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To Embrace, To Strengthen

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Yotam Dagan

Translated from Yotam’s article that appeared July 21 in Maariv. These are tough days. As the fighting lingers on, after weeks in which we have experienced mostly substantial operational success and very impressive resilience among the Israeli population, we are now entering a new hard and painful phase in which vague information and rumors turn into actual bad news: “our soldiers are fighting in a determined and heroic way”… ”there are casualties”… &…


Living Together When the Shadows Grow Long

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Maurit Beeri

I was a young department director at ALYN Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center a decade ago when I first learned of the concept of "cultural sensitivity in health." We can take better care of our patients, I learned, if we understood better their cultural concepts of sickness and healing, their faith and their folklore. Together with the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center we developed a curriculum which helped us make ALYN more geared towards our patients' families. This might be a well-establi…


Heard Round WexWorld: Israeli Voices in America

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Ruthie Saragosti, Aaron Fortus,

This past Thursday night, the seven new members of the Wexner Israel Fellowship, Class 26, attended a 1,000 person-strong rally in a Boston area synagogue, where the community and various dignitaries expressed support and solidarity for Israel. Here are some of the fellow’s reactions to that evening:   “For me, as a senior officer in the IDF, this kind of warm, large and supportive assembly was a much needed ״shot״ of encouragement and a binding event. These days, away from …


At Home, Running for Cover

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Rabbi Matt Berkowitz

    The past month has been a time of great emotion and tension for those of us living in Israel. From the moment that Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar were kidnapped, there was a sense of forboding that overtook the country. And tragically, it seems there is little hope on the horizon for a conflict that has been forced upon the State of Israel. Today, I had the privilege and honor of participating in a mission to the south as part of a solidarity mission organized by…


Wexner Alums in Print Around the World

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Wexner Alums

    Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D, (WGFA, Class 8)  President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, wrote a piece for JTA on July 22, 2014.   When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough.  That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of combat. Merry Clayton…


A Home for the Severely Disabled – Under Rocket Fire

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Reuven Avital

Aleh is Israel's largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. We provide 650 children in Israel with high-level medical and rehabilitative care in four residential facilities.    Aleh is their home and their family – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.    Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran is our southern branch, located just 15 miles from Gaza, near the town of Ofakim.  It provides a high standard of residential and…



Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Jill Max

Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,” I told him. “But this year, I am committed to learning again.” We exchanged elementary Hebrew phrases, he complimented my accent, and then I asked him how it had been all day. “More of the same,” he said, “but at…


Generation X-ile

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Allen Selis

Silicon Valley specializes in creating new things.  Silicon wafers with brains.  Eyeglasses with cameras.  Cars without drivers.  To that list, I’d like to add one more innovation: a model of religious life for Israelis that gets beyond pointless divisions between religious and secular Jews.   For the last three years, I have served as headmaster of the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Silicon Valley’s one Orthodox day school for grades PK-8.  The sc…


Heard Round WexWorld: Wexner Heritage Summer Institute 2014

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Scott Reiter

I took a class Monday with Maya Bernstein, who was wonderful. The theme of the day was Bein adam l’atzmo (an internal day of reflection, focusing on ourselves as leaders). The session was about immunity to change. She walked us through a process to help us understand what holds us back and why we’d want the change. What’s our goal? What are the values behind the goal? What are conflicting values? What fears are holding us back from making the change? I had the opportunity to …


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