I watched https://www.facebook.com/jewinthecity/videos/10155767687479593/ , Jew In The City. This video talked about what Jew in the City is and I found it inspiring. This is a social media campaign/company that has a goal of informing the public about what orthodox Jews are like. The also created a program to help others find orthodox communities that fit them. I think this is an amazing thing because many people do not know what being orthodox means. This video has affected my Jewish perspective by informing even me on what it truly means to be orthodox.
I could not find where to post this but I am a part of The David Project where our main goal is to advocate for Israel. We meet up with different religious organizations on campus and discuss Israel and build relationships. We plan events for both of our members to attend. It is a great way to form connections and educate others about Israel.
I researched the Israeli company WAZE. I was interested in the app because it was created in the town I stayed after my Birthright trip. My family lives in Ra'anana which is where WAZE was created. It started to build in popularity and moved to the US soon after its invention. It was bought by Google for more than $1 billion. To see how far this company has gone shows just how much talent there is in Israel.
When on Birthright we were not able to go to Yad Vashem because of Trumps presence in Israel. However, I extended my trip and stayed an extra 2 weeks. During this time, I was able to go to Yad Vashem. This museum was extremely moving. The way it was set up was very interesting. I liked how you had to weave through the story of the Holocaust. My favorite and most moving part of the museum was the children's memorial. Walking in I felt such a sense of overwhelming emotion. This opened my eyes to my Jewish heritage and really showed me more information about the Holocaust that I never know before.
Over the summer I visited my Aunt in Boston and we spent a long time walking back and forth though the New England Holocaust Memorial. I later found out that this memorial was vandalized not too long ago. For someone to deface a memorial like that is terrible. It was incredible to see all the names listed and actual quotes engraved in stone. Learning about different Holocaust survivor stories was moving.
My entire Birthright experience was meaningful. However, if I have to choose one moment, I would choose the night we spent in the desert. When it got dark out we walked out into the desert with no lights, we were told our eyes will adjust to the darkness, and we had to be completely silent. Once farther out we were allowed to walk out on our own and just keep to ourselves. It was a time of true self reflection. This moment changed me and many others on my bus. It is extremely important for Jews to go on Birthright because it is a once in a lifetime experience. You truly find yourself and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
Thinking back on my birthright experience I remember hiking Masada. This experience was terrifying for me. Hiking down it was so steep my legs were shaking. However, once we finished, I felt such a sense of accomplishment. I will never forget that feeling.
I made Challah over Thanksgiving break with my family. Although I have never made Challah before, my mother and grandmother have. The recipe is one that has been passed down in their family. My favorite part was braiding the dough! It was a lot of fun and a great bonding experience.
I spoke with my Rabbi at home, Rabbi Schusterman. I decided to ask him about the different Jewish holidays and how he and his family celebrates them. Most of his answers included going to services/hosting services almost all day and then having family prayer sessions and family dinners. It was interesting to learn about how a Rabbi celebrates Jewish holidays compared to me.
I decided to watch a podcast about "Why Do People Hate the Jews." I heard of somebody else watching this and was at first skeptical of it but decided to watch it anyways. I was surprised at how much clarity it brought me. There is a ton of hatred in the world for no solid reason but this podcast allowed me to learn the history of the hatred toward the Jews. I would like to listen to this presentor again on a different topic though.
I chose to watch What are the Major Denominations in Judaism. I know that there are many types of practicing Jews. I have tried to explain it to my friends who are not Jewish and this podcast clarified it or me. I feel like it will be easier for me to talk to others about the different types of practicing Jews now.
I watched "Schindler's List." I decided to watch this because I have heard many things about it. Having family we were both killed and escaped from the holocaust, this movie hit home for me. It showed me how important it is to help others when they are in danger. By sacrificing your own safety to save thousands of others, you are doing more than just helping out. You are saving lives. This changed my Jewish identity by making me feel closer and much more thankful to those who helped save Jews from concentration camps. I would definitely recommend this movie to others.
Another movie I watched was "Fiddler on the Roof." My father loves this move and always raves about it. My family has always wanted me to date someone who is Jewish. Although they do not set me up like in the movie it is similar. This movie showed me how important religious values are to others when choosing a life partner. This changed my Jewish identity by opening my eyes to how important religion is to others partners.
I chose to watch "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." This movie showed me how even judgmental adults cannot stop friendships of young boys. Unlikely friendships occur all the time and it shows how innocent the young could be. This film did not change my Jewish Identity too much. It did make me feel closer to my Jewish heritage though. I would recommend this to a friend.
creating more green life around the world is the best way to help it. By connecting young adults to Israel through this organizations, people are not only saving the world but also building lifelong friendships.
Bringing young Jews together through different group events is a great way for connections to occur. I think it is an excellent way to bring the Jewish community together.
I would LOVE to go back to Israel to volunteer or after I graduate. This organization seems like it would be able to do so. I will definitely use this in the future.
After traveling to Israel, anyway I could go back would be amazing. This organizations allows that. It is very important to educate others, especially college students, about Israel and what better way to do so than by physically going there!
I always love learning more about the IDF and about Israel in general. This organization does a great job with informing others of the events going on that are important to the IDF.
Spending Shabbat with people is a very important thing to do. This organization allows people to do that and that is a very rare thing. People are so giving and for them to open their doors to others on Shabbat shows how inviting they are.
I decided to like this page because I believe that it is important to connect young Jews to their religion and Israel. Facebook is an excellent way to connect people togehter and I thing this organization is doing a great job doing so.
I posted a picture of my twitter profile picture with the star of David on it.
Not a reunion but as part of greek team at hillel we hosted a Shabbrunch! There was great food and many people from different fraternities and sororities attended.
Iwent to the Hillel Rosh Hashanah meal and it was so nice celebrating the new year with familiar faces!
Hillel hosted another Kosher primantis today and it was delicious! The food was great and the company was even better.
I downloaded this app and found out that Dunkin Donuts is actually Kosher! I had no idea. I love how accessible this app is and how it connects to your location. I would recommend this to a friend because it is very easy to use.
I downloaded this app and watched a video about how to prepare for Rosh Hashanah! It was very informative especially because it is tonight. I hope to use this more in the future.I would recommend this to friends for sure. It is a great way to learn about the jewish culture.
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I donated because I think it is extremely important to help those who have suffered from Hurricane Harvey because they were completely helpless. Most people have lost everything, some even their lives. These individuals did not deserve this destruction to completely uproot their lives. They need all the help they can get.
I interviewed my grandma. She tole me that her mother, my great grandmother, Pearl, whom I am named after, lived in Czechoslovakia. She met my great grandfather, Ben, and they went off to Europe to get married. Around the same time they left, war broke out in Czechoslovakia. Pearl and Ben were lucky they escaped the time they did and catch a boat to America after getting married in Europe. When all the Germans took over the towns in Czechoslovakia, they started their killing spree. If Pearl and Ben did not leave the time they did, they might not have survived. Pearls two sisters, step-father, mother, and rest of her family were murdered. Ben had 5 brothers and 1 sister. Three of his brothers and his one sister were able to escape and make it to America. However, his other two brothers and parents were killed as well. After a few years of Czechoslovakia being under the Nazis rule, Pearls’ niece, Malca Jacobawitz, was able to escape. She fled to Paris where she saved enough money to go to Israel. She lived in Israel until she was able to get in touch with Pearl. Then, Pearl was able to send Malca enough money for her to take a boat to America. This has taught me about how strong my family is in their escape.
Was able to meet up with a few people from my trip and catch up on some school work!
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At Hillel BBQ!
A bunch of us got together and met a snake!!! so much fun
A few of us met up at my apartment and caught up with each other!
Went to shabbat dinner this past friday at the hillel near me! So much fun
Went to hillel shabbat the other week
The Hookah lounge was a blast!
It was great seeing most of the people from my bus again here in Pittsburgh!
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