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IST, ISLI, Free Spirit — they all spell Teens in Israel

IST, ISLI, Free Spirit — they all spell Teens in Israel

Israel. One word. Enough said. That is, if you have been to Israel, and walked the path of Abraham, Moses and David Ben-Gurion.

For Jewish teens living in America today, “Israel is like this place that I’m told to have a deep connection with.” It’s hard to understand the deep history that is read about in the Torah.

But after landing in Israel and breathing the saltwater in Tel Aviv, feeling the cold touch of the Western Wall, and eating the warm, crunchy falafel, a forever connection to Israel is created. Israel is that friend who will always be there for you, no matter what you are going through.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:20 )

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Intermountain

When an older sibling leaves for college, what’s next?

When an older sibling leaves for college, what’s next?CHANGE and college. College and change. It’s like these two words were meant for each other, like peanut butter and jelly, a bat and a ball, Minnie and Mickey Mouse. College is that time of one’s life that allows new avenues to be explored, to learn how to live outside the nest. It’s a big adjustment for every family member. Parents have less laundry and dishes to wash. Older siblings no longer have to play chauffeur to the younger siblings. The younger sibling might finally get the bigge...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:40 )

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Intermountain

Growing up at Jewish summer camp

Growing up at Jewish summer campSummer time. No classrooms. No homework. No bells. Just the blissful summer sunshine beating down. Jewish summer camp counselors’ hot, long days are spent enriching the lives of campers through Jewish-rooted programs that will make a lasting mark. Rocky Altman, a 13-year attendee of Shwayder Camp, and in her fourth year as a staff member, started attending because her older sister went to camp. The friendships she formed at age seven have “stuck like glue” as she is now co-counselor with...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 July 2013 10:05 )

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Denver

Seniors put the ‘social’ in the wellness at Shalom Park

Seniors put the ‘social’ in the wellness at Shalom ParkWater walking club? Exercising at age 95? Progressing from getting around with a walker to just a cane? All of this and more is taking place at Shalom Cares’ J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center, located on the Shalom Park Campus, where seniors are becoming more active in their body and mind. Bobbie Seserman, a six-year patio home resident of Shalom Park, can be found all over the campus attending Shabbat dinners, discussing the latest books in book club, and playing bridge. But at least t...

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 June 2013 08:09 )

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Boulder

Boulder Jewish Festival this Sunday, June 9

Boulder Jewish Festival this Sunday, June 9 The annual Boulder Jewish Festival will be Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m, on the Pearl Street Mall and Courthouse Lawn in downtown Boulder. Festival entertainment this year is a mix of new and returning artists. Cowboy Hersh kicks off the festival with a special set for the younger crowd. Next up is a group new to the festival stage, Tofakhon. After a successful performance at Limmud, this is the first major performance of this Bukharian musical troup in Boulder. The Lost Tribe returns with ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:07 )

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Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN

Marcy Oster Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

Marcy Oster Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

French JDL leader: Reports of ban on group are rumors

Cnaan Liphshiz A leader of France’s Jewish Defense League dismissed as rumors reports that officials were considering banning his far-right group. ... [Link]

Belgian doctor refuses to treat Jewish woman citing Gaza conflict

Cnaan Liphshiz A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain. ... [Link]

Amsterdam apartment flying Israeli flag targeted with firebomb

Cnaan Liphshiz A Jewish woman who displayed an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam was targeted with a firebomb and death threats. ... [Link]

Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthpla... [Link]

Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

Anthony Weiss One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ hospital HQ, Virginia pol’s ulpan, understanding metzitzah b’peh

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

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