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On the Ground in Israel and NJ

A personal view of our efforts in Israel from Amir Shacham, Associate Executive Vice President, Israel and Overseas

“P” Is for Powerhouse

Whenever I am asked by confused Israelis about the Jewish organizational “alphabet soup” my answer is: “Look for the ‘J’. If it is there, one can rest assured that the organization stays within the tribe.”

 

When I try to describe the evolving relationships between Israel and D…

Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace” (Proverbs 3,

Whenever I am in New Jersey for my MetroWest community business, I try to arrange at least one visit to New York City in order to experience the “real world.” So there I was, wandering the streets of downtown Manhattan on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in November, exploring the vibrant, d…

Leadership

It was Saturday afternoon, 15 years ago, November of 1995. I was driving to my then home in Livingston, together with my family. We were having lunch at the home of Israeli friends and my colleague, the Northern New Jersey shaliach Shlomo Ben Asher. Probably we ate too much Israeli style fo…

Not a Word About Politics

It is hard to believe but it is already a decade (or so) since the second intifada broke out and into our lives.  

 

I am using “or so” because the problem is that we were all blind to detecting and identifying this major political and security development. Unlike other wars, we couldn…

The Spiral Staircase of the “Israel Center”

Co-written with Ava Kleinman, Chair of the Legow Israel Program Center

As we start again from Bereshit, the cycle of Torah reading, it is important to remember that the Torah portions are not just an annual repetition of the same old texts. Our sages taught us that with each reading we disco…