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Posts Tagged ‘Birthright’

Emily Stillman

Jewish@edu- When I Say I’m From Here

Emily Stillman Special to the Jewish News PHOTOS BY: John Hardwick Federation’s JOIN Intern Emily Stillman reflects on her eye-opening internship with a renewed appreciation of home. Like many college students’ thoughts, summer break crossed my mind as I trudged through the snowy sidewalks of Ann Arbor last winter. In the depths of December, I…

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Machane Yehuda Market

Fight Or Flight – Machane Yehuda

When our bodies enter a state of stress, we go into “fight or flight” mode. All our energy and resources move out toward the surface, ready to deal with any dangers that come our way. When this happens continuously, over time, it comes at the expense of a healthily functioning parasympathetic nervous system — or…

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The Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel to show IfNotNow and a lack of proactive approach

Guest Column: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

What IfNotNow appears to not understand as an organization, and as individuals, is that effective problem-solving results from a proactive approach rather than a reactive one. If you’re a member of IfNotNow and you’re reading this, your jaw may have just dropped. How dare he say that? Our protests and demonstrations make a huge difference…

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Is Feeling Jewish The Same As Being Jewish?

I feel Jewish, so I am Jewish On my Birthright trip last month, we had to do an activity where we agreed or disagreed on various statements. One such statement was the following: “I feel Jewish, so I am Jewish.” As an introvert in a group full of outgoing personalities, I didn’t feel comfortable defending…

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Jerusalem, Israel

7 Things to Know Before Going On Birthright

As you may or may not recall from one of my previous blogs, I recently went on Birthright, a free trip to Israel for Jewish adults and young adults who meet the requirements. On my travels, I picked up on some things that I would have liked to have known before going on this trip.…

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Parshat Pinchas on our inheritance of Israel

Weekly Torah Portion – The Blessings Of Birthright

Parshat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1; Jeremiah 1:1-2:3. No matter how far a Jew may wander, each of us remains deeply connected to the Land of Israel. Geography notwithstanding, the Jew is in Israel and Israel is within the Jew. What ties us so deeply to the Holy Land? In Parshat Pinchas, we read of three factors…

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Stefani Chudnow hides behind an Israeli flag on a trip to Israel.

A College Grad’s Perspective On Birthright

If you’re Jewish or you’re heavily involved in the Jewish community, you probably know about this little thing called Birthright. Birthright is a free 10-day trip to Israel for anyone who’s Jewish between the ages of 18 and 32 who hasn’t been to Israel on an educational trip since turning 18 (with some restrictions). Birthright…

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At night around the camp fire, staff and campers check in and discuss weekly goals.

Wilderness Therapy

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Photos courtesy of BaMidbar Wildnerness Therapy Detroiter helps shape Colorado camp for young Jews struggling with mental health issues. Growing up in a Lubavitch home in Oak Park that was open to all Jews but closed to secular values, Hindy Finman reached adolescence in a happy bubble.…

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