Archives for June 2016

2016 Purim Focuses on the Brave Soldiers in Jerusalem

At a Yom Kef held in at a Magav station Old City of Jerusalem this week it was made abundantly clear just how meaningful a small thank-you can be. 400 of the border patrol and police were feted by AZM and the Zionist Council and given mishloach manot, and personal thanks from our American donors.

Purim is in fact the most difficult day of the year for these brave young people.  Everyone is in costume and carrying packages.  How do you let the public enjoy the holiday and still protect them? Did you ever think about that? It is a challenge.

In addition to bringing gifts to the Magav headquarters, some young people brought their offerings right to some soldiers on duty by the Kotel.   A

 

 

Help us reach more soldiers and police.  Tell them that you care and that we thank them.  Every donation counts!

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

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.