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Interest: Israel Trips

Hear for Good Travels to Israel

For our 14th episode of our podcast, Hear for Good went to Israel, specifically to our sister cities of Yokneam and Megiddo. Mindee Fredman, Federation’s Vice President of Community Impact, traveled to the region recently and she interviewed two community leaders who are helping run programs Federation invests in there, particularly the Ethiopian Jewish community.

JWRP Trip to Israel Blog

Written by Cindy Liebson It will be almost impossible to describe this trip to Israel, as our tour guide explains on the bus ride to our hotel tonight. We started the day with a walking tour of beautiful Tel Aviv- a city that embodies in its name and its character the ancient and ultra-modern. This…

JWRP Trip to Israel: Jerusalem

Written by Lisa Gottlieb Cytron The women of St. Louis and the rest of the 184 Momentum participants hit the ground running and enjoyed a wonderful tour of Old City Jerusalem. The mix of ancient, holy buildings intermingled with pizza parlors, barber shops, and residences was fascinating. We ended our tour on the rooftop of…

The Interfaith Mission

Alex Sommer and Tommy Taylor participated in Federation’s Interfaith Mission to Israel in May. In this episode of the podcast, they talk with Federation’s Senior Director for Community Engagement Karen Sher about the trip, the challenges of being in interfaith marriages, and how going on the trip allowed Tommy to help the Blues win the…

Israel & Overseas Committee Visit – Day 2

Our day began after sunrise with a great Israeli breakfast at Kibbitz Dalia in the Meggido region. We started off with a briefing on the goals, objectives, successes, and challenges from Yok’naem Mayor Alfasi and his team. There is excitement and progress around improving the lives of Ethiopian families in the area, helping create empowering…

Israel & Overseas Committee Visit – Day 1

Today, the Israel and Overseas Committee began our annual meeting in Israel to ensure that our funding is used with maximal impact and effectiveness. This is our largest group to go to Israel in a while and includes eight volunteers and four staff. Our Board of Directors chair-elect is here, Greg Yawitz. The morning started with…

Israel Legislative Mission Log: Day 6

Above: Outside our hosts’ home in the Old City to light the Chanukah candles. Day 6: Jerusalem   We started our last day of the official trip with a visit to Yad Vashem, the world’s leading center of learning on the Holocaust and intolerance. Yad Vashem (pictured right) is also a memorial honoring and remembering both…

Israel Legislative Mission Log: Day 5

Day 5: Ramallah and Jerusalem   Today we were greeted by chilly weather and constant rain, but in spite of this we carried on with an ambitious agenda. Our first stop was across the check point into the West Bank where our guide, a Palestinian-American journalist for the New York Times, provided context on the issues…