Beit Ha’am – Tribute to Leonard Cohen

 “I never hid the fact that I am Jewish and whenever there is a crisis in Israel I”ll be there.

I am committed to the survival of the Jewish People.”

Leonard Cohen

The singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2017 at the age of 82.  With his passing we salute his extraordinary talent and remember him as one who never distanced himself from his Jewish roots, his Jewish heritage and Jewish values.  Many of his songs were informed by the Jewish tradition.

The Department for Diaspora Activities created a special edition of Beit Ha’am, entitled Bird on a Wire, devoted to the life and work of Leonard Cohen

Click on the image below to access a PDF of Bird On Wire.  We encourage you to use these materials to celebrate his memory and his music.

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To see the full Beit Ha’am collection please visit this page

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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BDS: The New Antisemitism – Standing Room Only in NYC

Ambassador Danny Danon addresses BDS conference in New York City.

Ambassador Danny Danon

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.

Israel Education Resources

A collection of resources for teaching and learning about Israel.

 
Please find below a collection of different resources for Israel educators and individuals wishful to learn more about Israel.
 
Beit Haam – Israel Education Resources from the World Zionist Organization. You can access guides especially made for educators here, or access the general resources here.

Zionist News of Interest – Several news stories, articles, and web sites that can serve as an additional source of material for Zionist organizations and supporters.

Israel Education Programs – Several innovative programs that encourage dialogue about Zionism, created by Zionist organizations from all over the religious and political spectrums. It includes The Third Narrative, a progressive initiative from Ameinu

Posters of pre-state Israel – An important historical record, this collection also provides a fascinating insight into the atmosphere and spirit of the times. It also serves as a source of inspiration for carrying on with the vital mission of continuing to work for the fulfilment of the Zionist dream.

 

 

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

Israeli Law: The Supreme Court, Israeli Laws

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

Beit Ha’am monthly anthologies

Month of Elul (last month of the Jewish calendar)

Month of Tishri

Beit Ha’am’s Tribute to Leonard Cohen

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

 

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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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Holocaust and Heroism Rememberance Day

Today, May 4, 2016, is Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom Hashoah. The State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world will mark the day in memory of the 6 million Jews who were killed during the Shoah. The day is being marked with many ceremonies, all with the Israeli national flag flying at half-mast. Today, before it’s too late, and before they all leave, is the opportunity to listen to some of the survivors stories.

If you wish to read more about Holocaust Remembrance day, our collective responsibility in remembering and commemorating, and some texts and poems written by Holocaust survivors, click here (scroll down to page 11 for the English version).

 

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2016 International Bible Contest for Adults

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