Homeland and Home

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I arrived in the United States early this morning, passing a team of Israeli shlichim from the same flight as me. Carrying my heavy luggage with me, I boarded a bus down the East Coast toward Washington, DC.
 
 

Ashreinu

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Program Description

ASHREINU is an innovative new Yeshiva designed to challenge and excite young men who want to combine the study of Torah with a full program of communal, social and physical development.   
 
Our mission is to instill in our students a lifelong love and commitment to Torah, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. This is accomplished through our unique curriculum combining a half day of dynamic Torah study, with community internships and a full program of educational and challenging tiyulim.
 
Ashreinu’s energetic staff is dedicated to the development of each and every student in a warm and caring environment.

Highlights

Torah Study - Ashreinu's Torah Study curriculum is well rounded and designed to immerse students in the areas of Torah that are most relevant to their daily lives. The program is designed to nurture a love of Torah and emphasize the development of truly independent learning skills.
 
Community Internships - The Community Internship program is an integral part of the Ashreinu experience. Students select volunteer opportunities that best reflect their interests and talents.
 
Tiyulim - Students will appreciate the beauty of Eretz Yisrael by hiking, rappelling, climbing and swimming, from Mount Hermon at the northern tip of Israel to the Eilat Mountains in the south. Weekly tiyulim will coincide with the material learned by our students, so that the stories in Tanach and Chazal come alive through visits to the actual locations where history unfolds. Many of our tiyulim will integrate an "extreme" element, challenging our students with a unique combination of learning and adventure.
 

For more information, contact:

Rabbi Gotch Yudin
201-338-5150

Welcome Back from Israel with "Bezalel on Tour" at Sotheby's in Chicago

Welcome Back from Israel with "Bezalel on Tour" at Sotheby's in Chicago

July 19, 2012 - 18:00  -  July 19, 2012 - 20:00

Sotheby’s 188 E. Walton PlaceChicago, IL  - 

Welcome back from Israel! Join other young adults recently returned from Birthright, Masa or the YLD Summer Trip to Israel as we take in the artwork of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, right here in Chicago. 
Enjoy wine and cheese and share your Israel experiences with others. This event is free of charge.
 
Steven Henkin

Symbols, metaphors, and preparing to come home

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So this is it. The end. It’s over.
 
After Shabbat, I’m going to see everyone again in the fall at best, never at worst.
 

Not just for laughs

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By Sophia Jane Wilkof, Midreshet Yeud 
 
This year I have had the opportunity to put my Zionism into meaningful action.
 
I chose to go to a seminary called Midreshet Yeud, where I was able to both immerse myself in Jewish learning to strengthen my Jewish identity, and immerse myself in Israeli life through volunteering to strengthen my tie to this land.
 
I've always loved performing and I wanted to p
 

Jewish Community Celebration - Israel in the Gardens

Jewish Community Celebration - Israel in the Gardens

June 10, 2012 - 11:00  -  June 10, 2012 (All day)

Yerba Buena GardensSan Francisco  -  United States

Get ready to join thousands of members of the greater bay Area Jewish community for our annual event.
Israel in the Gardens, the largest Jewish celebration in Northern California will be more exciting than ever, with lots of musical talents, roundtable community conversations, exciting kids' activities, the new O-Zone for teens, & the After Party (21+) at the Cellar.

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Chicago Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell

Chicago Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell

June 12, 2012 - 19:00

Beth Hillel Bnei EmunahWilmette, IL  - 

The Jewish Agency for Israel, NefeshB’Nefesh&TheAliyah Council of Greater Chicago proudly invite you to the Annual Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell in honor of:
Chicagoland’s New Olim
Naale Elite Academy Students
Masa Israel Journey Participants
 
Tuesday, June 12 2012 at 7:00 pm
Beth Hillel Congregation BnaiEmunah
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
 
Heavy appetizers; dietary laws observed
 
Chairman of the Aliyah Council of Greater Chicago, Mr. Elliott Robinson
 
Co-sponsors: Masa Israel Journey, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Naale Elite Academy, American Zionist Movement, and Ebenezer Midwest
 
We will also be saying farewell to our Chicago shlichim who are returning to Israel 
 
Please RSVP for you and your guests by June 8th to Rachel at aliyahchicago@jafi.org or (847) 674-8861 
 

Coloring the desert

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By Tamar Gelb, Me'ohr Bais Yaakov
 
As nobody famous once said, "Dirt, dirt everywhere, but nothing to plant."
 
Driving for four hours in the desert of Israel, one can either go crazy from the mere desolation or crazy from the breathtaking beauty of the endless sand.