Edina’s Dahlin Set For Volleyball Squad At Maccabiah

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This is the second in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26.  Aliyah Dahlin was interested in representing Team USA at the Maccabiah Games when they were supposed to take place last […]

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Jerusalem Day Flag Parade is a Reckless Embarrassment

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I just got (another…) flat, while driving home from work, in Israel. In that this happened to me not that long ago and I had some much-needed additional coaching from my good friend Jamal on how to change a tire, today I was determined to do it myself. I wasn’t 100 percent sure that I […]

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Rabbi Herring Launches Petition Over Rep. Omar’s Misleading Tweets

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June 20, 2022 Editor’s note: Investigations by multiple media outlets have reported that the bullet that killed Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh was fired from an Israeli soldier. No investigation from a governmental entity has taken place. [dropcap]Often a poster of tweets that are considered by many to be antisemitic, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweet about […]

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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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