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Far Away and Still at Home: Israel and Our Interfaith Family

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Director, Prozdor
May 9, 2014

When a Jewish kid from Boston met a Catholic girl from Rhode Island in a Waltham basement fifteen years ago, I’m sure no one looked into the future and saw us happily married with a boatload of kids. But in this world, you never know what will happen, and here we are. It may not […]

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Life on the Margins

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Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
March 26, 2014

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 […]

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

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Director of the Early Childhood Institute, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
February 28, 2014

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 […]

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Our last moments in Dnep

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Student, Prozdor
February 25, 2014

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 […]

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Havayah: Wondering What Comes Next

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February 24, 2014

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 […]

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Shavua Tov

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Havayah Participant
February 22, 2014

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 […]

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Dnep Today

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Havayah Participant
February 21, 2014

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, […]

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Shabbat Anecdote

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Havayah Participant
February 21, 2014

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, […]

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Today in Dnep

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Student, Prozdor
February 20, 2014

We were woken up by the Israelis and enjoyed a very Ukrainian breakfast in the Menorah Center. Then we hopped on the bus and crossed the Dnep river in order to experience Beit Hanna, the women’s teaching college, and the ERC or the Educational Resource center for children with disabilities. When we arrived, the principal […]

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An Anecdote from Davida’s Day

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Student, Prozdor
February 20, 2014

Today in class one of the boys grabbed my hand from behind and gave me a big hug. I was very surprised, but happy, because we had found a way to communicate through the language barrier. He pulled me over to where the teacher had put out apples and pointed until I took one. Then […]

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