What’s the Secret to Living Into Your 90s?

Posted on May 21st, 2017
By Jonathan Zalman for Tablet Magazine 

We’ll find in out HBO’s upcoming documentary, ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast’

Initially I felt two things when I watch the new trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which features some well known Jewish entertainers are asked (by Carl Reiner) to answer the question: What’s the secret to living into your ’90s? I felt a mixture of sadness and love for relatives and friends I’ve lost throughout my life, then an undeniable appreciation for the numerous stars featured in the doc who remain, well, inspirations. We’re talking: Reiner, Mel Brooks, Betty White, Stan Lee, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Bennett, Kirk Douglas (the oldest, at 100), Fyvush Finkel, composer Irving Fields (who died in 2016 at the age of 101), actress Patricia Morison, and Jerry Seinfeld who, though he isn’t even close to 90, has “already reserved the stage at Caesar’s Palace for his 100th birthday show,” which just makes so much sense.

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Five Key Ingredients for Maximizing Impact in Young Adult Engagement

Posted on May 14th, 2017
By David Cygielman on eJewishPhilanthropy

For the past 10 years, Moishe House has discovered a great deal from young adults in their 20s as they create the most vibrant and meaningful Jewish communities. We have learned from Moishe House staff, residents, participants, and from digging into the findings of our external evaluations.

The landscape itself looks quite different today than it did in 2006 when the first Moishe House opened. We continue to adapt our strategy over the years to meet the needs and demands of Millennials across six continents and will continue to evolve as the program grows. That said, we consistently come back to five key ingredients that we find absolutely crucial in maximizing the impact of young adult engagement: Peer-to-Peer Engagement; Frequency of Attendance; Depth of Content and Variety of Jewish Programming; Specific Age Range; and Vetted Leaders.

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In Defense of Israel

Posted on May 7th, 2017

by: Spencer Schwartz for Fresh Ink for Teens

I feared speaking out against anti-Israel propaganda, then something within me changed.

Born and raised a strong Zionist in a monochromatic Jewish world, I attended the Solomon Schechter Day School through eighth grade, and I always knew I loved Israel. I never knew why I loved Israel and that was because I didn’t have to explain. I never faced opposition to my passion for my culture and never encountered friends who were not excited for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. To put it simply, I never had to defend Israel, so I never knew it required defending.

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WATCH: A satellite built by Israeli students launched into space

Posted on May 1st, 2017
Translated and edited by N. Elias for YnetNews

The hard work of more than 80 students from Ofakim, Yeruham, Ofra, Hura and Herzliya on the development of a small satellite dubbed Duchifat 2 comes to fruition as it is launched toward the International Space Station.

After a delay of about a month, the tiny Israeli Duchifat 2 satellite was launched Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite, a project of the Israeli Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and the Herzliya Municipality, was launched on the Atlas 5 launcher to the International Space Station.

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A festival in the Israeli wilderness promoted love around the world, and I took a lot of photos there

Posted on April 23rd, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine 

Check out my cool photos of people camping, singing and being awesome together at the annual Rainbow Gathering last week.

At Rainbow Gatherings, massive crowds camp and celebrate together in the wilderness, a little like Burning Man. All is free (even food and water), and campers form communities overnight.

The first gathering was held in the U.S. in 1972, and these gatherings have since spread around the world. That's how I ended up at the Israeli Rainbow Gathering last week, where I took a lot of photos ...

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