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.
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
Today’s guest blog post was written by Hannah Froiland. Hannah is one of the amazing participants on the Yahel Social Change Program this year. Many of the Yahelnikim have been going to Shabbat services at a few of the different congregations in Gedera, including the progressive synagogue. After our visit for Friday night services, we … More Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day Hike
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
TSL Families, The group has had an amazing past few days, putting quite a few kilometers under their wheels as they’ve traveled from the far north of the country all the way down to the Negev Desert in the south. After concluding their time with the Israeli Tawonga campers from the north the group headed … More Saying Goodbye / by Aaron Mandel, Camp Tawonga
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
This morning I woke up early for the Hanukkah tiyul (camping trip) training session. Lisa and I got dressed and then headed for the local bakery around 7:45 am. It’s less than a three minute walk from our house, and whenever you pass by, the most enticingly delicious smell hits your nose. It’s almost impossible … More Learning the lay of the land / by Sarah Gidanian