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Refugees Remember the Fallen A special Yom Hazikaron ceremony was held in the Jewish community of the city of Lodz, Poland, in memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Nitzan Kedar, May 4, 2022 As Israel marks Remembrance Day for fallen Israel Defense Forces soldiers and victims of terror, Jewish communities around the …

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Independence Day: Here’s how Jewish communities around the world are celebrating Jewish communities around the globe have created events for Yom Ha’zikaron and are beginning to celebrate Independence Day. Zvika Klein, May 4, 2022 In India, a small hut that has been turned into a synagogue was painted on Wednesday in honor of Independence Day. …

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Post-IDF soldiers embark on journey to lead Yom Ha’atzmaut events in the Diaspora The initiative will send a group of young men and women who have recently completed military or national service for a week-long immersion in diaspora communities worldwide. Zvika Klein, April 29, 2022 Tens of young Israeli men and women; post IDF soldiers …

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Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis

I’m a rabbi in Warsaw. I’m terrified for the future of Ukraine — and the free world Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis, 03/03/2022 I live in Poland and work as a rabbi in the local Jewish community, but I’ve been paying close attention to Ukraine since Putin’s last invasion in 2014. I was invigorated by the election …

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As European War Wages, Rabbinical Emissaries on Front Lines of Refugee Response As the winds of war continue to make their way across Ukraine and threaten many cities with large Jewish populations, Jewish organizations across the world are scrambling to implement a comprehensive response to one of the largest refugee crises in modern history.  Among …

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shlichim in the snow, Athens

European rabbis gather to address challenges facing Jewish community The three-day event is attended by graduates of the the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Emissary Programs who flew in from 11 different countries, and dozens of others, who were unable to travel, but joined in via Zoom.  ILH Staff 27/1/22 A delegation of graduates from the Straus-Amiel …

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When the candle brings more than light What is it about the festivals sprinkled throughout the Jewish calendar that speaks to people of all ages and backgrounds? Rabbi Benjy Myers | December 5, 2021 As a child, I grew up in Britain, Israel and Australia. It’s the lot of being the child of community leaders …

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Hason Family

Over the course of the summer, the newest cadre of emissaries trained by the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Institutes will be embarking upon rabbinical, educational and spiritual shlichut in  Jewish communities around the world – and this week, the first family departed Israel on this mission to make a difference. Tzuri and Hannah Leah Hason will …

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Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun

‘Sometimes we cry,’ says IDF colonel deployed at site of Florida condo collapse Col. Golan Vach says Surfside building collapse is one of the most difficult situations he has witnessed. Meanwhile, Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun, who is coordinating supply efforts, says “We’re just seeing an incredible outpouring of compassion and a desire to help.” By Reuters …

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The Kasowitz Family in Kenya

Chicago to Israel to Kenya A family’s story of living Jewishly on three continents Michelle Cohen, May 28, 2021 When Avital Kaszovitz prepared to be a Modern Orthodox shlicha (emissary) to the Jewish community in Kenya, she never imagined one of the first things she would do would be sending homemade challah and chicken soup to recovering COVID-19 …

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