What does it mean to love?

Posted on May 28th, 2017
By ISRAEL21c    

Film maker and football analyst Yogi Roth crisscrosses Israel to hear how people define love, and refines his own definition through visiting his mom’s birthplace in Haifa.

What happens when a 35-year-old California football analyst, filmmaker and motivational speaker asks random Israelis what it means to love? Click on the video to discover straight-from-the-heart insights shared with Yogi Roth by young and old of all faiths.

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Israeli teens are in ‘the stupid age’

Posted on May 28th, 2017
By Inbal Arieli    for Israel21c

Israeli youth age 12-18 have a clearly delineated period where they are afforded an opportunity to act stupidly without harsh consequence.

When you think of yourself at age 15, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Or better yet, if you have a 15-year-old at home — like I do — how would you best describe him or her?

I have to admit I found an entire range of relevant adjectives, varying from “crazy,” “inspiring,” “funny” and “deep” to “irresponsible” and “committed.” How can these terms all be relevant to a single individual?

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What’s the Secret to Living Into Your 90s?

Posted on May 21st, 2017
By Jonathan Zalman for Tablet Magazine 

We’ll find in out HBO’s upcoming documentary, ‘If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast’

Initially I felt two things when I watch the new trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” which features some well known Jewish entertainers are asked (by Carl Reiner) to answer the question: What’s the secret to living into your ’90s? I felt a mixture of sadness and love for relatives and friends I’ve lost throughout my life, then an undeniable appreciation for the numerous stars featured in the doc who remain, well, inspirations. We’re talking: Reiner, Mel Brooks, Betty White, Stan Lee, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Bennett, Kirk Douglas (the oldest, at 100), Fyvush Finkel, composer Irving Fields (who died in 2016 at the age of 101), actress Patricia Morison, and Jerry Seinfeld who, though he isn’t even close to 90, has “already reserved the stage at Caesar’s Palace for his 100th birthday show,” which just makes so much sense.

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Five Key Ingredients for Maximizing Impact in Young Adult Engagement

Posted on May 14th, 2017
By David Cygielman on eJewishPhilanthropy

For the past 10 years, Moishe House has discovered a great deal from young adults in their 20s as they create the most vibrant and meaningful Jewish communities. We have learned from Moishe House staff, residents, participants, and from digging into the findings of our external evaluations.

The landscape itself looks quite different today than it did in 2006 when the first Moishe House opened. We continue to adapt our strategy over the years to meet the needs and demands of Millennials across six continents and will continue to evolve as the program grows. That said, we consistently come back to five key ingredients that we find absolutely crucial in maximizing the impact of young adult engagement: Peer-to-Peer Engagement; Frequency of Attendance; Depth of Content and Variety of Jewish Programming; Specific Age Range; and Vetted Leaders.

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In Defense of Israel

Posted on May 7th, 2017

by: Spencer Schwartz for Fresh Ink for Teens

I feared speaking out against anti-Israel propaganda, then something within me changed.

Born and raised a strong Zionist in a monochromatic Jewish world, I attended the Solomon Schechter Day School through eighth grade, and I always knew I loved Israel. I never knew why I loved Israel and that was because I didn’t have to explain. I never faced opposition to my passion for my culture and never encountered friends who were not excited for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. To put it simply, I never had to defend Israel, so I never knew it required defending.

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