Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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Last year, the Friends of the Israel Defense Force raised more than $60 million nationwide, but those dollars didn't go toward the purchase of guns, uniforms or tanks. Instead, the 30-year-old organization allocates funds for a series of programs that directly benefit soldiers. Its tagline reads: "Their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them." The...
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Two Temple University students have been selected to head to the Jewish state to take part in a two-week-long Israel advocacy training seminar. Sophomores Emily Green and Paige Guber are to take part in Hasbara Fellowships, a 10-year-old partnership between the Foreign Ministry of Israel and Aish International. The fellowships were created to help combat the spread of anti-Israel bias...
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Responding to criticism that its Israel advocacy efforts have been lackluster in recent years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is attempting to launch a robust, ideologically inclusive coalition to help combat attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state. Federation is planning to add an advocacy position to its Jewish Community Relations Council staff and to fund new programming to achieve...
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The term "Israel advocacy" gets tossed around a lot, but what does it really mean? With efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state showing no signs of letting up, many in the Jewish community are re-examining the goals of Israel advocacy, reassessing what tactics work best, and analyzing whether the effort should primarily be geared toward Jews or non-Jewish influentials. The...
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Seventeen years after the creation of his Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg says he never thought his project to record the stories of survivors would have such a profound impact. "I never even imagined I would get Holocaust survivors to share their experiences that they wouldn't even share with their children and grandchildren," the renowned director told the Exponent in a...
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