Israel: a values discourse

“The Shalom Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. Through our work, we are redefining the conversation about Judaism in modernity, religious pluralism,…

Yiscah Smith: activist, leader, hero

We are a species that categorizes. Categories permeate every facet of our lives, as categorization is a natural process for us to organize the world around us. Essentially, humans naturally dissect one another into compartments, or identifiers. Consider how others…

How Hadas Libman keeps it on par

Hadas Libman is the latest diamond in the rough in Jewish Athletes. She hails from Israel and sacrificed time away from her family to live the dream of becoming a professional women’s golfer. She won her first Israeli Open when…

Israel’s secret humanitarian battle

On Feb. 16, 2013 Israeli ambulances brought wounded Syrians into an emergency room in Ziv Medical Center. In the two-and-a-half years since, more than 2,000 wounded Syrians have been admitted into a number of different Israeli hospitals. Since the beginning…

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin through art and music

Exploring the spectrum of Israeli music, from Aviv Geffen to HaDag Nahash, and art exhibits that commemorate Rabin and honor his contribution to the State of Israel. It was the day that democracy in Israel was murdered. Just over 20…

Unity by music, division by BDS

For many musicians, “Good evening, Tel Aviv!” is a brave political statement. Just to perform in Israel, singers and renowned musicians from all around the world are forced by opinionated fans to take a political position on the highly nuanced…

Our democratic fight

As a student who grew up in a democratic and liberal environment, I was constantly told to be proud of myself and to stand up for who I am and what I believe in. Earlier this week, the student government…

My night at the Friends of the IDF Gala

As I entered the glamorous Beverly Hilton Hotel last Thursday, November 5, for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces Gala, I felt a strong sense of community. Surrounding me were philanthropists, professionals, actors, and of course, American and Israeli…

Baba Joon: a reflection

On November 3, I had the chance to attend the 29th Israel Film Festival at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills to watch the film Baba Joon. This particular film screening was co-sponsored by the Younes and Soraya…

Nostalgia’s dreams come true: Yoni Rechter’s visit to Los Angeles

An unsuspecting theatre in the Gindi Auditorium at the American Jewish University was filled with a bunch of nostalgic Israelis last week — and it was beautiful. Yoni Rechter, one of the most notable figures in modern Israeli music, was…