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Traveling with Prozdor

  Back From Israel! In late February, a group of Prozdor students spent 10 unforgettable days in Israel. We started the trip by celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem. We took a late night walk to the Western Wall, explored different neighborhoods of the city, and caught a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife on Ben Yehuda Street. From there, we traveled up to Haifa for a week-long exchange with The Hebrew Reali… Read Article →

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A Wintry Mix

Last Friday, after an overnight flight from Philadelphia, we arrived to an overcast sky in Tel Aviv and by the time we reached the Jerusalem hills the skies had darkened, the rain fell, and the windows were fogged up from the heat trapped inside the bus. For those that had never been to Israel before, it probably felt surreal- a long transatlantic flight, a dark and rainy drive to a… Read Article →


Life on the Margins

What does it feel like to live at the edge, on the margins of community? The Torah reading for this week, Tazria, seems to imply that it can be a very lonely experience. When someone from the Israelite community is found to have leprosy (“tzaraat”), a disease of the skin, that person is removed from camp and separated from the others (Lev. 13:46). While their physical affliction is not their… Read Article →

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Who is Wise? One Who Learns from All People (Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot 4:1)

The ancient city of Zippori unfolded before our eyes. It is located in the heart of Lower Galilee, Israel; midway between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. In this city Jewish scholars studied and compiled the Mishnah (Oral law) about 1800 years ago. That day we studied the text and found it relevant to our American lives of the 21st century. Our interfaith group which included early childhood educators… Read Article →


Our last moments in Dnep

On our last day in Dnepropetrovsk we had lunch with Rabbi Kaminetsky and Zelig Brez at the Menorah Center. After such a whirlwind of a week the lunch was a fitting way to end our Havayah experience. I found many parts of this trip trying and difficult and along with everyone else, I had many questions. We heard stories from both the Rabbi and Zelig about Antisemitism that left me… Read Article →


Havayah: Wondering What Comes Next

I begin this entry while in the Dnepropetrovsk airport waiting for our flight to Vienna. We bid a tearful goodbye to our Israeli counterparts last night, and today we are in tears again as “our Ukrainians” see us off. The past week has brought up a great range of emotions in every Havayah member, myself included. We’ve gone from great exuberance to deep sadness to, yes, moments of personal discomfort…. Read Article →


Shavua Tov

Shavua tov from Dnep!! This morning, we slept in and woke up to a lovely, carb filled breakfast; complete with traditional Ukrainian cheese and blintzes. We then took the Shabbos elevator down to the ground floor to Shacharit services with the rest of the Jewish community. Three hours later, post services, we all ventured to our respective assigned homes for Shabbat lunch! Myself, Rachel, Jacob, and three other girls were… Read Article →


Dnep Today

Today was an emotional rollercoaster. We started the day with an incredible breakfast of pancakes and cinnamon buns. Then, we made our way to the Karavan mall, which was closed at the time, which resulted in some whining and discontent. It was only made better by an extremely fun and embarrassing kiddie train ride. Luckily, everything opened and we got our shopping done. Afterwards, we visited Beit Baruch: a Jewish… Read Article →


Shabbat Anecdote

Tonight was a very special night for all of the Havayah participants. The Kabbalat Shabbat service was very powerful and helped me connect more with the kids from Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk. There was one moment that really stood out in my mind and I will take with me back to Boston. After saying the Amidah, all of the kids put their arms around each other while singing Oseh Shalom. When… Read Article →