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Wednesday 02/21/2018
Thanks to IDF’s ‘Special in Uniform’ program, the future looks bright
Posted: February 21, 2018

You know those pictures that tell you to take a look and say what you see, and after you draw a banal answer, they say to you: “Now take a really good look and say what you see.” You look for a minute or two, and suddenly you notice something completely different that is hidden in the picture. This story reminds me of those images.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Jews and President’s Day
Posted: February 14, 2018

Next week is President’s Day, an amalgamated birthday celebration for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. For Jews, President’s Day has a special meaning. Both Washington and Lincoln were remarkable friends of American Jews, and their lives and careers still resonate as models for religious liberty and the treatment of minorities in our nation.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Jewish Dreamer risks deportation to a country he barely knows
Posted: February 07, 2018

My name is Elias Rosenfeld and I am a 20-year-old student at Brandeis University in Boston, where I am studying political science and sociology with a legal studies minor. I am also a DACA recipient. I came to the United States legally, on a visa, with my mom and sister when I was 6 years old, from Caracas, Venezuela. My mother came here on an L1 visa, which enabled her and us toward a legal pathway to a green card and eventual citizenship.

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
One of my donors harassed me — I couldn’t afford to stay silent
Posted: January 31, 2018

As a 27-year-old female Hillel executive director, I spend my days focused on enriching the lives of Jewish students in my community. Working for an organization with a mission and vision so closely aligned with my values is a privilege. It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am to hold such responsibility.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
An anti-BDS law that allows hatemongers to pose as martyrs
Posted: January 24, 2018

The term “blacklist” is one that brings up memories of McCarthysim to most Americans. But those on a new Israeli “blacklist” who are to be blocked from entry to that country for promoting boycotts are undeserving of any sympathy.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Promoting a culture of Jewish learning
Posted: January 17, 2018

As many people in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community know, Valley Beit Midrash is committed to fostering a pluralistic intellectual culture of Jewish learning with our every endeavor. Whether it is through our regular learning series, spiritual retreats, or young professional and young family programming (such as the Start Me Up! and YATOM Family Fellowships), every aspect of our organization is dedicated to celebrating the many ideas and visions for a rounded contemporary Jewish life.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Speaking out against hate
Posted: January 10, 2018

Last week, news broke on TMZ.com that four flight attendants were suing Delta Airlines for “a pattern of intentionally discriminating and retaliating against ethnically Jewish, Hebrew and/or Israeli employees and passengers.” The story was quickly picked up by other media outlets, and while the merits of the case will be decided in court, the online response to the suit was disturbing.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Equality and inclusion for people with disabilities in Israel
Posted: January 03, 2018

There are many amazing organizations directly serving people with disabilities in Israel. But there is one tiny but mighty nonprofit that is key to winning the battle to enable people with disabilities to participate as fully and independently as possible in regular community life.

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