On the Ground in Israel and NJ

A personal view of our efforts in Israel from Amir Shacham, Associate Executive Vice President, Israel and Overseas

Creating Memorable Moments

What do these moments have in common?

  • 20 Israeli and Greater MetroWest volunteers work together to rebuild a house in Union Beach after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. They live together for a week, study Jewish texts, and create life-lasting bonds.
  • 40 young adults gather on a Frida…

The ABCs of the Israeli Election

It is now “the morning after” the Israeli general election. The results are in. Experts and commentators keep calculating, and yet no one knows who our next prime minister will be and which government will lead us from here. How can this be? Welcome to the Israeli political scene where e…

July 16, 2001

What did YOU do on July 16, 2001? You probably don’t remember. Most likely, you had yet another ordinary summer day.

Yet, for some people, this day means a lot. It could have been a life changer, perhaps even a lifesaver for them.

Since we just celebrated the 18th anniversary of this dat…

In Memory of Rita Waldor z”l

I was visiting Kehilat Ra’anan a couple of days before Rita passed. I was there with our new Global Connections team members in order to tell the story of the place, which correlates with the legacy of our community – a legacy in which Rita plays an important part. I shared with them the…

The Fifth Tribe Has Not Yet Really Spoken

The results of the Israeli general elections are clear cut. “The tribe has spoken.” The Israeli democracy, despite all its faults, is producing for us a distinct reflection of the Israeli society and its choices.

President Rivlin will most likely ask Netanyahu, once again, to form the g…