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Lir Blog – March 1, 2019

This week was very unique. It started off on Friday when I had my Dvar Israel at United Hebrew. We talked about Israel’s politics and the upcoming elections. I had so much fun talking to everyone at the end of it and getting to know even more people! On Sunday school at UH, all of…

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…

Israel Legislative Mission Log: Day 4

Above: Dinner with MK Yoel Hasson (Deputy Speaker of Knesset) Day 4: Nazareth and Jerusalem   Today was dedicated to discussions around national security and domestic issues facing Israelis. In the morning we had an opportunity to receive a security briefing from an expert in national defense and retired Lt. Colonel in the IDF (pictured…

Teen trip to Israel planned for next summer

Israel Bound is a three-week summer Israel experience for St. Louis teens in 10th-12th grade. The trip will take place June 3-26, 2019, with the group traveling throughout the country while exploring Israel’s rich history, culture and natural beauty. Time is spent with teens from Yokneam-Megiddo. The teens will participate in several community service projects…