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June 16, 2011
“The first time I tried to grow them for the greenhouse, the seedlings all died – I forgot to water them,” says Annie Shore, without sounding a bit guilty. Her second time around, she was more successful. “I never gardened much,” she continues, “but when I understood that the gardening here was about much more than just plants, I got interested.”
Annie, a participant in the Yahel Social Change Program, spends part of every week working with Ethiopian Israelis in the community gardens of Gedera. There are currently five gardens under different apartment buildings in the Shapira neighborhood. Friends by Nature – a non profit working in the field of community empowerment and education, and the Gedera Gar’in – a group of community activists, initiated the garden project together with the neighborhood...
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June 15, 2011
Recently many of the current volunteers and alumni of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa shared their Jewich culture by participating in an early Passover seder with about 500 African migrants in South Tel Aviv. Here’s what Adam Workman, a current 10 month Social Action track participant, had to say about the experience:
For me, Pesach has always been a time to see that crazy family of mine, eat delicious food, and retell the story of our people crossing arid deserts to reach the Promised Land. As the holiday approaches this year in 2011, the southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv had a gathering for their own family.
Around 5:30 in the afternoon of Saturday April 9th, the African refugees from around the area, the Israeli...
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June 06, 2011
By Zach Margulies, Pardes
After my first month at Pardes, I started getting into the routine of classes, and developed a pretty good sense of how the rest of the year would look.
They way we learn here is very different from the way we learn in college; in college, classes meet two or three times a week for an hour at a time, and the bulk of the work is done at home, alone.  Study here is much more communal.  After shacharit (the early morning service), and breakfast together, we all break off into classes for the rest of the day.  
The way most classes work is that the teacher gives a short lesson at the beginning of class, and then sends us off to the beit midrash (literally something like “house of searching/interpretation” –...
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