Yehuda

Meet Yehuda: There is nobody more ‘Asli’ (genuinely) Tel Avivian than me. I was born on Shabazi Street in Neve Tzedek. I will never leave this neighborhood. My roots are too deep to uproot. My soul will always be entwined with this place. For better or for worse until death do us part.

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Louise

Meet Louise: Speaking different languages is the most essential skill you can acquire in life. It’s the key that will open every door. If you really want to communicate with the world, you have to speak its language, and that is the reason why I speak 17 of them. I think Arabic should be a mandatory language in the Israeli education system, and Hebrew in the Palestinian one. So many wars start because of miscommunication, so we should all do ourselves a favor and learn a new language. It might save our lives’.

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Rafi

Meet Rafi: I was born to an Ultra-orthodox family and I’m the oldest of 11 brothers and sisters. At the age of 14, I came back home with an earring and colored hair which caused my mother to faint. In about a week I rented my own place and never looked back.

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Dror

Meet Dror: I am a religious Jew, I am Gay, and I am proud of them both. I volunteer in a group helping young guys like me in trying to find the right path for them. We are all God’s children.

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Manny & Yarit

Meet Manny and Yarit: When I gave Manny my phone number, I didn’t think anything would come of it. My family is slightly religious (Masoretim) so the issue wasn’t the color but rather the fact that Manny is not Jewish. Love can triumph over everything.

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Miriam

Meet Miriam: If we go out to meet the diversity, the others, we will know, we will feel, we will see the painful and happy eyes, and even if there is an abyss between us, we can build bridges over them… If you miss one piece of the puzzle, the picture will not be complete, so I will not give up any part of my people.

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Shmulik

Meet SHMULIK:
I am not your typical Ultra-Orthodox Jew. Nine years ago, friends took me to Uman (a pilgrimage site for Breslov Hasidim Jews), where I discovered the teaching of Rabi Nachman. It was like an awakening for me and I became a Breslov. Faith comes from the inside out. I’m your modern hipster Jew.

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Hello everyone! Every week I’m teaching my students about a different part of the Israel Trail. This week we were talking about Ramon’s crater, and one of the most touristy places there, the colored sand. Where basically colored layers of rocks were created when the mountain was broken down. Therefore, we were making colored sand…

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Chanukiah Lighting in Manof

Growing up in America, I played dreidel and learned that a great miracle happened there, far away in the Land of Israel. Today, my children are growing up in the modern State of Israel, where the miracle of Chanukah happened so many years ago and where they can sing with pride and joy that a…

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Monday So our week started with two visitors from Columbus! We will let you know that they are planning to do something a little similar to what we are doing here in Pittsburgh. 😉 We had a wonderful time showing them around CDS, which is our main line of work for this year. After that…

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Yom Haaztmaut at JCC

What a Yom Ha’azmaut! Today we celebrated the Israeli independence day! We started our day at Community Day School (CDS) singing and dancing with Israeli songs outside. Following the dancing, all of the school went inside to see the amazing Carnival that we’ve made for this special day! There was Israeli dancing, Israeli trivia, Israeli games…

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Shinshinim - Diller

Oneg Shabbat, Tikkun Olam, Diller Teen Fellows and Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations Wow, what a couple of special weeks we’ve had!  Starting with a trivia game for the Oneg Shabbat at the Jewish Federation (a meeting held about the Jewish programming around the community) on a Friday afternoon that sent us to Shabbat with a smile, and…

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