I had just turned 13 when I had my Bar Mitzvah. I talked about helping out others in the world specifically the homeless people. Yes, I read from the torah. My Parsha was Naso and the reading starts with a continuation of the Levite census and a discussion regarding their Tabernacle duties. The laws of the sotah woman and the Nazirite follow. The portion concludes with the Priestly Blessing and the offerings which the Tribal leaders brought in honor of the Tabernacle inauguration. Reflecting back I feel that this was a great experience and memorable part of my life. It was a great milestone and I was supported by my close family and friends.
I put tefillin on at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Fortunately, the rabbi was able to assist since it was my first time. Putting on tefillin makes me feel spiritual as I wear versus from the torah. Truly a great experience.
The Hebrew name that was given to is Yarden. It was given to be at the time that I started Hebrew school at the age of 8. I choose this name because it was the Hebrew version of my english name Jordan.
My partners name is Sha'ul G. Session was 9/12/17. During our study session we discussed about what happens when Rabbi's disagree and Jewish perspective of arguments. The Torah meaning "instructions" in Hebrew isn't explained in depth which leaves a lot of text to one's interpretation. I learned that Rabbis don't always agree with one another. The two leading sages Hillel and Shammai found two opposing views of Jewish thought. The majority of Jews were in Hillel. The highly intelligent were in Shammai. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to choose the topic since there was an outline but this sparked my interest since I learned something similar about this topic in hebrew school.
I attended a shabbat service the other week. I met up with some old friends from Hebrew school. It felt great to catch up over a shabbat diner. Everyone brought t a dish they made. We had skirt steak with salad and vegetables. My favorite part was the steak. I would definitely do this again.
During session 3 of Partners in Torah we learned about the benefits of telling the truth and weighing the cost for certain scenarios. One thing that I learned, which we don't see happening much in todays world is to encourage other people to tell the truth. There are many times one will lie or change stories without putting much thought on the costs or consequences. This is important to me because I am always striving to become a better person.
I attended a Rosh Hashanah meal at my grandmas house this year. The experience was great because we had to eat delicious food and see family that we haven't seen in a while.My favorite part would have to be eating on some apples and honey!
I read Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer which talks about Israel's Economy. Being a Finance major I'm fascinated by Israel's rapid economic growth. I learned that Israel now has more high-tech start-ups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country in the world. This book change my outlook on how advanced the country is.
My roommate in College is from Israel and came to American when he was 11 years old. The toughest challenge was trying to express himself in english to other people. He mentioned that along the way American made the transition easier because he shared a lot of common interests with students he met along the way. I learned that its not easy making the transition over to America for some people. My roommate was fortunate enough to have came at a young age.
I decided to volunteer to give back to stay involved and give back to the community. I decided to volunteer for Jewish congregation BJBE. I was responsible for providing resources and providing care for adults with chronic conditions as well as coordinating Life Transition Education Programs. Attached is the picture of our group that assisted. I would definitely volunteer for this organization and I'm currently looking at different volunteer opportunities.
It was great seeing some of the fellow participants. We had our mini reunion in Atlantic City, New Jersey and had a blast. Some topics we discussed is our birthright trip, holding future shabbat services, and Bring Israel Home activities.
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I recently became a member to B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim. My previous synagogue relocated and my friends referred me to this one. I liked that this synagogue because it has a young and modern feel to it so I'm able to meet people around my age.
I didn't realize the struggle Israeli Americans face but it doesn't come as a surprise. I think it's tough to come to a new country and to adjust. I think its important to have an Israeli American Council for guidance and to strengthen the bond between people of the United States and the state of Israel.
I attended a prayer service almost three weeks ago in Iowa City. The synagogue is call the Hillel house and is more conservative. I would definitely go back for another service because the synagogue was very welcoming and interesting to see a different style of praying.
I completed my first Partners in Torah Session with my Trainer, Sha'ul, last week. I learned about Jewish perspective of argument. Mainly surrounding the question on what happens when rabbi's disagree? An insight that I gained is that the Torah isn't clear cut which causes different interpretations from people. This can easily apply to my personal life because on any new issues or topics that I learned its important to not think narrow minded and look at different perspectives.
I hosted a Shabbat meal last week at my house. I invited my immediate family and some close friends from my synagogue. I served chicken parmesan, salad, pita and humas. It felt different yet exciting hosting shabbat because my grandmother usually host but I definitely be hosting more in the future. The most enjoyable part of the meal would have to be eating the delicious food that we all cooked.
My synagogue, BJBE, hosted shabbat service and a Shabbat meal this past Friday night. I heard about it through email since I'm apart of the congregation. The experience is lively because you are interacting and making conversation with new people.
I read an interesting article about funding going towards those on the autistic spectrum.
About $845k was funded from the Israel Innovation Authority for the development of technological solutions for populations with special needs. Considering that Israel is one of the most funded country it's great to see certain areas like this advancing.
I spoke with Danielle from Partners in Torah and actually found a mentor shortly after. I learned that partners in Torah provide Jewish learning over the phone or in person with your own personal trainer. The interview was a positive experience and I look forward to my next session.
The app is very intuitive and keeps the user wanting to learn more. I would definitely recommend to a friends who wants to learn Hebrew.
I donated to the Birthright Israel Foundation. I had such a wonderful time and an awesome experience. The least I could do is pay it forward so someone else can enjoy it.
I've learned that there are so many Jewish people around my area. I'm hoping to make new friends through the app. I would definitely recommend to a friend because if offers opportunity to meet to people.
I spoke with Amanda from Masa Israel who was very helpful. I gained information about to purpose of Masa Israel. I learned that Masa offers a lot of help and guidance for those seeking to advance their career in Israel. I'm looking to follow up as I'm seeking in internship in the near future.
I attended Shabbat service last night at B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim. I would definitely go back for another shabbat service because it a great opportunity to connect spiritually with Judaism and also meet new people.
During my Birthright trip last week our group was able to visit the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem. The entire experience was moving and I've learned how resilient the Jewish people are. After visiting the museum I've come to appreciate my Jewish Identity on a deeper level.
Watching this video I learned about the wide variety of opportunities that Israel offers. Aliyah & life in Israel guides you on a path to success on all different levels.
The Title of this film is Watch Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus. I learned a lot from watching this film. The main thing I learned was the rise of anti-semitic movement throughout college campuses. I recently just graduated from college and by no means was I exposed to any anti-semitic movements. This clip definitely opened up my eyes and its crucial that people are aware of the conflicts. As a young Jew I stand by promoting peace and accepting other religions and beliefs. There are many people today who are far more opinionated than educated and I strive to learn everyday.
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