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Monday, January 20, 2020

Israel/World

Gila Allen Is Making Memories at MMY

After graduating from Bruriah High School, Gila Allen, from Edison, is now learning at MMY (Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim) as part of her gap year. During her first semester at seminary, she has fostered new connections with both her fellow students and attentive faculty and has delved deep into the teachings of Rav

Ohr Torah Stone Launches Jewish Education Grants

(Courtesy of Ohr Torah Stone) Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), the modern Orthodox network of 27 institutions that are transforming Jewish living, learning and leadership worldwide, has launched its first Jewish education grant program to help strengthen seven small European communities in Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Oslo, Norway; and Warsaw,

Wiesel Family— Teaneck, New Jersey

In 2016, Effie and Ruchie Wiesel of Teaneck, and their three daughters, Doreet, 19; Nava, 18; and Liat, 14, made aliyah. They began their new life in Israel in the Galilee village of Moreshet, a less obvious choice for American olim, as there are fewer English speakers living there than in other popular aliyah destinations. Even

Jodi Fishbein— Livingston, New Jersey

Fishbein, 20, made aliyah in December 2017. She is in her second year of national service and works as a ghost writer/translator for the foreign ministry—which she describes as a “lifelong dream.” Fishbein grew up in a very Zionist house and was motivated by the ability to actively advocate on behalf of Israel at the

Rabbi Avi and Leah Herzog—Fair Lawn, New Jersey

The Herzogs made aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh last summer after years of working in local Jewish education in New Jersey. Leah was a Judaic studies teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck for 13 years, while also serving as director of Israel guidance. Rabbi Avi Herzog was a lifelong educator teaching at

Drs. Yossi and Steffie Sipzner—Teaneck, New Jersey

Yossi grew up in West Orange and attended Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston through high school. He studied dentistry at UMDNJ and was an associate at Smile Central Dental for five years. Steffie (Lempel) grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, where she attended Bezalel Hebrew Day School and Hillel High School. A graduate of

Yoram Raanan—Bloomfield, New Jersey

Raanan is one of Israel’s most successful contemporary Jewish artists. He is inspired by the land’s beauty, as well as its biblical heritage and people. His paintings hang in multiple locations in Jerusalem, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art. He has others in museums, galleries and private

Zehava Arky— Morristown, New Jersey

Arky, along with her partner, Bruria Efune, developed a full-suite digital marketing agency called Aleph to Zee, which earlier in 2019 won first place at the Nefesh B’Nefesh’s inaugural Entrepreneur Boot Camp Pitch Night. It is designed to offer high-quality digital marketing solutions while serving as a training academy for

Jerusalem Lights Up the Night In Purple in Support of Shalva’s Children With Disabilities

(Courtesy of Shalva) This Chanukah, Jerusalem kicked off the holiday season dressed in purple to support the Shalva organization, which provides direct-care services to over 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. As millions of Jews around the world gathered to celebrate the festival of lights

Jewish Man Attacked in New York

(Arutz Sheva) A 28-year-old man spewed anti-Semitic hate as he allegedly attacked an Orthodox Jewish man in Midtown Manhattan, police said Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Police say the suspect, Steven Jorge, punched

Report: Netanyahu Puts Jordan Valley Annexation on Hold

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting of an inter ministerial team that was deliberating the annexation of the Jordan Valley following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a probe into alleged Israeli “war crimes” against the

2019 Immigration to Israel Hits Highest Number in a Decade

(JNS) An estimated 34,000 immigrants moved to Israel in 2019—the largest number per year in the past decade, according to numbers published by the Jewish 

Agency.

The data includes those who immigrated during the period of January-November 2019 and the number