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A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Ilana Fromm on her trip in 2014

A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Four years ago, I boarded a plane to take a journey with Birthright Israel. I had very few expectations. As a senior in college, the past President of a national Jewish sorority, and a member of the Chabad Student Board, I was confident in my Jewish identity. I was raised in a strong Jewish community, attended Hebrew School twice a week until my Bat Mitzvah, and celebrated the High Holidays with my extended family. Read More

Millennial Jews are not Distancing Themselves from Israel, Quite the Contrary

by Gidi Mark May 21, 2018 at 11:51 pm

News stories have warned us of an unprecedented distancing between Israeli and North American Jewry. The recent decision of actress Natalie Portman to turn down the Genesis Prize – an award that celebrates Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity – has only exacerbated these fears. It seems that each side doesn’t fully grasp the difficulties the other is facing, and that there’s a substantial disagreement concerning many of Israel’s policies. Read More

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

When I turned 16, my father told me I was Jewish. This isn’t uncommon in Russia, where I was born and raised. Many people discover their Jewish roots later in life. But I just didn’t think I’d be one of them. I spent the next few weeks poring over family documents – birth certificates, passports, letters. Read More