A Chapter Closes

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JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset… Read More

Aliyah During Wartime

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JERUSALEM — David and Helaine Brenner had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli citizens. They ducked for cover and fled from an approaching rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Fresh off the special El Al flight chartered by Nefesh… Read More

I am a Mother of a Combat Soldier

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By Amian Kelemer (as read at Baltimore’s Gathering for Solidarity on July 21, 2014) I am a lot of things. Daughter, sister, wife, mother. Teacher, colleague, friend… The one thing I am that has changed me at my core more than almost anything else is being a soldier mom. And once you are a soldier… Read More

Send in the Clowns

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By: Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center I hate the circus. The primary reason for these feelings stems from my childhood and my family’s requisite annual pilgrimage to Madison Square Garden to witness the “greatest show on Earth.” The smell of the menagerie was bad enough, but it was the clowns that really… Read More

Happy Hour

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By Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Last night, I walked to the beautiful Tel Aviv port (don’t worry, there are plenty of places along the way to duck and cover) and had dinner with two Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) staff members and four young adults from Baltimore who are participating in… Read More

URGENT

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By Jill Max, Co-chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,”… Read More

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Split-Second of Culture

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   By Marisa Obuchowski Two years ago I embarked on a journey, a masa, to Israel for five months to live, explore and intern in Tel Aviv. I loved the time that I spent abroad learning the culture, engaging with the land and the people and connecting more deeply with my heritage. While in Israel,… Read More

Todah, Israel. You Surprised Me.

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By: Elizabeth Schuman Everyone asks me about the Heart to Heart mission to Israel. Was it incredible? Did you visit the Wall? How about Tel Aviv? Did you climb Masada? Wasn’t the food the best you’ve ever tasted? Well, yes. Jerusalem and the Wall are breathtaking, with history you can feel, see and touch. Tel… Read More

Reflection on Taglit-Birthright Israel

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By: Jeanine Tishman Freshman at Towson University After an intensive ten days on Taglit-Birthright Israel, I was both sad that it was over and excited to begin my next adventure as a participant in the first Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Birthright Extension. I had been briefed prior to the trip on a major difference between Birthright and… Read More