Stories and analysis about Israel and the Israeli people. 

 Issac Ashkenazi, a renowned international expert on disaster management and community resilience, led a JCRC security briefing on preparing for and responding to urban mass casualty incidents. 

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Chicago-area Diller Teen Fellows returned home July 24 after a three-week seminar in Israel designed to foster leadership development, Jewish identity-building, social action opportunities, and a deeper connection to Israel. 

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 A June site visit marked the 21st year for the partnership between the people of Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir and a very devoted cadre of JUF donors.

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'The Healers' grew out of the Partnership Together Artist Workshops Program, a joint venture between the Jerusalem-based Jewish Agency for Israel and a consortium of 14 Jewish Federations located primarily in the Midwest of the United States-including Chicago.

Members of Chicago’s Jewish community and JUF leaders were stunned, saddened and aggrieved by two significant decisions taken last Sunday by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

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David Baskin had been noticing a pattern when soldiers like himself finish their service in the Israel Defense Forces. In the kibbutz — the communal settlement — where he and his fellow llow soldiers lived while serving, the soldiers would discard piles of belongings that they didn’t want to take with them.


On Aviv Ezra’s office wall, at the Chicago-based Consulate of Israel to the Midwest, hangs a photograph of the infamous entrance to Auschwitz. But it’s not the ominous foreground, but rather something in the background of the photo—three grey dots— that Ezra finds most poignant.


Taking our children to Israel has been our dream since we became parents.


We have only one more month here and Idan knows there are special aspects of school in Ra’anana that he will miss.

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 Eighteen student leaders from campuses across the Midwest embarked on a student leadership mission to Israel last month led by JUF’s Israel Education Center.

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