A festival in the Israeli wilderness promoted love around the world, and I took a lot of photos there

Posted on April 23rd, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine 


Check out my cool photos of people camping, singing and being awesome together at the annual Rainbow Gathering last week.


At Rainbow Gatherings, massive crowds camp and celebrate together in the wilderness, a little like Burning Man. All is free (even food and water), and campers form communities overnight.

The first gathering was held in the U.S. in 1972, and these gatherings have since spread around the world. That's how I ended up at the Israeli Rainbow Gathering last week, where I took a lot of photos ...

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A Social-Justice Oriented Gap Year Program: Tzedek America

Posted on April 16th, 2017
From GrokNation


Mayim (Bialik) spoke with Emily Heaps, a participant in the premiere class of this new program


Mayim Bialik: What is Tzedek America?

Emily Heaps: Tzedek America is a social justice-oriented gap year program. All of us who are in TA just graduated high school; we are all eighteen or nineteen and we live together in a house with an RA (residence advisor) supervisor. We come from all across the US. We learn to take care of a house and cook and manage our finances, and for the year we are here, we choose to be part of a social justice-focused internship. Another part of the program is that we go on trips. We just went to Phoenix; we’re going to Guatemala soon* to do social impact work. And since TA is a Jewish gap year program, we do a lot of Jewish learning with different teachers and organizations; we go to different synagogues and spend time with different families to learn about how different Jews observe.

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Students At Toronto University Adopt Broad Definition Of Anti-Semitism

Posted on April 9th, 2017
By Marcy Oster for The Forward


The student union at Ryerson University in Toronto has voted to adopt a broad definition of anti-Semitism.

The definition adopted last week includes the denial of the Jewish right to self-determination, the application of double standards to the State of Israel, the comparison of contemporary Israeli policies to that of the Nazis, and the use of symbols or imagery associated with classic anti-Semitic tropes, according to Bnai Brith Canada.

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Twinned college radio shows get Israelis and Canadians on the same wavelength

Posted on April 2nd, 2017
BY DANA WACHTER for The Times of Israel


Through Radio Gesher, students at Western Ontario University and Sapir University in Sderot become on-air pen pals, sharing personal stories and pop culture


Maybe it’s a matter of the grass being greener on the other side, but university students in Canada and Israel seem to disagree on which country has the hotter guys.

In a recording from students at Sapir College in Sderot, one student radio host tells students from the University of Western Ontario that she visited Canada once, and she was struck by the beautiful men she saw in the grocery store.

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PBS Panel Discussion on BDS: University Students Indoctrinated to View Jews, Israelis as ‘Bad,’ Palestinians as ‘Victims’

Posted on March 26th, 2017
by Lea Speyer, the algemeiner.com


Identity politics are leading to the indoctrination of university students to view Jews and Israelis as “bad” and Palestinians as “victims,” a prominent American social psychologist warned on Monday.

Jonathan Haidt — professor of ethical leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business — made this assertion during a panel discussion on PBS‘ “Charlie Rose,” with guest moderator Dan Senor — co-author of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle — and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

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