Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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The Rev. Peter T. Manzo admitted that he hasn't always been enamored with the modern State of Israel. For many years, he viewed the Jewish nation "as an intrusion into the indigenous life of the Middle East." "Millions of Eastern European immigrants had simply bullied the Middle Eastern natives out of their homes," he continued. "If the Jews needed a...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Programs like the Alexander Muss High School in Israel and Birthright Israel are designed to teach young Jews more about their homeland. As such, participants spend time exploring major historical sites -- Masada, the Western Wall -- and absorbing the past, from the birth of Zionism to the roots of the Arab-Israeli crisis. But the Common Ground Mission -- a...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
Nothing is ever black and white, especially when it comes to people. Take, for example, the situation with Israel's Bedouin population, particularly in the south of the country, in the Negev Desert. There, some 180,000 Bedouin reside -- all citizens of Israel, but some black, and some white. The so-called white Bedouin are often dark-skinned, in typical Middle Eastern fashion,...
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The growing modernization of Bedouin culture in Israel
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before, in a TV docudrama, on the glossy pages of National Geographic, as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village. It speaks of poverty, though there's a gentle mood to the...
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With more than 240 million trees planted and 89 reservoirs built in Israel, the Jewish National Fund can claim to know a little something about water and environmental issues. And as nations across the globe struggle with finding access to clean water supplies and creating sustainable development, officials at JNF's American branch -- it is made up of more than...
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