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Responding to Needs in Israel in 2021

Responding to Needs in Israel in 2021

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As the region begins to recover from the most dramatic escalation of violence in more than a decade, The Jewish Federation remains committed to helping those struggling in its wake.

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A Vital Pursuit

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A couple of weeks ago, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman spoke at a Federation and Shalom Hartman Institute leadership convening. Among the many points he made, one in particular struck me: Read more

Responding to the 2021 Crisis in Israel

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As the unprecedented, sustained attacks by Hamas continue on Israeli citizens, Federation unequivocally supports Israel’s right to defend itself. We are working closely with our global partners to ensure that

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An Opportunity to Make a Difference

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Jews around the world will soon celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. In addition to welcoming the spring harvest, Shavuot commemorates a seminal event in Jewish religious memory. It is said Read more
Building Blocks of Community

Building Blocks of Community

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We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of life during last night’s Lag B’Omer celebration in northern Israel. Our thoughts are with the many families who lost loved ones. May Read more
The Continuous Pursuit of Justice

The Continuous Pursuit of Justice

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Many Jews cite the mandate to pursue justice as one of Judaism’s most inspiring teachings and a value that defines their connection to Jewish life. The idea that we are Read more
The Next Chapter in Our Relationship with Israel

The Next Chapter in Our Relationship with Israel

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As a teenager, I used to wear a shirt that read “Israel Is Real.” This statement operated on a couple of levels (though I may not have appreciated it at Read more
Good Deeds Year

Good Deeds Year

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Throughout the Passover break, I found myself standing in my backyard thinking of all the things I had meant to accomplish during quarantine. I had ambitions of constructing raised flower beds. Of planting vegetables. Of becoming a tried-and-true gardener. Read more
Agents of Hope

Agents of Hope

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To me, Passover is a ritual with the perfect blend of continuity and innovation. Indeed, many of us find comfort in Passover’s familiar structure. Every year, Jews around the world Read more
On Building a Community of Belonging

On Building a Community of Belonging

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We just passed the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. These past twelve months have had a profound impact on us all and have highlighted just how much individual experiences Read more