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Never too young to learn about Passover

April 20, 2018

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At the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center, Passover learning includes all of the children. In the infant program, for example, one child, attracted by a dimpled faux matzah ball, crawled to an eye-level poster with matzah balls attached by Velcro… and pulled the ball off the wall. The teacher reattached and the baby pulled it [...]

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Seven treasures from a centennial exhibit on Leonard Bernstein

April 20, 2018

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(JTA)—From his birthplace in Boston to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China, and Israel, Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), the larger-than-life conductor, pianist, composer, educator and bon vivant, is being celebrated in a two-year bonanza of concerts, stage productions, and programs marking the centennial of his birth. (In Tidewater, Virginia Arts Festival presented Bernstein at 100 earlier [...]

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“Betsy Ross of Israel” flag donated to the Ben-Gurion Archives at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

April 20, 2018

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NEW YORK April 16, 2018—In honor of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has donated an Israeli flag created by Rebecca Affachiner, often called “the Betsy Ross of Israel,” to the Ben-Gurion Archives at Ben- Gurion University of the Negev on the [...]

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Sharon K. Nusbaum to receive Ohef Sholom Temple’s Men’s Club’s 2018 Henry B. Kaufmann Award

April 9, 2018

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Sunday, April 22, Ohef Sholom Temple Brunch: 10:30 am. Award presentation: 11 am, $10 per person This year’s recipient of Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club’s Henry B. Kaufmann Award is Sharon K. Nusbaum. A long-time Ohef Sholom congregant, Nusbaum is the wife of Bill (also a Kaufmann Award recipient) and the mother of Leigh. Nusbaum’s [...]

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Grateful for Enabling Parents

April 9, 2018

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Judy Sacks Anderson In the summer of 1972 when I was only 17, my parents, Hal and Annabel Sacks, sent my 15-year-old brother, Skip and me to Israel on a sociology trip from Virginia Wesleyan College. We spent a good portion of the summer working on Kibbutz MishMarot picking potatoes and learning about life as [...]

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My Trip to Israel was the Best Trip

April 9, 2018

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Suzanne Barr In 1967, I heard about a United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Mission to Israel from our friends, Mavolyn and Sonny Lefcoe. I was advised that it would be a hard trip, but I wanted to go anyway. After making some calls, I managed to get on the trip, which was comprised of about [...]

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Israel for the first time… a story with sequel after sequel

April 9, 2018

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Amy Zelenka I never get tired of saying that every Israel experience is special— each one meaningful in its own way. Whether it’s with a Birthright trip, bar or bat mitzvah, a Federation mission, or any other means of visiting—a trip to Israel is unique among all other travel destinations. Beyond special, however— beyond unique [...]

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The Yom Kippur War and orange crates

April 9, 2018

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Steve Snyder In the summer of 1973, shortly after graduating from college, I went to Israel as a volunteer worker on Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet in Northern Israel. I was there from June 1973 to May 1974, working mainly on the assembly line of the Kibbutz orange crate factory. The Yom Kippur war broke out in [...]

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Roses, the 1967 war, and a husband

April 9, 2018

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Jennifer Zoberman While attending the University of Arizona in Tuscon, my parents paid for a European trip for me, but I said, “I must go to Israel to help.” So, we lost our trip money. It was not possible to fly to Israel from the U.S. due to the 1967 war, so I flew to [...]

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From Cairo to Israel

April 9, 2018

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John Correll Over a three-day weekend in 1990 while on a job assignment in Cairo, Egypt, I decided to visit Israeli friends who lived in the Jewish settlement of Ariel. When the Egyptian taxi driver picked me up from my hotel, he was very talkative and friendly until I told him the airlines was El [...]

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