola rides, Masada, Dead Sea, shuks, a lost phone, kibbutzes, Zionism, secularism, bomb shelters, Arab-Israeli perspectives and insights, Holocaust survivors, visonaries, graffiti, history, sirens of remembrance, […]

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St. Paul Native Charley Smith Is Israel’s 74,000th Oleh

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Nefesh B’Nefesh, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and JNF-USA, welcomed its 74,000th Oleh. Charley Smith, 34, made Aliyah from Florida and reunited with his wife, Shaked, and their son, Adar, who arrived in Israel earlier in April. His arrival came one week before […]

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Jewish Millennial Survey Shows Israelis, Americans At Odds On Key Issues

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The majority of Jewish American Millennials believe that being connected to Israel is important to their Jewish identity, according to a new American Jewish Committee survey. The survey was done for ACCESS, AJC’s young professional program, and AJC’s Contemporary Jewish Life Department. “Gauging the views of millennials is critical to ensuring strong, enduring ties between […]

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The Letters Project: Israel Education that Meets the Moment

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We read with interest the April 19 article by Chloe E.G. Tross (TOA Graffiti Shows We Need Better Israel Education), in which Tross shares insights from her own Jewish education surrounding Israel. She found the activities enjoyable but superficial, lacking the depth and nuance she later realized she needed. “If the case for Zionism is […]

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The Harry Kay Leadership Institute: A Historic Mission Comes to Fruition

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Passport that doesn’t expire until 2024, check. Detailed 12-day childcare calendar for my family with every moment of our kids’ lives spelled out and color-coded, check. Anxiety paired with a pit in my stomach at the thought of going abroad for the first time in ages, check. Exhilaration to return to the holy land for […]

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The Passover Connection to Zionism and Campus Activism

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In Hebrew, Passover is also called the Holiday of Spring, Holiday of Matzot, and the Holiday of Freedom. Indeed, I love the arrival of spring, the food and the family gathering, but my favorite part is the message of freedom and its value for our people the Haggadah talks about. Starting from the Seder, through […]

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TOA Graffiti Shows We Need Better Israel Education

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Recently, Temple of Aaron was vandalized with anti-Zionist graffiti. What’s more, the language used suggests it could have been done by other Jews. While this is not confirmed, it brings up a needed conversation in our community: If anti-Zionism is on the rise within the Jewish community, the case for Zionism needs to be more […]

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TOA Vandalism Details Emerge As Two Suspects Sought

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The St. Paul Police Department released new information on last week’s vandalism at Temple of Aaron synagogue in St. Paul, including details that suggest the perpetrators may be — or are claiming to be — Jewish. According to Steve Linders of the SPPD, the building and a sign located on the northwest area of the […]

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Watching The Terror In Israel From Afar

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The first quarter of 2022 that just ended brought with it many unfortunate international developments. As I was born in Ukraine and still have close family there, I was worried about the situation in the area. While the whole world is watching Ukraine, another place where the security situation was recently escalating was Israel, giving […]

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