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Host a Speaker for Israel

I was up in Boston and went to a BIPAC event at Brandeis University in April to hear Sharren Haskel, a member of the Israeli parliament, give a speech on zionism, feminism, and cannabis. I think this speaker was chosen because she was delivering a speech most of the students could relate to/learn something from. About 50-75 showed up for the event! I think the reason why I was most interested in going to the event, was to hear what it was like for her to be a Jewish feminist. Something I took away is that Judaism isn't an all or nothing religion. That any female can still consider themselves to be a feminist and also love jewish laws and values. I only have the picture of the Facebook invitation to her event at Brandeis.

Deborah Strauss

Israel Recharge '17

Reflections on Judaism

Back when I was in day school, I used to say some davening prayers in the morning before class started. Every morning after the school's prayer service ended, I remember saying "The Thirteen Principles of Faith" to myself. Im honestly not sure if I was even allowed to be saying these principles, but one day I randomly flipped to the page and said to myself I was going to repeat these principles everyday after the main service ended in school. It became a tradition for me at that time. I've always loved these principles for some odd reason, but haven't read them in years. I can definitely see myself re-reading them or incorporating them again into my mornings at some point in the future!

Deborah Strauss

Israel Recharge '17

Attend a Prayer Service

I recently went to the Chabad in Washington heights! Ive lived nearby for many years, but have never been to their services before. It was fun experiencing Chabad in the heights, learning more about what Chabad does in general, and meeting other jewish people. Definitely a welcoming environment! Will be going back and bringing friends with me next time!

Deborah Strauss

Israel Recharge '17

Introduce Yourself

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Deborah Strauss

Israel Recharge '17

Tzedakah

I donated to birthright on 4/29/17

Scarlett Kaufman

Israel Recharge '17

Tzedakah

I donated to the organization Yad Eliezer which helps aid poverty and to children who need food or healthcare. I chose this because I know how lucky and grateful I should be to have the life, opportunities and most I have so anyone who doesn't have those things I believe is entitled to them and I'd like to help those people specifically.

Scarlett Kaufman

Israel Recharge '17

Reflect back on your Birthright Trip

There were so many beautiful places in israel it's so hard to choose! I would have so say Tsfat. I felt so connected to the energy of the city. Something about it seemed very holy and untouched and seems to have stayed frozen in time. The stones, little ally ways, small shops, orthodox community is just very interesting to me. Its also just a beautiful place. One of the most inspiring moments on my trip was when the Maccabi team won for the first time in a very long time and Rabin square turned into a hundreds of men and women singing and dancing together. Was a once in a lifetime experience to be apart of that. I think it's important to go on birthright because of how much closer you feel to the people, culture, history, and the land as a whole. I know for me I started really wanting to advocate for Israel along with realizing how apart of I felt there, and feeling like it was a home away from home. Its so important for young jewish people to know the history and stay educated on what's happened and whats going on right now and what they can do to be apart of and be one with the Jewish people. Also getting to make new friendships and having this amazing trip with a group of people who some of which you'll keep in touch with and just have this cool bond through this trip as well!

Scarlett Kaufman

Israel Recharge '17

Attend a Prayer Service

I went to 2 synagogues (chabad and hillel) over the jewish holidays these past few months! One of them was in Washington Heights and the other one was actually up in Boston (Brandeis University Hillel). I had a really good time at both of these places and would definitely go back during other holidays!

Deborah Strauss

Israel Recharge '17