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From Shnat to Holot

By Ben Reiff. My relationship with Israel is dynamic. The more I learn, the more it changes, and the more I want to find out; and so the opportunity to spend my gap year in Israel was one I couldn’t miss. I’m currently 3 months into Shnat Netzer, a gap year program for Reform Jews around the world. Having spent …

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RSY at Limmud – Abi Itkin

By Abi Itkin Looking back at Limmud 2015, I realise what a phenomenal few days of non-stop learning, socialising and experiencing it was. Jumping from session to session, each one more interesting and thought-provoking than the last, I was struck by the huge number of options at any given time. However, not once did I feel alone in this semi-organised …

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Cardboard Boxes and Channuka

By Camille Grahame For me growing up, Channukah was always such a special time of year. We celebrate Channukah coming together as families, friends, colleagues, schools or youth groups. One of my fondest memories growing up was of our family celebrating Channukah. My cousins, siblings and I would all go to my Grandparents house, filled with glee and excitement. After …

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Shnat? Shnat. By Charley Katan

I haven’t blogged for a long, long time. I don’t think anyone ever did read these but hey, maybe they do! And therefore to my most loyal fan, anonymous web user in China, this one’s for you. I currently live in the middle of the Negev desert, on Kibbutz Lotan. Specifically, in the Bustan neighbourhood, an eco-friendly campus which is …

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Empathy

by Eli Shafritz. The word required right now is empathy. Empathy for two traumatised peoples. It is impossible to compare the suffering of two different peoples with two different narratives. Palestinians in The West Bank, who were originally compelled to leave their homes in 1948 and have been forced to live under Israeli military occupation since 1967, suffer. Their day-to-day …

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Solidarity With Refugees – By Ella Grodzinski

“Do not oppress the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus, 23:9 As Jews, we know far too well what it feels like to be homeless, persecuted and in exile. The current refugee crisis cut right to the core of who we are as a people – so it was only right that when 100,000 people …

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The Wall By Morgan Sands

A poem by Morgan Sands an RSY-Netzer boger that was inspired by his trip on march of the living here is a brief description to set the scene of where his inspiration came from. “We visited a few camps on the march of the living trip. However when we visited the memorial site for the extermination camp ‘Belzec’ we entered …

Being a Character Witness for Israel

By Ben Crome. On Monday, I attended a question and answer session with former Israeli Finance Minister and leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid, where the young audience was introduced as representatives of ‘a cross-section of communal organisations and people active on the front line against BDS’. Some time ago, I was enlisted as a foot-soldier in the …

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The Hip Hop History of RSY-Netzer

By Jonny Line. On every RSY-Netzer event there is one question that comes up time and time again: How can we creatively get chanichim (or madrichim!) to listen when we talk and how do we get them to be involved? Over the past few years of leading there seems to have been only one answer that I have found…hip hop …

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View from the Board

by Ben Lewis At Veidah this year we held an election to decide our new “deputy” to be sent to the “Board of Deputies of British Jews”, most commonly known as the Board of Deputies (BoD), for the next three years. This is a position which RSY-Netzer vatikah Rachel Elf had held previously and which I was lucky enough to …