We Are Women Hear Us Pray: Emma Jacobs

Today one of the holiest sights in Jerusalem was engulfed in protest. It helped me connect with religion in a way I never have before. I’ve never felt a spark at the Kotel. Maybe a bit numb or judged but never special. At the little, hidden enclave that is Robinson’s Arch (the egalitarian section) I usually feel semi-acceptable, but never …

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Netzer Veidah Update

The Veidah Olamit (World Congress) of 2017 was one that I think will be remembered fondly. We had representatives from every snif (branch) of Netzer, which included 13 different countries all around the world and we even had a representative of Colonia de CIP, from Brazil, as their movement deliberates over their membership to ours. These representatives gathered in Israel …

Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day

Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day This year the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘How can life go on?’ Today, with the current goings on that seems more relevant that it has done for a while. How can life go on when we seem to be reliving the horrors of the past? How can life go on when we are …

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On Our Shoulders

By Rachel Vogler When I woke up this morning I felt cold. I felt, vulnerable. I felt helpless, and hopeless, and far-removed. They felt familiar, those things, as if we had woken up on a morning much like this only a few months ago, when the repercussions were far closer to home and when my vote didn’t speak for me. …

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This is not a Spoken Word Poem about Israel

This is not a Spoken Word Poem about Israel Written for the UJS Incubator Exhibition by Rachel Vogler N.B This piece is written to be performed so lines that seem unusually long or odd rhyming patterns have unpunctuated pauses and line breaks.   This is not a spoken word poem about you. If I was going to write a spoken …

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Reflections on Shnat-Netzer 1 Year Later

By Joel Stokes Living in close quarters with people from every corner of the globe will inevitably boost personal confidence, whether that be physical, environmental or having the courage to express yourself through unusual means. The confidence and self-belief that can be found from a year away from home is, I believe, quintessential to maintain throughout life at university and …

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March Of The Living

By Sophie Lipton Last week, I participated in the UK delegation of March of the Living. There were many things that made this experience so thought provoking, reflective and worthwhile. Our educator was phenomenal and gave us the chance to reflect and reevaluate the Holocaust as well as empowering all participants to make their own informed decisions about the catastrophe. …

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BogStu to Vienna!

By Ruth Steinman I was recently lucky enough to join 20 of my peers in an educational trip to Vienna, organised by the Jeneration. Despite just being a short break of three days, our time in Vienna opened up some interesting questions about the ways in which we think and learn about the Jewish diaspora. We had the opportunity to …

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40 passionate Jews in attendance

By Benjamin Munster Every year, as the country blossoms into spring, the cognoscenti of RSY attend a gathering of ideas. The gathering is called Veidah, and comprises several lengthy ‘asephot’, or meetings, in which the P, B & A (Policies, Beliefs and Actions) of the movement is rigorously scrutinised, re-ratified and updated so as to keep RSY firmly ahead of …

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Netzer Veidah

By Meiron Avidan and Charley Katan Over the course of Veida, we were exposed to wonderful netzernikim from all over the world. 15 sniffim were represented at this veida, ranging from the FSU and Panama to France and Brazil. Every day we would have presentations about each snif, which were a really valuable opportunity for us to learn more about …