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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #10: From One Man’s Vision Into a National Mission

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #10: From One Man’s Vision Into a National Mission

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Joseph Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, known as Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, which provides food for over 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week. After making aliyah (moving to Israel) from the US in 2000, Gitler began his food rescue efforts from his car by rescuing meals from Read more
In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

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Our Imagine Israel Podcast guest, Chaya Gilboa continues to make waves in Israel’s current Rabbinate (Jewish governance) jurisdiction over issue of  kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Gilboa founded a kosher certification system called The Hashgaha Pratit, a private supervising option that provides a more pluralistic alternative to the Rabbinate’s kashrut system, which can be costly and ethically

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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #9: The Refugees and Refused in Israel

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #9: The Refugees and Refused in Israel

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Patrick Levy was one of the first individuals in Israel to be diagnosed with HIV and soon after became an activist for policy change to improve the lives of those living with the virus. Patrick eventually worked his way up, serving for three years on the Israel AIDS Task Force. To this day, Patrick continues his Read more
Including Everyone in Israel, February and Beyond

Including Everyone in Israel, February and Beyond

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By Heidi Krizer Daroff, North America Director of The Israel Forever Foundation I received an alert on my phone about Israeli Air Force pilots ejecting out of their fighter jet during an escalation in the northern part of the country. One pilot was slightly wounded, the other severely injured. My thoughts went immediately to the pilot’s

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Shabbat is my Sanctuary in Time

Shabbat is my Sanctuary in Time

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ByRena Abelman I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Shabbat is my favorite part about Jewish life. Shabbat, to me, is a time for community, friends, spirituality, family and more. I’ve always connected to Abraham Joshua Heschel’s image of Shabbat as a sanctuary in time. Shabbat is a sanctuary, an island of holiness in

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Meet Tzachi Levy, Federation’s senior shaliach

Meet Tzachi Levy, Federation’s senior shaliach

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is thrilled to welcome Tzachi Levy to our community as our senior shaliach (Israeli emissary)!  Learn about his background, his love for barbecue and much more. Hi Tzachi! Welcome to Greater Washington. Can you tell us about your home in Israel? Hi! Thanks for the warm welcome. In Israel,

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Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #8: Investing in Israel’s Next Generation

Imagine Israel Podcast Episode #8: Investing in Israel’s Next Generation

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Social entrepreneur and Israeli philanthropist, Avi Naor has dedicated his philanthropic work to the survival and sustainment of Israel. Naor’s work focuses on two initiatives impacting Israel’s youth today: road safety and education. Israel’s War on Road Safety Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving More people have died on the road than in the Arab-Israeli Read more
A Tu Bishvat Reflection

A Tu Bishvat Reflection

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By Tzachi Levy The Jewish calendar summons us to celebrate many chagim and moadim (holidays) throughout the year. Each Jewish holiday commemorates something different and practices a different ritual, but one constant you can count on across all celebrations is that delicious food will play a part. On Tu Bishvat, more than any other holiday, represents

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An Israel Through My Eyes

An Israel Through My Eyes

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By Hadar Golan As shlicha, my role is to act as an emissary, representing Israel. Knowing that people see me as a representative of Israel sometimes fills me with anxiety and pressure. Considering that a single interaction I have with somebody could determine their image of Israel is somewhat terrifying to me.  As the saying goes,

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Not Just Challah

Not Just Challah

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I have always liked to bake for family and friends—cakes, pies, quiches, new recipes and old recipes. It is a known fact that the way to people’s (especially Jewish people’s) hearts is through their stomachs. When I was in my gap year between high school and the army, I participated in a Yeshiva University program

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