Summing up my time at Pardes

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It is difficult to sum up these past 3 years at Pardes - the memories, the moments, the worlds that existed on this 3rd floor hidden paradise along with the teachers, the knowledge, the learning and the constant flow of engaging conversations.
 
Who I was three years ago is not exactly who I am today, and I have Pardes to thank for that.
 
 

Machon Greenberg

Program Description

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Reaffirms Its Commitment to Connecting Young Adults To Israel

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Reaffirms Its Commitment to Connecting Young Adults To Israel

June 26, 2012

Generous donation will fund recruiting position dedicated to increasing participation in the Masa Israel Journey program.
WASHINGTON – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, long-time supporters and creators of young adult engagement and programming, is proud to announce the addition of a full time professional to serve as an ambassador for The Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa Israel program. This program connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel. 
 
Matching funds from the government of Israel will be paired with a generous contribution from a local donor to support the program for two years. The new professional will have two primary focus areas including 1) double the local participation of young adults in the Masa Israel program from 130 to 270 participants by implementing a wide range of recruitment activities and 2) connect with Masa Israel participants upon their return to Greater Washington to help successfully integrate them into Jewish life. The creation of the new position will be crucial in reaching important goals that will more meaningfully connect young adults to Israel and Jewish life.
 
Federation President Stuart S. Kurlander stated “Greater Washington continues to lead the way in its unwavering commitment to young adults. We recognize that exposing this constituency to Israel in meaningful ways will create a solid foundation for a next generation of Jews who will exhibit strong support and commitment to our homeland.”
 
Since its inception in 2004, Masa Israel has brought more than 65,000 young adults to Israel. The program has grown by 1,000 or more new participants each year. One of Masa Israel’s major growth areas is the post-college age cohort (21–30) with more than 50% being alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Masa Israel participants have many opportunities to engage with one another through special seminars, holidays and Shabbat observances. These activities build connections with Israeli peers and other Jewish young adults.
 
"Masa Israel is thrilled to enter into a new partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to achieve our mutual goal of increasing the number of Taglit: Birthright Israel returnees and other young adults who participate in immersive Israel programs.  Our new staff person will also play a vital role in ensuring that alumni of Masa Israel programs in Greater Washington become activated and engaged as emerging Jewish communal leaders" shared Avi Rubel, Masa Israel North American Director.
 
Steven A. Rakitt, CEO of The Federation shared, “We are grateful to the generous donor whose commitment will make it possible for more Washingtonian young adults to take part in this important immersive Jewish experience." This gift exemplifies Federation’s interest and willingness to approach philanthropy from a new perspective. We believe that more and more donors will see us as their partners prepared to respond to their interests and turn their philanthropic dreams into reality." 

Watching the time run away

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By Arielle Wasserman, Midreshet Lindenbaum
 
It’s June, and the packing and planning for your year in Israel has begun in earnest. Running to Walmart and Target making sure you have enough toothpaste and socks to last you the full ten months- because, you know, it’s not like you can get these items in Israel.
 

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