The Student Lounge and Coffee Bar, and The Living Room - Spaces for relaxing and informal meetings. Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Sharona worked as the Ben Gurion Museum before coming to Penn, so she had a lot of knowledge to share! That would be a surprise, since launching anything from Gaza seems to draw Israeli attacks. As a result, absent a painful external shock that would alter the balance between the state and the forces subverting under its authority, the state will remain hostage to its tiger. Inside Steinhardt Hall, under the banner of Hillel, there are over 40 different student communities and initiatives who create over 300 events per month.
I am really looking forward to working my amazing co-president, the outstanding staff, and all the students involved in Hillel to better the Jewish community! Registration is a bit of a numbers game because we cannot predict how many students will register; however, we truly work very hard to accommodate everyone who registers. Steinhardt is a co-founder of birthright israel, a program which will provide free trips to Israel for thousands of Jews ages 18-26. As the sun rose before us, one of the volcanoes erupted, spilling smoke into the incredible skyline of clouds, fog, and sunlight. The campus has close to 4,000 Jewish undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, as well as many faculty and staff members that are involved in the Jewish community. My involvement in and appreciation for the Jewish community started when I enrolled in Yeshiva at the age of 5 and has been strengthened my experiences at Penn. After services, students from across campus and all the different options join together for a delicious, family style Shabbat dinner. What would the Israelis and Palestinians be as animals in a Nakba version? They find a dynamic country that is largely stable with people who are plain spoken too plain for a lot of Western ears who enjoy their lives and love their country.
In Jerusaelm, we toured around the old city, celebrated Shabbat, and explored Yad Vashem the Holocaust memorial museum and Mt. It has been a spiritual, powerful, sentimental few days. We are a vibrant democracy faced with Iran and its violent proxies, defending itself against thousands of rockets and Islamist convulsions all around us. Its long-standing dedication to building Jewish identity, while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth in a pluralistic community, positions Hillel as a leader in building a stronger Jewish people and stronger Jewish future. All of this is in addition to the nearly 300 students who experience Shabbat each week we offer six different services on Friday night and four options on Saturday morning. Some of the kids also walked over to the playground to play on slides, seesaws, and a giant rope swing.
Those who have joined in supporting this worthwhile project see it as our gift to Penn; our way of expressing thanks for all that Penn has meant to us. The back and forth of grief and joy — visiting Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum during the day and a pub in Jerusalem at night — creates a disorienting emotional turbulence, but this duality also a in Judaism. It maintains a presence at 22 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. The group hiked in this morning and is spending the afternoon in , the place where Jewish mysticism gained much recognition in the 16th century. We engaged in wonderful conversation with Robin and Dory, the Long Way Home staff who served as our guides for the day. After dinner, we got to go to the night market! The only Arabs out of hundreds of millions in the Middle East who are guaranteed absolute rule of law by impartial courts.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks A visit to remember On January 16, 2018 Penn Hillel and Perry World House Presented: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, International Religious Leader, Respected Moral Voice and Best Selling Author, in conversation with University Chaplain Chaz Howard. Temple Brit Shalom, a reform congregation, is located just a couple of blocks downtown from campus. They find a free press with lots of newspapers. Birthright Israel changed their eligibility rules, and now any student who went on a peer trip at any age for less than 4 months are eligible for this trip. Whenever non-Jewish Germans dare to negatively criticise Israel, some Zionist will accuse these critics of not properly understanding the supposedly complex conflict.
After lunch, we went back to work for our final afternoon. Services are warm and welcoming, with a special kind of pluralism rarely found in other Jewish communities. The night ended with Feliciano recounting the Guatemalan Civil War for us, which only occurred in the past two decades. The Hasbara Fellowships Israel Program is an exclusive 16-day Israel advocacy training program focused on offering pro-Israel student leaders the opportunity to gain leadership skills, network with their peers, meet Israelis and Palestinians from all sides of the political spectrum, and travel to strategic locations throughout the country. If you decide you cannot go, you can withdraw and receive your deposit back if you do so before the withdrawal deadline 65 days before the trip departs. And only a mere 21 percent believe that Israel is respecting human rights. This was part of the Ilan Heimlich Memorial Speaker and Film Series and the Dr.
. Cash is also accepted for meals. It was empowering to witness the strength and warmth of the Jewish community in a place like Guatemala. To be honest, I had blocked out the details of the Arab-Israeli conflict and hoped to return from the trip better informed. Yesterday we also had a very special guided tour of Ben Gurion's grave from Sharona Kramer, our Penn Hillel staff. Because Israel is nothing like what you read about in the newspaper.
Non-Penn students can sign up for the Penn trip. At Penn, blocking out altogether is nearly impossible, especially since about identify as Jewish, but I still managed to do it first semester. We hiked for an hour by the light of the moon, the stars, and our iPhone flashlights. This trip is a gift from Birthright Israel. It was really impactful to interact with Comalapans in that context and we were so inspired by their enthusiasm and their English skills. Today more than 25 Jewish student groups meet under Hillel auspices, with 1,500 young people using the current Hillel building every week.