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 By Eliana Rudee    Features    July 6, 2018

In Jerusalem, happy 'horde' indulges in 'meta-reflection' of reality

(JNS)-As part of the annual Israel Festival in Jerusalem, I boarded the light rail with my fellow performers, each donning a white headset. Our choreographer was a pre-programmed Siri-like female...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 29, 2018

IfNotNow accosts Taglit Birthright groups at New York airport

(JNS)-At New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night, Birthright Fellow and student leader Ariel Tidhar reported that the American Jewish activist group IfNotNow waylaid their group, as well as...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 15, 2018

The Chabon speech

(JNS)-Author Michael Chabon ignited controversy in the Jewish world following his May 14 commencement speech at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles with students...

 

Birthright from the 'sabra' side: The Israeli perspective

(JNS)-While it is well known that Birthright trips provide American participants with a transformative, often life-changing experience, it is perhaps less known that the young Israelis who accompany t...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    April 6, 2018

Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: 'A Light Unto the World'

(JNS)-Ahead of Israel's 70th birthday in May, longtime Harvard University law professor, attorney and author Alan Dershowitz announced that he is donating an ambucycle to Israel's volunteer medic...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    Features    March 9, 2018

New book: A slam dunk for African-American hoopsters who take to Israel

(JNS)-Canadian sports executive, lawyer and author of the new book "Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land," David A. Goldstein is often asked why he decided to write about...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    February 23, 2018

Ahmadi Muslims promote a message of peace

(JNS)—As a small Islamic sect of an estimated 20 million people—about 1 percent of the global Muslim population—the Ahmadiyya community is a persecuted minority across the Middle East. But at the southern entrance of the northern Israeli city...

 

The much-awaited grassroots, Zionist, progressive movement is here

Salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, Zionism and progressivism.  Few question the inherent, irrefutable bond between the first two of those pairs, but civil rights attorney and co-founder of...

 

Raising the Palestinian flag disrupts a safe space for Zionism

As a child, I spent my summers at Camp Solomon Schechter, a Conservative Jewish camp in Tumwater, Wash., set on the shores of Lake Joshua Stampfer. My experiences at Camp Schechter were central to the development of my Jewish identity and eventual...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    Features    May 26, 2017

Fifty Jerusalem facts for 50th anniversary of reunification

Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification May 23-24. Leading up to the holy city's semi-centennial milestone, here are 50 facts highlighting the rich tapestry of Israel's...

 

Birthright fosters optimism following harrowing UN Security Council vote

Two days into my first Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, during which I led a group of 40 Americans around Israel, I heard the news of the Obama administration’s unprecedented refusal to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning...

 

Israel is high on rule bending for medical marijuana

Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes Israeli entrepreneurs succeed because they challenge authority, question everything, and don’t go by the rules. “The impact of the Israelis on science and technology is immense, so that’s why I’m here and why...

 

Taking Risks: The Israeli Way

When individuals move to Israel, most are transformed by the new experience in obvious ways. Some become more religious, others become more right wing, and many become more, well, Israeli. Over the last 13 months, I’ve witnessed my own...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    September 9, 2016

East African lawyers look to Israel for negotiation tactics

In the wake of expanding East African-Israeli relations, African nations often reach out to Israel for know-how on a range of topics: water conservation, energy, agricultural productivity, counter-terrorism; and now business negotiation. Although it...

 

Lessons learned through an Israeli health-care debacle

When I made aliyah over a year ago, I was warned that it would be hard. With no family here, many people gave me their contact information and an open invitation for any assistance when needed. But for me, for the first year, it really wasn’t all...

 

Living in Israel and dealing with loss from abroad

By Eliana Rudee (JNS.org) Living in Israel comes with many hardships, some of them known and some of them unknown. I expected certain dilemmas with the language, bureaucracy, cultural immersion and finances, for example. But there is one thing that...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    Opinions    July 29, 2016

When everything has changed, but nothing really has

(JNS.org) Exactly six years ago, when I was just 18 years old, I wrote as my Facebook status, “Doesn’t want to go home tomorrow :( I live in America but my heart is in Israel.” It was only my second time in Israel and I just knew. I knew that...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    Opinions    June 10, 2016

The truth about the S-word in Israel

“I’m sure you get this question a lot, but...” It always starts with those words. What follows is the predictable, frequently asked question on the minds of friends, family, and Jewish mothers when I get back to the U.S. “Is it safe?...

 

Being Jewish and pro-Israel in college: 2010 vs. 2015

This week, I was able to talk to many Jewish students from around the world (including a friend from my alma mater who is visiting Israel) about what it is like to be a Jewish student on their university campuses. I graduated from college just about...

 

Yitzhak Rabin memorial day: the ultimate proof of Israel's desire for peace

Last week, Israel commemorated the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, a prime minister of Israel and hero in the eyes of the Israeli people. I was struck by how significant the day is for Israelis and what this means in the context of ongoing conflict...

 

Muslim call to prayer, or Arab call to violence: a terror timeline

Every day now, I am waking up to news of more murders around Jerusalem. Outside my window, I hear screaming, and as my stomach twists in fright, I have to wonder whether I am hearing yet another Arab attack against Jews in my area. This violence is...

 

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