The Great Embrace: A Call to Action

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us in the campaign “The Great Embrace: A Call to Action” that the World Zionist Organization is launching in support of the families of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, sharing with them the sense of unity that has become the legacy of their tragic loss. Details can be found in the letter below.

Please accept the challenge and distribute it as widely as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Breakstone
Deputy Chairman
World Zionist Organization

חברים יקרים,

אנו קוראים לך להצטרף אלינו לקמפיין “חיבוק של אומה” , בכדי לתת חיזוק למשפחות הבנים, ולהביע את אחדות העם בימים קשים אותם כולנו חווים.
כל הפרטים מופיעים במכתב המצורף.

אנו נשמח אם תרימו את הכפפה ותפיצו את המכתב בכל הדרכים שיתאפשרו לכם.

בברכה,

ד”ר דוד בריקסטון
סגן יו”ר
ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית


The Great Embrace: A Call to Action

חיבוק של אומה: קול קורא לעשייה


There is something you can do.

Throughout their ordeal, the families of Eyal Yiftah, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaer have repeatedly expressed their appreciation for the overwhelming support they have received from Jews around the world, declaring that it has been an amazing source of strength for them.

While their loss is inconsolable and the horrific pain will be theirs to bear eternally, perhaps we can offer them a modicum of comfort by demonstrating that the tragedy that has befallen them has palpably increased for all of us the spirit of “ahavat Yisrael” – the unity of our people.

Accordingly, we call upon you to join us in “The Great Embrace,” a campaign the World Zionist Organization has launched to get as many people as possible to write letters to the families, which we will deliver to them personally at the conclusion of the “shloshim,” the 30-day period of mourning.

Write one yourself and organize others to write as well. Even one line will be appreciated. They can be e-mailed to us at wzoInfo@wzo.org.il or posted to: Office of the Vice Chairman, World Zionist Organization, P.O.Box 92 Jerusalem 91000.

May the memory of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad be for a blessing and may our embrace of their families provide them some comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, a sentiment that takes on even greater meaning with Tisha b’Av just over the horizon.

יש משהו שאתם כן יכולים לעשות

במהלך ימי הייסורים של משפחות הנערים אייל יפתח, נפתלי פרנקל וגיל-עד שער, חזרו והביעו בני המשפחות את הערכתם והוקרתם לתמיכה הגורפת שהם זכו לה מיהודים מרחבי העולם, שלדבריהם היתה מקור כח בלתי נדלה עבורם.

בעוד אובדנם בלתי ניתן לנחמה וכאבם המחריד יהיה מנת חלקם לעד, אולי יכולים אנחנו להציע להם ולו קורטוב של נחמה בכך שנפגין באופן מוחשי את אותה “אהבת ישראל” שאיחדה את עמנו, לנוכח הטרגדיה שבצער רב נפלה בחלקם.

לפיכך, אנחנו קוראים לכם להצטרף אלינו ל”חיבוק של אומה”, קמפיין שהשיקה ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית במטרה להגיע לכמה שיותר אנשים על מנת שיכתבו מכתבי תמיכה למשפחות הנערים, שאנחנו באופן אישי נעביר לידיהם בתום שלושים ימי האבל. 

תכתבו מכתב פרי עטכם ודאגו לדרבן אחרים לעשות כמוכם, אפילו שורה אחת תמצא משמעות והערכה. את המכתבים שלחו לדוא”ל שלנו wzoinfo@wzo.org.il או למשרדינו בכתובת: לשכת סגן היו”ר, ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית, ת.ד. 92 ירושלים 91000.

יהיה זכרם של אייל, נפתלי וגיל-עד ברוך ומי ייתן וחיבוקנו את המשפחות יעניק להם ולו מעט נחמה בתוך אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא ידעו לדאבה עוד, ברגש שנדבך נוסף של משמעות ניצק בו כשתשעה באב עומד בפתחנו.

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Zionist Organizations March in Celebrate Israel Parade

With hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lining the Celebrate Israel Parade route on June 1, the American Zionist Movement and World Zionist Movement brought Zionist organizations together in a major display of unity and passion. Though the diversity within the Zionist movement was evident, the real story was the unity of purpose that brought all the groups together. Under the watchful eyes of Theodor Herzl, the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Friendship Caravan sang and danced on the float to the delight of the Zionist leaders and spectators. A colorful and iconic image of the Zionist Movement’s founder was featured on the float and on the bright green flags spread throughout the entire delegation.

Following the float were marchers representing Zionist organizations from all over the religious and political spectrums, from AMIT to Emunah to Ameinu and Bnai Zion; from Hadassah and Young Judaea to Habonim Dror and Hashomer Hatzair. Mercaz USA, the Zionist arm of the Conservative Movement, had marching delegations from two major synagogues, Town and Village Synagogue and Forest Hills Jewish Center, along with a number of individual members marching under its banner. ARZA, a major group in its own right, showed their connection to AZM and WZO by carrying the same green flags bearing Herzl’s image as they brought the Zionist delegation to a colorful conclusion.

It was a great day for Israel and Jewish people, and an historical one for the Zionist Movement in the United States, which reflected its full range of ideals while embracing Israel as one.

 

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Posters of Pre-State Israel Give Special Insight Into Zionism

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These 18 authentic posters from pre-state Israel and its early years of independence give expression to the ideals on which the Zionist movement was founded, the challenges it has had to contend with since its outset and the remarkable achievements characterizing its first decades.

More than an important historical record, this collection 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 fulfillment of the Zionist dream. Printed on each poster is a brief description of its contents in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and French, providing context and background enhancing appreciation of its message and associated values.

In addition to being suitable for display in schools, Jewish community centers, synagogues, youth movement clubs, community institutions, camps, offices and homes, these posters constitute a rich resource for informal educational activity on the Zionist vision and the realities that the movement has had to face.

Read what the Jerusalem Post wrote about the posters (PDF file)

Special introductory offer:

Full set of 18 posters (50 x 70 cm. / 20 x 28 in.): $65 in celebration of Israel’s 65 years. (Prices will increase at the end of November.)

1 poster: $10

5 posters: $25

10 posters: $40

wufooShipping is included in all prices. Purchase a full set of 18 posters and get 3 additional posters FREE! It’s easy to order using our Wufoo purchase form.

Purchase Your Poster(s) Here.

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Conference on Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

On December 8, join the American Zionist Movement, the World Zionist Organization and the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to explore Antisemitism today, how it manifests itself and ask whether anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. Featured speakers include author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, US Special Envoy Ira Forman, Deputy Minister of Defense MK Danny Danon,  and Israeli actress Mili Avital.

To see the program: DRAFT PROGRAM 

To register: REGISTER (no longer accepting online registrations. You can register on Sunday at 130 E.59th Street) conference@azm.org

This program will be live streamed. Visit the iZionist site for more details on the day of the program.

 

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Moynihan’s Moment by Professor Gil Troy

Moynihans Moment Hardcover 300dpiGil Troy is a leading political historian, and one of today’s most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He is Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal, and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Professor Troy’s articles have been published in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post, and is Editor-at-Large of the “Open Zion” blog on The Daily Beast. Professor Troy is the author of eight books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In his newest book, Moynihan’s Moment, which was just published by Oxford University Press, Professor Troy combines his expertise in American history with his passion for Israel. Moynihan’s Moment tells the previously untold story of the 1975 UN resolution that called Zionism a form of racism, and the remarkable fight–led by legendary statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan–to prevent its passage. Jewish Ideas Daily included Moynihan’s Moment in its list of the Best Jewish Books of 2012. Elie Wiesel has called it “superb,” and has said that “it demonstrates [Gil Troy’s] power of critical analysis as well as his commitment to what is eternal and noble in Jewishness.”

Buy now for $20.00


To learn more about Gil Troy, please visit www.giltroy.com.

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Mayor of Migdal HaEmek Promotes His City

In an effort to promote the Israeli city of Migdal HaEmek as a destination for American olim, Mayor Eli Barda met with representatives from across the Jewish non-profit world on June 4. At a luncheon sponsored by the American Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization and hosted by AZM leader Marlene Post, the Mayor praised his city and shared its merits with leaders from a range of religious and ideological backgrounds, including MASA Israel Journey, Hadassah, Mercaz, ARZA, Neot Kedumim and the Jewish Agency. Barda was joined by Migdal HaEmekl’s city planner, Ronen Peleg.

According to Barda, Migdal HaEmek’s population is comprised of immigrants from many countries. But, knowing how much the city has to offer, he noted that he’d like to encourage Anglos to move there and create their own communities. He emphasized that the city is open to people from any and all religious backgrounds, and that there are plans to build 4,500 housing units that will accommodate varying religious and communal needs.

The beauty of the Galilee and Migdal HaEmek’s convenience to several large cities are major selling points. In addition, the city focuses on education and has won several awards in recognition of its educational system. This is reflected in its job market: due to its many industrial zones, the city is known as the “Silicon Valley of the North” and has numerous job opportunities.

On this trip, Mayor Barda is visiting New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago as part of a promotion sponsored by Habayta, the WZO’s Aliyah Promotion Unit. By traveling to these major metropolitan areas, executives from Habayta hope they will reach both prospective American olim as well as advocates for local Jewish organizations who will continue to spread the word about Migdal HaEmek’s qualities.

For more information regarding Migdal HaEmek, please contact habayta@wzo.org.il or visit http://www.habaytamh.co.il/.

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Join the Intergenerational Dialogue with Muki Tsur

Muki Tsur, educator and raconteur, will address the theme: Gazing from Mount Nebo, with former students and youth movement participants from across the generations.  This is an  extraordinary opportunity to hear one of Israel’s leading educational thinkers and story-tellers.  This Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Muki was one of the 12 individuals who was asked to light one of the torches on Mount Herzl at the official public celebration, a high honor.

Join us for an evening to savor and  remember.

There is no charge to participate, but you must register.

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Voices Fellowship Program in Philadephia and New York

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Progressive Jewish communities in North America are often concerned about certain phenomena occurring in the Jewish State that they recognize as counter their conceptions of Jewish social justice.

It is time for us to come together and build an open and safe space for learning, questioning, and discussing the conflicts that arise in our commitments when we attempt to actualize various ideologies and values.

Four partners (AZM, Ameninu, World Zionist Organization and Binah) have joined together to bring these issues to the table. We believe in the importance of voicing opinions and listening to others’ opinions through learning ancient and modern text, meeting with academic speakers and organizational leaders, and engaging in respectful provocative conversation.  Through the process, we will find new and meaningful ways to grapple with the problematic realities facing world Jewry and the Jewish State.

The Voices Fellowship is a pilot program being launched in New York and Philadelphia this spring. The program is designed to engage its selected participants in a deep discussion about Judaism, Zionism, social justice and Israel. The questions raised will include issues of religious tolerance, human rights and democracy, as well as relations between Israel and Diaspora, Jewish values and collective responsibility.

If you  would like to see a program like this in your organization or community please contact AZM to explore the question.

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Asthrith Baltsan Presents “Hatikva” in New York City

This program is now fully subscribed and we cannot accept more reservations.

If you would like to hear Astrith Baltsan, and enjoy her entire 90 minute Hatikva program, we suggest you take advantage of her

April 11th performance of Hatikvah: Hope Reborn

Temple Israel
7:30 PM
112 E. 75th Street

To purchase tickets, please call: 212.415.5500

Or visit:  http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=91544

 

 

 

 

Take a mesmerizing journey on April 10th through the background and history of Israel’s national anthem, HaTikva.  Through a multi-media presentation, pianist Asthrith Baltsan reveals Hatikvah’ s past and its path to becoming the song of the Jewish People.

Register today

 

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Learn Some Hebrew Words and Roots;Learn About Zionism As Well

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This unit was written by Dr. David Breakstone
in association with Rabbi Miles B. Cohen
This publication is not going to make anyone fluent in either the Hebrew language or Zionist ideology. It does aim, however, to convey the vital importance of both to the future of the Jewish people.

Just as fidelity to the Hebrew language was a key to our redemption from Egypt (Midrash Vayikra Rabba 32:5), so, too, was it a key to our survival throughout the long exile from our homeland. Dispersed to the four corners of the earth, our diligence in continuing to study and pray in Hebrew united us in a collective bond to our common inheritance and its values. Tzedakah, hesed, tikkun olam, am segullah, aliyah, and shalom are just a few of the myriad words and phrases that define who we are with meanings and associations that cannot be fully appreciated in translation. And then a century ago, by virtue of the assiduousness of our forebears throughout the generations, the early Zionists were able to revive Hebrew as a dynamic language enabling those returned onto Zion to conjoin not only with their heritage but also with one another. Enlarging the circle of those able to do so is fundamental to the Zionist vision, predicated as it is on the unity of the Jewish people.

 

Naturally, then, this conviction is integral to The Jerusalem Program, the ideological foundation of the Zionist Movement. It consists of a basic statement of principles to which all who would call themselves Zionists are bidden to agree, a unifying statement pulling together into a single force those holding a broad spectrum of diverse beliefs and ideologies but who together comprise a single, cohesive World Zionist Organization. It also establishes the tone and direction of Zionism today, as subscribing to it not only affirms one’s belief in the right of the Jewish people to a state and homeland of its own, but also expresses our hopes and aspirations for the society we would wish to create there, as well as for the relationship we would like to see develop between the Jewish state and the Jewish people everywhere.

 

In creating this unit, then, the World Zionist Organization and its affiliate, the American Zionist Movement, hope to stimulate those using it to engage in a deeper exploration of the ideological underpinnings of Zionism and the richness of the Hebrew language, and to see both as treasures to be embraced and embedded in their own lives.

 

CoverZionistHebrew Intro The lessons of עִבְרִית צִיּוֹנִית – Zionist Hebrew are designed in a modular fashion so that they may be used in a variety of venues, ranging from a 10-minute opening of a meeting or event to a series of 45-minute sessions. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 1 Learn about the meaning of Tokhnit תָּכְנִית in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 2 Learn about the meaning of Ahdut אַחְדוּת in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 3 Learn about the meaning of Aliyah עֲלִיָּה in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 4 Learn about the meaning of Hevra חֶבְרָה in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 5 Learn about the meaning of Lashon לָשׁוֹן in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 6 Learn about the meaning of Hagannah הֲגַנָּה in The Jerusalem Program. Read more
CoverZionistHebrew Lesson 7Learn about the meaning of Yishuv יִשּׁוּב in The Jerusalem Program. Read more

 

 

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