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Hadassah Turk Tolub

Unity in Diversity: Tales from the Cardo

Unity in Diversity: Tales from the Cardo by Sally Dickman I decided I wanted to go on TRY way before October 7th. I had dreamed of a semester in Israel for many years, and no war was going to change my mind. My worry was not that I would be unsafe here, but that TRY would be canceled. I knew things would have to look different this semester – fewer kids, some schedule changes, different programming… I was okay with all of that. When TRY got the green light to run, I was ecstatic. And

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Hadassah Turk Tolub

The 9th day of TRY

The 9th day of TRY by Leora Schonbrun I decided I wanted to go on TRY way before October 7th. I had dreamed of a semester in Israel for many years, and no war was going to change my mind. My worry was not that I would be unsafe here, but that TRY would be canceled. I knew things would have to look different this semester – fewer kids, some schedule changes, different programming… I was okay with all of that. When TRY got the green light to run, I was ecstatic. And then finally

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Hadassah Turk Tolub

The Joy of a Whole Nation

The Joy of a Whole Nation by Ari Yellin-Levine Waking up in the mornings can be difficult. The days on TRY are long and action packed. However, a few days ago, something happened that woke me up instantly. I woke up around 6 and opened my phone to check the news, a habit I have developed since October 7th. Normally, all I see is bad news: hostage deals rejected and fallen soldiers. However, this day was different. The news wasn’t focused on the bad stuff. For the first time in weeks, we had some good

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jonathan@ramah.co.il

October 30th Seminar Update

October 30, 2023 Subject: Important Information on Ramah Seminar Dear Seminar Families, During these incredibly challenging times here in Israel, we continue to feel deeply connected to our Ramah family. Despite the physical distance, your support, concern, and love of Israel, continue to inspire us and give us strength. We know that the current situation in Israel raises concerns, as you think about sending your children here. We want to assure you that we remain optimistic that Seminar will proceed as planned this summer. We are actively engaged in hiring staff, booking sites and planning

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Meir Hoyzman

How a visit to Mea Shearim changed my view of haredi Jews

Haredi Judaism is not always something looked upon positively by Jews in the Conservative, Reform, and even Orthodox communities. “Haredi” is a term some of us avoid mentioning, unless it is to denounce ultra-Orthodoxy or to separate ourselves from its practitioners – “I’m not one of those ‘black hats.’” Liberal Jews can be embarrassed by their connection with Haredim and quick to defend themselves to non-Jews by saying that they themselves are not so religious and, like many people, see Haredim as “weird.” Before going to Meah Shearim and learning about Haredi Judaism this past

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