The 2016 International Bible Competition for Adults

The North American participants have been selected!!  You can’t compete but you can witness the competition that will select the finalizsts to be sent on to Jerusalem.  You can attend, but you must register!!

 

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, this year’s theme is:

 

The Land of Zion and Jerusalem

 

The winners of the online competition will come together to compete at the US Finals on Sunday, June 19, 2016/13 Sivan 5776, 3:00 PM at West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street, New York, NY 10023.

The winner and runner-up will advance to the International Bible Competition Finals in Jerusalem on the 5th night of Chanukah – Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

If you’d like to attend the US Finals event, admission is free of charge, but you MUST RSVP in advance. We hope to see you there!

 

Please RSVP here: www.azm.org/bible-contest

 

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NYC Celebrates Israel 2016 — Theo Herzl Joins In

 

FLOAT3Despite the torrential downpours, spirits were high as celebrants made their way Fifth Avenue on Sunday. June 2nd.  Zionism: The Spirit of Israel was the theme and Herzl’s beard was filled with words associated with Zionist values.  Theo Herzl marched alongside the float on Sunday and even managed to snag a few press interviews.

Israel was built on the core values of Zionism and still proudly carries these values today. We were thrilled to celebrate this beautiful country of ours, together with other Zionists from all over the Tri-State area and beyond, including some from our northern neighbor Canada.

Sponsoring the float were AMIT, Bnai Zion and Hadassah.  Many other organizations joined the Zionist line of march following behind, including Ameinu, Habonim-Dror, Hashomer HaShomer, MERCAZ USA, Forest Hills Jewish Center, Hebrew Tabernacle and Young Judaea.

See an album of photos here, a video of the Celebrate Israel Parade here, and of the AZM float at the Parade here.

BDS: The New Antisemitism – Standing Room Only in NYC

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It was standing room only on Thursday evening, June 2 at BDS: The New Antisemitism? Countering a Global Movement. Over 250 people gathered to learn more about the fight against BDS in the United States and globally. The idea was initiated by the World Zionist Organization and specifically its Vice Chairman Yaakov HaGoel. The program began with a rousing greeting from Israel’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Danny Danon (pictured left) .

In the presence of twelve Israel mayors and deputy mayors, Malcolm Hoenlein, Brooke Goldstein and Yuval Abrams spoke about efforts to delegitimize Israel and what is being done to counter those efforts.

Brooke Goldstein spoke brilliantly about using the US Constitution and the legal system to thwart efforts to silence students and others. She also spoke about the successful efforts to halt Kuwait Air’s illegal restrictions on passengers.  Yuval Abrams spoke about the impact in the academic arena and challenges he faces as a member of the CUNY Graduate Center Student Council.

While BDS  has minimal economic impact on Israel, on campuses  there can be a serious impact on the hearts and minds of young Jews. BDS is a movement designed to undermine and destroy Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. Everyone, regardless of their perspective, agreed that we cannot simply respond, but we must be proactive. Young people on campus today are the leaders of tomorrow, and it is important that they engage with Israel in a positive way, and do not learn and grow in a hostile environment.

As proud Zionists that care deeply about Israel and its right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. It is paramount that we unite together against the common threat that is BDS. We strive to empower students to feel confident in their abilities to stand up for Israel and against the baseless hatred driving the BDS movement, particularly on college campuses.

We are proud to have co-sponsored such an engaging evening of dialogue that truly provided meaningful answers and tools to countless members of the community, to combat Israel hatred.

You can find the video of the event here.

Beit Ha’am – Israel Education Resources

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The Beit Ha’am – House of the Nation – program was developed by the Department for Diaspora Activities of the World Zionist Organization to encourage discussion on the subject of Zionist identity and attitudes to the State of Israel.

The program includes diverse traditional and modern texts on a range of subjects. Through encounter with these texts, we hope to encourage lively discussion of Zionist identity among Diaspora Jews in general, and the younger generation, in particular. The discussion will address what binds the Jewish people, wherever they may be, as well as what divides and separates us.

We will consider the meaning of Jewish political independence of the people dwelling in Zion and the reciprocal relationships between Jews living in Israel and those who live in the Diaspora. This represents an opportunity for everyone, irrespective of prior knowledge, to get to know and enhance their knowledge about the significance of Zionism in the 21st century, to engage in discussion, reflect on its substance and the extent of its relevance to our lives.

Below, you can find resources from the Beit Ha’am program. You may have to scroll down to the last page in order to find the beginning of the English booklets.

All links in purple are guides for educators and leaders.  The guides are tools to teach about Israel through different activities.

 

The establishment of the State of Israel

United Nations Vote for a Partition Plan – 1947

Why Not Uganda

 

The concept of Zionism

Defining Zionism Workshop

 

Israeli Leaders

Ben Gurion Leader’s Guide

Menachem Begin on Israeli issues

Yitzhak Rabin – Yitzhak Rabin and the peace process – Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Ceremony

About Leadership

 

About Israeli society

The Tent Cities: Israel Social Protest 2011 – PostersEducationHealthHousing

A Guide to discuss social issues in Israel

Operation Protective Edge

Identity Issues : Jewish and Zionist identity

 

The Israeli Political System

Israeli Elections

 

Jewish Holidays

Hanukkah

Passover

Purim

Rosh Hashana – The New Year

Shavuot

Tisha B’Av

Tu B’Shvat: Haggadah – Seder

Yom Ha’ Atmazut – Independence Day

Yom Ha’ Shoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom Ha’Zikaron – Memorial Day

Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day

 

Women in Israeli Society – FeminIsrael

Women in Israeli History

Women in Israeli Society

Arab Women in Israel

Ethiopian Women in Israel

Haredi Women in Israel

Marriage and Religion

Russian Women in Israel

Women in Israeli Society Leader’s Guide

Women in Politics

Women in the IDF

Women in the Job Market
 

Female Figures in Israeli History 

A Comprehensive list of Israeli female figures
 

Israeli Literature and Poetry

Poetry Program

Is it true, by Leah Goldberg

 

 

 

 

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Join us at the Celebrate Israel Parade 2016

 

Please join AZM and march with us in the 2016 Celebrate Israel Parade

March with us and thousands of supporters of Israel up Fifth Avenue in NYC on Sunday, June 5, to stand up for and honor Israel.

This year’s theme is “Zionism: The Spirit of Israel”. Israel was built on the core values of Zionism and still proudly carries these values today. We are thrilled to be celebrating this beautiful country of ours during the Parade, along with other Zionists from all over the Tri-State area and other North American cities.

Please register HERE if you would like to march with us. The gathering spot, time and other details will be communicated as soon as we have them.

We hope you will join us this year for this wonderful event.

 

 

 

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BDS – The New Antisemitism? Confronting a Global Campaign

Join AZM and the WZO at a conference titled “BDS – the New Antisemitism? Confronting a Global Campaign” on June 2, 2016, in NYC. It will address the resurgence of global antisemitism and provide our community with tools to tackle and confront it.

A delegation of Israeli Mayors and Knesset members will participate in this symposium to learn more about what is happening on this front. Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, will also partake in the panel. It will be a great opportunity to hear about the joint efforts of Israeli MK’s and American Jewish leaders to understand and combat the BDS movement.

Please register HERE.
 
 
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Robotics Competitions – from Riverdale, NY to the Israeli Desert

The American Zionist Movement congratulates the students from the SAR High School Robotics Team, who participated in the International Robotraffic Competition at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology last week!

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Jacob Aaronson (12th grade), Joseph Rubin (11th grade) & Joey Yudelson (10th grade).

The SAR team took 2nd place in the Racing competition, 4th place in the Presentation competition for their idea of a ‘smart’ intersection, and 7th place in the Careful driving competition. SAR was the only team representing the United States, and competed alongside students from Russia, Ukraine, Argentina and Israel, making up a total of 25 participating groups.

The competition, which focused on road safety and intelligence in transport, was held at the Israel Institute of Technology, known as the Technion. Starting with the same base hardware, each team had to build and program a robot vehicle capable of adapting itself to traffic situations while analyzing its environment. From its development, the competition sought from students that they not only put into play the knowledge of robotics and programming, but also an understanding of the problems associated with the development of intelligent devices that need to operate safely in complex situations, such as those generated by traffic in a city.

Robotics Competitions are a great way to inspire students to go into science, technology, engineering and math, while having fun at the same time. We are also very proud to mention the great work of AMIT, a member organization of AZM, dedicated to education in Israel.

Drawing from the success of the robotics training in schools, an AMIT High School for girls in the Israeli Negev desert town of Yeroham, added robotics to its curriculum two years ago. In February, the team won the Inspire Award at the inaugural Tech Challenge National Robotics Competition and was chosen to represent Israel next month in the world championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri. The TCN Competition requires student participation in community service volunteering. As part of their volunteer work, the students began teaching robotics in a nearby Bedouin village with the goal of helping children there establish a robotics team.

Adele Weizmann, the team captain, mentioned that her team truly believes they can impact the community through science and robotics, and a core motivation is their hope to be an inspiration to other students.

 

We wish the best of luck to the students of AMIT High School at the TCN Competition this month, and are very proud to be supporting the important work of AMIT in Israel. Ido Frommer, director of the Yeroham Science Center, said robotics have transformed the lives of children in this desert city, and that the AMIT students are a prime example of how robotics can transform a community as well as its neighbors.

 

FeminIsrael — Celebrating Women’s Accomplishments in Israel

feminisraellogoMarch 8th was International Women’s Day, which takes place during Women’s History Month. Each year, AZM and WZO mark Women’s History Month with “FeminIsrael”, an initiative created to focus on and draw attention to the achievements of Israeli women, and their tremendous contributions to Israel and the world.

This year in the context of FeminIsrael, the AZM and the Consulate General of Israel in New York have joined together to honor some of the women who comprise Israel’s Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. AZM will be hosting a reception and panel discussion

It promises to be a very special program, featuring some high-powered Israeli professional women, including: Orit Rishpi from wepower, Hava Carrie from the Carmel Institute, Gila Gamiel, Director-General of the Foreign Ministry, among others. Moderating the event will be Farhana Rahman, Director for Communications for Z-Cast, a mobile app for broadcasting live podcasts developed by the Israeli start-up, Zula. Farhana gained quite a bit of attention during her business trip to Israel earlier this year as she posted her strong support and love for the country and people of Israel.

Click here to sign up, or click on the flyer below.

 

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Join HebrewSpeak and learn how to speak Hebrew like an Israeli!

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For a little more than the cost of your weekly cup of coffee and muffin, you can expand your Hebrew skills so you can do all this, and so much more, the next time you’re in Israel!

If you’d like to participate in a HebrewSpeak program, please contact Susie Baumohl at hebrewspeak@azm.org or call 212-318-6100 x6947.

We’re waiting for you! מחכים לכם!

Sponsored by the American Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization.

Spread Some of the Joy of Purim in Israel

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Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, Purim is right around the corner! As we prepare for our parties and plan out our costumes, we also have a special opportunity to spread some Purim joy in Israel.

Please join our campaign to send Mishloach Manot to the members of the Jerusalem Border Patrol, and police officers stationed in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique combination of IDF soldiers and police officers tasked with ensuring the security of our sacred capital. Over the past few months, a disturbing number of vicious terror attacks have changed the daily reality in Israel – primarily in Jerusalem. This new wave of violence was just starting to become the frightening norm as we attended the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem this past October. Tensions could be felt throughout the city, and country. Jerusalem businesses have suffered, tourism has decreased, and parents don’t leave their homes with their children without carrying handheld items for self-defense.Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 11.36.39 AM

While tragic news spreads quickly, what we don’t see or hear about in the US are the numerous attacks thwarted. Over the past six months, border patrol and police forces have seized countless weapons and prevented on average 2-3 terror attacks per day in the greater Jerusalem area. Just last week, Hadar Cohen Z”L, a 19 year-old border policewoman was killed in a terrorist attack at the Damascus Gate. Brave young men and women apprehend criminals and stop terror in its tracks; heroes we rarely hear about and don’t recognize enough.

Please join us in thanking them. As the Jewish nation, we have a responsibility to protect Israel, our Homeland. Though we may not be there personally, we can support those on the front lines who work tirelessly to keep our eternal capital safe so that Jerusalem’s civilians can walk the streets safely.

Imagine the pride and joy of a young officer receiving a show of appreciation from the global Jewish community this Purim.

Your gift of:

  •  $36 will provide one policeman with a basket;
  •  $180 will ensure an entire team will receive baskets.

In addition to this important initiative, and as in years past, the American Zionist Movement’s Purim Connection
program will continue to celebrate Purim with children in Ashkelon and other Israeli towns and villages.

  •  A gift of $300 will provide mishloach manot for an entire class.

Every gift counts and even a small donation will help an officer or Israeli child to enjoy the holiday. All gift baskets are purchased in Israel, therefore providing critical support to small Israeli businesses. Our friends and colleagues in Israel will hand deliver your gift basket.

Mishloach manot can be easily ordered via our website, please include a personal message that will be delivered with the basket.

This year’s campaign will be dedicated in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Marty Davis, who was instrumental in ensuring the success of this program in Israel. Marty made a difference and is sorely missed.

Amidst the latest wave of terror, we reflect on the meaning of Purim, a celebration to commemorate one of many stories from our collective history that exhibits our unique ability to stand up to our enemies, and unite as a people to overcome danger. In these difficult times, the American Zionist community, whose members are from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives, must join together to boost the morale to those who protect and serve, Israel and world Jewry. In doing so, we send the crucial message to Israel that we stand by her side, now during this difficult period, and always.

This Purim, join this initiative to do something different, do something special. Please order your mishloach manot baskets today or mail in a check to:

American Zionist Movement
40 Wall Street, Suite #706
New York, NY 10005.

The AZM, the American arm of the World Zionist Organization, is committed to the strengthening of Israel – locally, and around the world. JOIN US in uniting as a people, overcoming fear, and making this Purim a very special one for Israel’s quiet heroes.

We thank you for your support.

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz                                                           William D. Hess

President                                                                          Chair, Purim Connection

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P.S. We ask that you make your gift by March 9, 2016.