A Letter to Israel

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By Elizabeth Schuman Dear Israel, Everything I know about you, I know secondhand. I know that you are a country swirling with vibrant colors and cultures, where spirituality rubs elbows with technology. I know that you are country filled with passion, a sabra mentality of tough encasing soft. I know your history, born from the… Read More

Meet Marina

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By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Sometimes one decision can completely change your life. My mother was invited to her cousin’s wedding but decided not to attend simply because she had nothing to wear. Her uncle convinced her to come because he wanted to introduce her to a “nice Jewish guy” – my father. This is… Read More

Odessa Gives Back

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By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Hundreds of people gathered this Saturday night for a wonderful event in Odessa – Party for Charity. This party combined both fun and philanthropy and featured three local DJs. The project was created by Hillel student Kate Gilenkova for the Youth Leadership Project Metsuda. Her project is aimed at collecting… Read More

My Journey To Israel

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By Danielle Gelber A Jewish day school attendee since age three, I always knew about Israel. I learned about the history, the language and the culture, but still the notion of a Jewish homeland remained foreign. When I was in 10th grade, I applied to the Diller Teen Fellows Program, one of the teen leadership… Read More

Summer Camp In Odessa

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By Marina Moldavanskaya The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) youth summer camp “City of Roads and Masters” took place in Odessa from July 5-12. An amazing world of Jewish life was created by the JAFI madrichim (counselors). Children of different ages gathered to make their first steps into the Jewish world. On the first day… Read More

Volunteering Overseas: A Journey of Meaningful Engagement

By Jen Grossman Vice-Chair, JVC It wasn’t until I was midway over the Atlantic Ocean, that it hit me that I was really en route to Israel. The planning had been in the works for months, but the reality of it hadn’t seemed tangible until this moment. I hadn’t been to Israel in 21 years… Read More