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Pairing Joy and Grief

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Ra'anan Avital

For many years now, we Israelis remember our fallen on the eve of Independence Day. The saddest day of the year leads directly into the happiest one. Many people, myself included, feel uncomfortable with this "unnatural" pairing of joy and grief. Yet, for a young nation whose independence was achieved though herculean efforts and at an incredibly high price in human lives, this IS a natural pairing. During the War of Independence 3600 soldiers and 2400 civilians lost their lives: 1% of the Isr…


3000 Years of History in 10 Minutes

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Noam Katz

The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started back in 2016 to prepare for the commemoration of the main Jubilee events of modern Jewish history and of the State of Israel.  The general strategy of the Israeli Public Diplomacy Division is to do outreach to many audiences —  Jewish and non-Jewish — around the world.  Israeli Public Diplomacy works to best optimize its the skills of its headquarters staff and 103 missions abroad to mark the Jub…


Twin Cities Annual Holocaust Commemoration

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 by Joni Sussman

Twin Cities Annual Holocaust Commemoration, which draws 600-800 people to a local synagogue each year, took place on Thursday, April 12 at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul.  The theme was “Coming of Age During the Shoah: Survivor Stories.”   The survivors telling their stories were children at the time of the Shoah and lost not only their homes and families but also their childhoods.  Yet they went on to bequeath childhoods of love and joy to their own children and gr…


Bringing Digital Natives to "Never Again"

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Stephen Grynberg

Three years ago, I created an interactive website called Illuminate to encourage the commemoration of Yom HaShoah.  As a filmmaker, this was new territory for me.  Films, by their nature, change in their creation: rewrites, re-shoots, reedits.  But once you launch them into the world, their beauty and their blemish become fixed.   With technology, getting out in the world is just the beginning.  Change stands on your shoulder and whispers in your ear and the idea…


Medicine After the Holocaust

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Sheldon Rubenfeld

For the past twenty years I have been studying, teaching, and writing about medicine and the Holocaust.  In 2010 I founded the non-profit Center for Medicine after the Holocaust or CMATH.   Among CMATH’s many activities over the years are lectures and art exhibits about medicine and the Holocaust - in Prague, Budapest and Kiev.  Some of those works, and some new ones, are on exhibit at Cooper Union’s library in New York City right now (through May 11).  There is…


We Remember

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Ellen Trachtenberg

As I anticipate our community wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration this Sunday, coordinated by The Holocaust Museum Houston, of which I am one of the proud founders, I am overwhelmed with emotion.   On the global level I will remember the incomparable number of six million murdered fellow Jews, but I also have a more personal interest.   I will be thinking of my husband’s grandmother, great-grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, who we only know through my mother-in-law’s …


Thou Shalt Not Oppress a Stranger

Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2018 by Rick Kornfeld

I recently returned from speaking to a roomful of dairy producers in Kansas City.  One of the focuses of my legal practice is compliance, and I’ve been privileged to provide counsel to the dairy industry for the past decade.  Among the chief challenges for those who work in agriculture in this country is labor; more specifically, finding a sufficient workforce in a country with very low unemployment, and in an industry where workers are exposed to the elements, work with large an…


African Asylum Seekers in Israel — A Deal Struck, Then Cancelled

Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2018 by Yossi Abramowitz

The first Wexner Alumni Social Justice Summit in 2017 identified, as a key issue facing the Jewish world, the African asylum seekers in Israel.  This week, some of us were able to resuscitate and get a comprehensive deal signed between the State of Israel and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, which would have resolved the issue.  Hours after the signing of the deal, Prime Minister Netanyahu abruptly cancelled it.  So we are back to the streets (last night in Jerusa…


Heard Round WexWorld: March for our Lives

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Emily Munster, Zach Shapiro, Lily Goldberg and Hannah Blumenfeld

This past Saturday, I participated in March for Our Lives. I didn’t initially plan on going because I was nervous about what some of my family members would think and I was worried that an event like this could attract a shooter. However, I changed my mind a few days before while watching March Madness at the house of a family friend. I was talking about how great it is that so many teens are getting involved in politics and showing that we can make a change. My friend’s cousin respo…


Wexner Senior Leaders — Reflections on Classroom and Community

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Muhammed Shameyeh, Ronen Shapira, Dorit Tekes-Manova, Michal

Negotiations with Professor Mandell, by Michal   I guess most of us took a course or two on negotiating, prior to joining WSL, but I believe that after a short encounter with Diego Primadonna and Rio Nacionale, we all realized we had quite a bit more to learn.  Wouldn't it be great if we mastered the art of letting other people have it our own way?   So we started getting familiar with BATNA's (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement) and ZOPA's (Zone of Possible Agreement…


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