Remembering Rona Ramon 0

Remembering Rona Ramon

Posted on Dec 17, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Israel

I was introduced to Rona and her husband Ilan in 2002 by Ellen and Louis Krinsky. Ilan, Israel’s first astronaut, was stationed in Houston in preparation for a flight aboard Space Shuttle Columbia the next year.  With Ilan in training, Ellen and Louis thought it would be good idea if Rona and her children, Asaf, Tal, Yiftach and Noa, spent a summer in Bruceville just as their daughters, Lauren and Dorey did years before.

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Am Yisrael Chai – Connecting Israel to Camp 0

Am Yisrael Chai – Connecting Israel to Camp

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Israel, World Jewry, Youth & Family

On a recent congregational trip to Israel, I heard from Rabbi Gilad Kariv. Rabbi Kariv is the President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Rabbi Kariv spoke very openly on the important relationships between the Israeli and American Reform congregations. Not unfamiliar to many of us, he emphasized the importance of relational Judaism.

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The Israel Trip of a Lifetime 0

The Israel Trip of a Lifetime

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in From the Blog, Israel

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to participate in the URJ Leadership Mission to Israel.  This trip was a jam-packed, whirlwind schedule crammed into six days filled by meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Authority politicians, leaders in the Reform movement, settlers, Arab businessmen, Reform congregations, former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Natan Sharansky, Reform movement youth.

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Meeting Shimon Peres 0

Meeting Shimon Peres

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Israel, World Jewry

Upon hearing of the recent illness and subsequent death of Shimon Peres, my mind and heart has been flooded with memories of a very precious time in my life. My memories fade as I age, and I don’t recall specific details, but I do remember the feeling, the emotion, and the sensation of being in a room with Shimon Peres.

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