A new film examines tensions over religion and state in the Jewish homeland. See the trailer.
An article about the Jewish student boom in the Sunshine State.
For post-college Birthright alumni, a training program in advocacy.
Some professors have objections — or is it just a double standard when it comes to Israel?
Israel advocacy for college campuses that don’t have a Hillel.
A new Facebook tool offers positive facts about Israel.
The Jewish Agency launches a ‘warts and all’ Web site on Israel and Jewish identity.
Reform Judaism magazine has tips for the college bound.
Two articles show the other side of a “war-torn land.”
Two new pro-Israel web sites have been redesigned, and one new organization launched on line.
Rabbi Ben Kaminer has “Seven reasons you are a Zionist and didn’t know it.”
Want to own the “SuperJew” t-shirt worn by Seth Rogen in the new movie Funny People and help a good cause? Web sit VeriMeri is selling the T and will donate a percentage of sales to Temple Israel Day School of Hollywood and Jewish World Watch, a human rights monitoring group founded by famed Conservative rabbi Harold Schulweis. [...]
Israel is known for its high-tech innovations, but sometimes its low-tech solutions benefit the world. In this case, circumcision is a powerful tool in the fight against AIDS, and, according to ISRAEL21c, Israeli doctors are training African doctors how to perform circumcisions: In a historic first, three doctors from the Muslim community in Senegal came [...]
Leonard Cohen was a major songwriter in the ’60s, and younger people probably know him best for the song “Hallelujah,” which was featured in the original Shrek movie. Cohen is on tour, and he is making a stop in Israel, at Ramat Gan Stadium on September 24. According to the blog Israelity, he is going [...]
This a a commercial, created for Israel’s Cellcom cell phone company, that’s causing all kinds of controversy in Israel. Some think it is a sweet statement about peace, since the Israeli soldiers gather to “play” soccer with unseen Palestinians on the other side of the scurity fence. (The announcer says, “After all, what are we [...]
Newsweek magazine has obtained The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary, a guide, written by political consultant Frank Luntz, which will “will provide you with many specific words and phrases to help you communicate effectively in support of Israel.” The “dictionary” offers 25 rules for effective communication, including this one: 5) Don’t pretend that Israel [...]
July 12 marks the third anniversary of the Second Lebanon War. To mark the occasion, The Israel Project is offering a “press kit” of documents and arguments about the war’s justifications and today’s threats to Israel.
How cool is this, sports fans? Triple Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak will skip the upcoming World Swimming Championships and instead compete in Israel’s Maccabiah Games in tribute to his Jewish heritage. Opening ceremonies for the 18th Maccabiah Games are July 13
Thinking about aliyah but headed off to college? The Jewish Agency for Israel is seeking candidates for its new “Campus Aliyah Fellowship.” Campus Aliyah Fellows will form “pre-Aliyah communities” and “lead a social and support network for Jewish students interested in exploring the possibility of moving to Israel.” JAFI is focusingon big Jewy universities, such [...]
Enjoy a video, narrated by Billy Crystal, about The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s research in sustainable agriculture and environmental sciences, work designed to alleviate world hunger and protect the environment. American Friends of Hebrew University won a “Silver Telly Award” for the video.
Have you ever been on a date and tried to test your own breath to see if your kissable? The hand-over-mouth-and-nose test has been unreliable and the ask-your-mom test is both embarassing and demeaning for both you and your mom. Thanks to students from Tel Aviv University, there is a third option. Researchers from the [...]
The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, a supplemental Sunday school for Jewish teens attending public school, has published a list of “Summer Programs for Jewish Teens 2009″. It’s one of the most extensive listing of such programs available and I HIGHLY recommend checking it out. Last summer, I participated in the Legacy Heritage Internship [...]
Israel native Ori Allon developed Orion, which allows Google users to conduct “an expert search without having an expert’s knowledge.” Google bought the exclusive rights the following year for an undisclosed sum after a bidding war with Yahoo! and Microsoft. They also hired Allon to work for the company. A Google search now produces results [...]
Here is a little science lesson for you: energy does not disappear. Energy is not “consumed” by machines and devices; it is just converted to another form. The reason we can’t use this energy over and over again is because the energy spreads out and takes the form of heat or sound and is harder [...]
Israel’s nomination for the Eurovision song contest this year is “There must be another way”, which explores the importance of coexistance between Arabs and Jews. The song is performed by Mira Awad, an Israeli Arab musician and actress and Jewish pop star Noa. The two women have very different backgrounds and their song involves Hebrew, [...]
Avi Smolen of New Milford, a senior at Rutgers University and former president of Rutgers Hillel, is one of 30 recipients — 12 of them American — of a fellowship from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to raise awareness about efforts to fight malaria in Africa. Smolen and another fellowship recipient, Randa Kuziez, vice [...]
Today is Earth Day, when awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment is celebrated across the world. Israel, always at the head of environmental research, will celebrate the occasion with big concert in Tel-Aviv. The Green Prophet, Israel’s only English-language blog about the environment, reported on the event: On April 23, reports Haaretz, lights out [...]
In these tough economic times, MASA, an organization established by the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel to encourage long-term stays in Israel, is reporting a three-fold increase in requests for information from North American students and recent college grads. In response to the new demand, MASA began its Better Stimulus Plan [...]
Palestinian authorities recently shut down a Palestinian youth orchestra after 13 young musicians performed for Holocaust survivors. Adnan Hindi, a Palestinian political leader in Jenin, was outraged by the concert. He called the Holocaust a political issue and said that the Palestinian children had been tricked. The orchestra was disbanded and Wafaa Younis, the director, [...]
Like many teens, I prefer texting to phone conversations. Its more concise and requires less time and attention. Texts messages range from “R U free Sat Night?” to “Pick up groceries on yr way home”. But soon, people will be receiving the text “water me” – from their trees. Israeli researchers Eran Raveh and Arieh Nadler from [...]