Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left Several prominent veteran Democrats, alarmed by the party’s drift from its longstanding alignment with Israel, are starting a new political group that will try to counter the rising skepticism on the left toward the Jewish state by sup-porting lawmakers and candidates in 2020 who stand unwaveringly with the country. click Israel Matters! 132 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal
Now this is Interesting, but Sad If you ask most parents to define the purpose of school curriculum, I would venture to say most would reply that the fundamental purpose is to ensure that students receive integrated, coherent learning experiences that contribute towards their personal, academic and professional learning and growth. Follow on discussions would probably touch on the need for curricula to foster positive growth in the areas of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. I would agree. click Israel Matters! 131 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal
Not Strictly Kosher T.V. I travel to Israel twice a year, each time for a few weeks. I see Israel through several perspectives; that of a Jewish American, a former resident, and as a sociologist. As a sociologist I am interested in the daily lives of people; how they relate to each other on a face to face basis, what they eat, how they work and how they play. Being in Israel now I chose to write about what they watch on T.V. and how some of the locally produced T.V. series reflect what is going on in Israeli society. click Israel Matters! 130 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal
Israeli Snapshots-End of the Year Operation Northern Shield The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has launched Operation Northern Shield. What’s it about and what does it mean? Northern Shield is a military operation on the Israel side of the Israel-Lebanon border for the purpose of exposing and destroying Hezbollah’s cross-border attack tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel. Reports of Hezbollah tunneling activity near Metula, the northernmost town in the Galilee, has been going on for a number of years. Until recently, that was all there was- reports and supposition. However, thanks to recent intelligence efforts plus the introduction of new advances in engineering and detection technologies countering Hamas tunnels from Gaza, Hezbollah tunnels can now be found… and they are. click Israel Matters! 129 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal
While you may have been busy elsewhere For most of us, there is a reflexive tendency to think about anti-Semitism as something propagated by the Alt-right – white supremacy, the KKK, and neo-Nazi groups. That version of anti-Semitism was seen in its most ugly form most recently with the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue. For many of us, the horror in Pittsburgh just as with the violent protests that rocked Charlottesville last year was like muscle memory. We’ve seen it before and we know exactly what it means. click Israel Matters! 128 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.
Summer Musings – Israel, Iran, BDS At a public event early in Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the Iranian president, he was widely reported to say, “Israel is an old wound that needed to be removed.” The AP sought to temper those remarks by reporting “they should be seen in the context of internal Iranian politics where softening the establishment’s anti-Israeli stand is not an option.” click Israel Matters! 127 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.
Beaches Somehow our Jewish People have become associated with ‘beaches’. Many retire to Miami Beach, or have childhood memories of Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. Further down the coast is the Jersey Shore. Those who grew up locally in the New Haven area may recall Bagel Beach or Silver Sands. The beach tradition has carried over from the Diaspora to the modern Jewish State. click Israel Matters! 126 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.
Choose to Lead: 2018 AIPAC National Policy Conference Report Register today for 2019. Be a part of the largest gathering of pro-Israel Americans. In early March, we led the New Haven delegation to the AIPAC 2018 National Policy Conference in Washington DC. The conference numbers tell a powerful story: click Israel Matters! 125 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.
Reflections on Reaching Seventy May 14th marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. On the Hebrew calendar, this is the fifth day of Iyar, the eighth month of the year 5778. The anniversary of this date is known as Yom Ha’atzmaut and this year falls on April 19th. click Israel Matters! 123 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.
A Dispatch from Tel Aviv —The 2018 Jewish Funders Network International Conference During the period March 11-15, 586 donors from 12 countries have come together for express purpose of taking Jewish and Israeli philanthropy to new levels of effectiveness. The conference rotates year to year — west coast to east coast to Israel. year the conference will be held in San Francisco. click Israel Matters! 122 to read the complete issue. Will open with the free Adobe Reader or equal.