I downloaded "emojew" for my iPhone. It provided me with fun additional emoji's themed Jewish that I now use in daily texts. I would highly recommend this app to a friend.
I downloaded "Hebrew flash cards" for my iPhone. I recently completed a 6 month weekly Hebrew course to enhance my literacy in the language, and this is a great way to stay consistent with my training. I would recommend it to a friend
I am looking forward to attending the soonest IAC event, the National Conference in D.C. on November 4th!
I am aware of the struggle that Americans and humans in general face, but I have not been exposed to the unique situation of Israeli Americans till now. This video makes me want to meet Israeli Americans in my community (if there are any) and befriend them and learn from them. I think its important to have an organization like IAC because its a supportive group to those facing unique challenges.
I researched CyberX, an OT security company that started in Israel. It is still based in Israel, but my company provides it with its only sales team in North America. I find its cutting-edge technology and incredibly easy-to-use and user focused UI inspiring and gives a good name to Israeli tech.
The closest IAC Dor Chadash chapter to me is IAC New York
The closest IAC Mishelanu chapter to me is the Boston Chapter
I posted a picture of me using Waze because it has to be one of the most useful apps ever made. It makes me proud to inform people that it was made in Israel, and really validates the technological prowess Israel has.
I downloaded "Torah Videos by Aleph Beta". I love the app because its another tool in my arsenal to dedicate more time to studying Torah in a very convenient way so now I have no excuses (except for a dead battery). I would recommend this app to friends who want a neat way to study Torah.
I downloaded "Bedtime Shema" for my iPhone. I learned how to recite the Bedtime Shema from it. I would recommend this app to anyone who wants to learn it.
Hebrew-English Translator. It is a very rudimentary app, but serves as another way to keep fresh on my Hebrew. I would recommend this app to a friend and make a game out of it to test each other's versatility in language.
I downloaded "Smart Siddur" for my iPhone. I love this app because it allows me to stick to a new habit of reading a daily prayer, and stay fresh on my Hebrew. I would recommend it to a friend who has similar desires.
I downloaded the Shofar app for my iPhone. It was nostalgic to hear the sound and immediately brought me back to my first memory of it in my younger days. I would recommend the app to my friends because many of them have no idea what it sounds like.
I downloaded the "Kaddish Assistant" for my iPhone. Although not currently in mourning, it's such a neat way to keep form with Kaddish if mourning the loss of a loved one. everything from the built-in Yahtzheit calculator to quick tips articles is great.
I downloaded "Jonah Run" for my iPhone. It was a neat and fun way to refresh myself on the story of Yom Kippur. I would recommend this to a friend.
Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrahi and Ethiopian Jews. By Rabbi Rachel Solomin. http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sephardic-ashkenazic-mizrahi-jews-jewish-ethnic-diversity/
Two things I learned from this article:
1. Having traced my roots back to Latvia, I am most closely related to the Ashkenazic movement.
2. The Spanish and Portuguese monarchies expelled the Sephardic Jews from their lands in the 1400s.
I chose to like Our Soldiers Speak because I really enjoyed hearing about life in the military for Israelis while I was in Israel and think it will be a good way to stay updated on current events in that world.
I chose to like OneTable because I have been trying to find a good way to stay connected to my Shabbat celebrations since recently moving to a new town. I believe OneTable will help me do that!
"A Jewish Refelection on 9/11" was beautifully compiled. I hope to gain even more insight from various viewpoints on Jewish subjects, and even Jewish viewpoints on various subjects. I would recommend the app to friends because its an efficient means to expose yourself to new material with a Jewish take.
I downloaded the Library of Jewish Texts app. It is a great means to catch up on readings from the entirety of Tanach and Mishnah. I would recommend the app to friends because it sure beats carrying around all those heavy books.
I downloaded Jswipe and loved the user interface. Very easy to use. I learned it was a great way to meet fellow Jewish singles in the area. However I am accounted for until further notice, I would recommend this app to those looking for a Jewish life partner because it's the best way to initiate contact with someone when indoors all alone.
I chose to like Moishe house not only because I have a cousin who works as a director for the organization, but because I love its goal of gathering young jews to live together and make their way in the world at a very critical time in their lives.
I chose to Like Masa Israel to stay in touch with opportunities to get back to the wonderful country.
I watched The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost. I took away a more enhanced political view/opinion of Israel's unique situation. It makes sense to me that Israel resorts to certain measures due to its insecurity and uncertainty about what actions those nations surrounding it will take, given their history and impulsive statements.
I learned that there is only one Kosher deli within 10 miles of where I live. I would definitely recommend to a friend, and intend on keeping the app for my travels.
I attended a Shabbat meal this past month. My good friend and college roommate, Evan Ross, invited me to attend as a guest of his family. My experience was very fulfilling, a time where I got to focus on my own judaism and share a jewish experience with my dear friend as well as people I have never met before.
The book I read is "Jerusalem: The Biography" by Simon Sebag Montefiore. I learned that Jerusalem has a history that covers so much more than just the Jewish and Muslim religious struggles over the city. The book didn't so much change my outlook on Israel as it did reaffirm that it is just another place on this beautiful planet of ours that we must learn to share peacefully.
I spoke to Naftali regarding Olami programs and trips. I learned that Olami helps connect young jewish students to their heritage by providing trips as well as organized gatherings. the program that interested me the most was internship programs in Israel for young jews.
This article hit close to home, as the first ever Israeli-born athlete to earn a college sports scholarship in the USA is going to Stonehill College in Massachusetts. I can relate to Yaniv, as I love to walk around places barefoot.
I thought it would be a nice change of pace to read an article about Israel that wasn't politically charged. it was interesting learning about the 20 year old wakeboarder who won a bronze medal after only being in the sport for 4 months.
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Bring Israel Home is the best. Love staying up To date on new ways to earn points!
Hamas: by the numbers. http://www.standwithus.com/video/?tags=hamas
found via StandwithUS.
I chose this subject because I wanted to learn more about Hamas and their influence in Gaza. I'm a big numbers guy, really helps me to understand the gravity of situations, and this video certainly helped me to understand how messed up Hamas' approach to peace is. That won't ever work, I hope they realize that sooner than later.
Apollonia National Park. http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/just-15-kilometres-north-of-tel-aviv-a-beautiful-secret-very-few-people-know-about/. found the video via BIH website.
I chose this subject because I want to see places in Israel I didn't have the chance to visit during my 10 day trip. I learned that this hidden gem lies less than 10 miles from Tel Aviv, and has ruins from a 13th century crusader town.
Israel Apartheid Week Part 1 what to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjFB2Z4YId4. resource: BIH website.
I chose this subject because although I never witnessed Israel Apartheid Week at my small college campus or even heard about it before now, I wanted to erase my ignorance on the subject. I enjoyed the video and love that it exists, as it gives suggestions on how to peacefully combat the lies and hate-speech surrounding this stupid week.
Terror in School. http://www.aish.com/v/is/Terror-in-School.html
Link from Hasbara Fellowships website.
I chose this particular subject to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was an extremely simplified illustration of the conflict, purposely so, but it proved to be a decent example shown in a different setting.
It takes Two: Peace in the Middle East. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzUBi0EVbys
Found the video via Hasbara Fellowships website.
I chose this subject because I want to better educate myself and have better conversations on the subject of peace in the Middle East. I learned that, while the video was satirical in nature, what Palestine requires in its "peace" terms is not very peaceful at all. It influenced my view on Israel by seeing Israel cannot accept a half-assed peace proposal.
From this video, I furthered my understanding that Israel is a booming country, with an economy on the rise in large part thanks to those who have made Aliyah. There seem to be so many reasons for doing so, and I enjoy learning about every one of them, from furthering education to pursuing a new career path.
I LOVE EARTH! One of the most fascinating things I found about Israel was seeing all the agriculture. I thought this was the desert, why is there so much growth!? The Jewish National Fund provides a great way to connect with Israel by restoring earth's tree source, just like Israelis have tilled the soil of their great country.
I chose to like JerusalemU because it provides another channel to gain knowledge and information on Israel and Judaism. With Israel feeling like a world away, its important to have a selection of outlets to stay connected virtually.
I chose to like Hasbara fellowships page because I believe in their message; They empower pro-Israel supporters with facts and experiences. Hasbara provides an outlet to gain credibility when supporting Israel in every day conversation.
Hasbara Fellowships: An Inside Look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HssyhBHcXuE&feature=plcp
Resource used to find video: link from BIH to Hasbara Fellowships videos.
I chose this particular subject because it was the very first video available, in all honesty. I went to a small college and never encountered any anti-israel movements, but have heard of them from friends who went to larger universities who witnessed these organizations and were even approached to sign petitions. Sam Strasser makes a good point in the video, saying you can’t fight these movements based on emotion alone, you will always lose that way. You need to be armed with facts, and objective statements. As far as influencing my view on Israel goes, I love that there’s an organization like Hasbara that is helping to educate Israel advocates to battle the hate that these anti-israel movements can spread.
As I watched the fireworks this past weekend celebrating US independence, I found myself comparing Israeli independence to that which I have grown up celebrating for the last 2 decades. Nobody alive today witnessed first-hand the signing of the declaration of independence. Yet so many living people not only are still around who were outside Independence hall on May 14, 1948, but they may also have fought in the several wars since to uphold all the beliefs and ideas celebrated that day. I have never fought a war. I don’t have any friends who served in our military in the US. However this is an every day part of life for Israelis today. To commemorate this moment in history, I have marked my calendar to remind me every year of this special day, and to have a moment of reflection over the fact that I live in a country celebrating our 241st birthday, while my friends in Israel celebrate their 69th birthday. Let neither of us take these independence days for granted.
Great article about the US acknowledging and making use of Israel's home-grown cyber-defense systems. Excited to see more of this.
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At The Maimonides Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers with a choice of over 100 locations nationwide. The program meets 1x a week for 10 weeks and includes an exciting Shabbaton Weekend Retreat. The weekly meetings include FREE food, along with dynamic discussion on HOT topics relating to Israel and Judaism. Upon completion, Fellowship participants typically receive $300-$500 CASH or a FREE/Highly subsidized trip!
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