Avi Ganz

“Returning Home”

“Returning Home: The Story of Gush Etzion” Watch “Returning Home,” the global event broadcast live on Yom Yerushalayim 5780/2020. The video features a VIP tour of Gush Etzion from Sgt. Major (Res) Steve Gar, Associate Director of OTS’s Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs. In addition to sharing the story of the Gush Etzion settlements …

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“Dear Saadya…”

Saadya Ehrenpreis z"l

“Dear Saadya…” by Avi Ganz | 01/5/2020 Dear Saadya, Tonight I’m not crying as much.  It’s not because I am any less sad.  Tears are but one way to help digest that which is perhaps too difficult to digest.  Tonight I am not crying as much because I am enveloped by the collective hug of …

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To Monsey with love, from Alon Shvut

Letter

From Monsey with love, from Alon Shvut Avi Ganz | The Times Of Israel | 3/1/20 On November 23rd, 2017, a Palestinian terrorist drove towards Gush Etzion Junction and got caught in a traffic jam just outside the gate to our community of Alon Shvut. It was a Thursday afternoon. As traffic stalled all around …

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Israel is for Everyone

Ohr Torah Stone Gap-Year Program Will Participate at Frisch Israel Night By JLNJ Staff | November 14, 2019 With gap-year program recruitment season launching in just a few short weeks, Ohr Torah Stone’s (OTS) Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs, which provide dynamic Israel study programs for students with special needs, for the first time …

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Why I’m excited for Israel Night

Darkaynu girls

Why I’m excited for Israel Night Avi Ganz | The Times Of Israel | 13/11/19 It’s mid-November.  College application season.  High school seniors everywhere are scrambling to get paperwork together, essays written, fees paid, and, most of all, target schools identified.  Is it too academic?  Not academic enough? How’s campus life?  How’s my degree program? …

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The Pesach Seder: A Paradigm of Inclusion

The Pesach Seder: A Paradigm of Inclusion Avi Ganz | The Times Of Israel | 17/04/19 One of the more well-known passages in the Passover Haggadah speaks of the ‘Four Sons’, in reference to whom, the Torah enjoins us to engage with our children on the Seder Night.  In quoting the verses which instruct us to engage …

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Darkaynu – This is Our Way

photo of Darkaynu and Finkle girls in beit midrash

Darkaynu – This is Our Way The blessed initiatives bringing young Jews from the Diaspora to a year of learning in Israel left young women and men with special needs behind. The Darkaynu programs succeed in makeing the Jewish and Zionist year-in-Israel experience accessible.  By Ariel Schnabel – Makor Rishon Weekend Supplement | 16 November, …

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