I enjoyed the Shabbat dinner at the Jewish Federation of Collier County. It was nice to be able to meet with some local professionals at the event - I think it was a better networking opportunity than it was a Shabbat dinner. I'd do it again.
FORMER MOSSAD OFFICIALS: WOMEN AT TOP OF SPY AGENCY IS POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT
It is good to know that even in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field (like anything related to the defense/intelligence industries) has been opened to women. Israel has always been at the forefront of this trend, but it seems likely that the Mossad would be the last place to open up to women.
I'd be interested to hear from Dan Ariely, as I'm extremely interested in behavioral economics (which was part of my Finance degree in college). I'd hope to gain a greater understanding of the dynamics behind the Israeli-American relationship.
Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus
I learned that there is an organized anti-Israel movement on U.S. college campuses. I never saw this in my own college life (although I did meet a lot of people who were fundamentally anti-Israel with no real reasoning behind their beliefs). I think the film taught me that there is a lot of passive anti-semitism out there - people are anti-Israel for no discernable reason.
Israel is a young and dynamic society - this has allowed it to create the largest cluster of startups in the world, the second-largest high-tech industry in the world, and a modern economy. I think there is no place in the world that can match the cultural energy that you find in Israel.
I interviewed a co-worker who was born in Israel and immigrated to the United States as a child in the 1960s. Her father fought during WWII in the Romanian resistance - later, he immigrated to Israel, where he fought again during the War of Independence. He married an American and had a child (my coworker) before moving to the United States to attend dental school. She has been back a number of times and considers herself to be ethnically Israeli.
I attended the Friday evening service at Chabad Naples Jewish Center. Overall, the synagogue was too religious for me - as someone with a Reform background, the traditionalism was interesting, but not something I want to repeat. The people were friendly, however.
I attended my own family's Rosh Hashanah meal. We did it slightly more American-style (since my brother and I were the only Jews in attendance - my mom is a Methodist, which makes these things interesting). We said all of the prayers in English for her benefit, and it was extremely nice that she chose to participate with us.
I watched Fiddler on the Roof, the 1971 musical comedy about Jewish families living in Eastern Europe. I thought it was interesting because of its absurdity - it satirized the strange traditions and unusual circumstances that Russian Jews, like my own family, spent decades living in.
I visited the Holocaust Museum of Naples, Florida. It's a small facility that mostly holds artifacts and testimonials from local Holocaust survivors - the tour of the museum was led by a volunteer who is among the last Auschwitz survivors in Southwest Florida. I thought it was interesting to hear the story of someone who lives in my area - it was interesting to see that we have such a large (although rapidly shrinking) local community of Holocaust survivors, many of whom became extremely successful after the war and were able to fund the local museum.
Downloaded the app. I'm not going on any dates any time soon, but I did post some awesome pictures from my most recent Birthright reunion that create the illusion of an interesting life with lots of friends and exciting vacations.
Met up with a group of 14 people from my Birthright trip for a Labor Day weekend trip to Atlantic City, NJ.
Video discussing my experience in Israel. Birthright was the first time that I had any connection with other Jewish people, and it has inspired me to be more active in my faith.
I feel like it is important to be comfortable in your own skin. It's something I've always struggled with, but hopefully I will be able to do better.
Israel exploded from a poor backwater refuge for people that no other country wanted into a modern power - it's a testament to the resilience of the Jewish people in the face of adversity.
Way #1: Be Aware of Every M
Rabbi Noah Weinberg
I need to seize the moment, avoid overthinking, and just do.
I interviewed my father - somewhat of a lapsed Jew. He discussed his faith growing up, and how a busy post-high school life in an area with essentially no Jewish population led to him giving up the religion. I've more or less done the same thing, and it's sobering.
I think this video is a lesson in humility, which the Jewish religion teaches well. I think it humbled me a little bit to see such a successful star stay true to herself and avoid the pitfalls of Hollywood's decadent lifestyle.
I'm a member of Temple Shalom in Naples, FL. My family previously went there - I stopped going years ago, but Birthright inspired me to begin again. It's familiar and easy.
I attended a ceremony at Temple Shalom in Naples, FL. It was a reform ceremony that was mostly in English, and I got to see a few people who remembered who I was from years ago when I used to go there. I'd go back, since it's a pretty liberal synagogue that I'm familiar with.
I hosted a Shabbat meal for my family. We served challah, gefilte fish, chicken soup, Israeli salad, and my own roast beef. It was a great meal with my family - something we never really do anymore. I'd absolutely do it again.
Media bias is important - both for and against Israel. We live in a bubble where we cannot see what is actually going on inside the country - as such, the media is the only lens that we have to look for. Whatever the media says is what we have to believe.
I think that it's important as an American to advocate for Israel - we are the country's biggest advocate, and thus our support is critical to the country's success.
My most meaningful moment was the moment of reflection in the desert - it was such a quiet and peaceful spot, and I've never been prompted to sit and reflect inwardly. It was refreshing.
My Hebrew name is Yonatan. It's a pretty good representation of my English name, Jonathan, and that makes it convenient.
I really enjoyed Shabbat, and I'll try to make a habit of participating in the future
Yom Yerushalayim was the beginning of the modern Israeli state - finally, Jerusalem was united and Israel was whole. I celebrated it at the Western Wall on Shabbat.
This video truly encapsulated the causes of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is the culmination of two generations of violent conflict with no discernable end - and that's a sobering thought.
Moving story of a woman who was liberated and managed to make a life afterward - it has always amazed me that people who lost their entire families were able to move on.
Israeli security forces removed security measures posted at the Dome of the Rock after two Israeli police officers were shot by a worshipper. This was done in order to ease tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli government - thus preventing a third Intifada.
Read it out of curiosity - it's a very dry book, but comprehensive in its coverage of actual Jewish history from the time of Abraham to the present. I enjoyed it - but I would never read the entire thing again. It's better as a textbook than as a pleasure read.
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