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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…

The Israeli Nation-State Law

On July 19, the Israeli Nation-State bill passed as a basic law in Israel. The law establishes constitutional-level protections for the Jewish people and its culture in Israel. Overall, the law is less damaging to principles of democracy than earlier proposed versions would have been. Some of its effects are more symbolic than material. However,…