PluRADlism

Welcome to the launch my of new coexistence project!!! Today’s topic: pluralism (it’s rad). Despite being a Jewish state, Israel is a bastion of religious and ethnic diversity; this week, I was lucky to get to know some of Israel’s minority groups a bit more intimately.

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Pluralism is familiar to most Americans. The United States is an incredible amalgamation of different races, religions, ethnicities, and identities—call it a melting pot, a mosaic, but either way we can be proud of our diverse nation. And, because of the rights decreed by the 1st amendment, various identities live amongst one another with the freedom to express their differences and share their similarities. Even within certain religions, Americans enjoy a wide variety of pluralistic expression; for example, American Jews can belong to one of several religious camps including Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Ultra Orthodox, and Reconstructionist. … More PluRADlism

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Learning Doesn’t Stop on Vacation, David Aptaker / Yahel Social Change Program Participant

A lot has happened in the past months. But no part of the program has felt quite as high spirited as the holiday season here in Israel.  It’s been a great stretch of fun since Purim.  I think my highlight, however, was the Pesach break.  It wasn’t just vacation and a full halt to learning. … More Learning Doesn’t Stop on Vacation, David Aptaker / Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Mid-Program Update: Boston Onward Israel / by: Jacki Silbermann, Group Leader

It’s been an interesting and busy first three weeks for the Yahel Onward Israel program here in Haifa!  During the first week the participants started to get their feet wet, learning about the Hadar neighborhood, its history, layout, population, and even nightlife.  However, it didn’t take the group too long before they dove right in … More Mid-Program Update: Boston Onward Israel / by: Jacki Silbermann, Group Leader