September 21, 2014 / 26th of Elul, 5774
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The Boston-Haifa Connection has been changing lives and opening hearts since it was established by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the City of Haifa in 1989. The Connection builds “living bridges” between the sister cities and strengthens the social fabric of both societies.

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  • By Hannah Goldstein
    Diller Teen Fellows, Cohort 5

    The Diller Teen Fellows is a pluralistic, international, Jewish leadership program. Over the course of 15 months Fellows learn about themselves and the world around them through the four pillars of Diller: Tikun Olam, Leadership, Jewish Identity, and Israel. A huge part of the program revolves around a seminar in Israel where the Boston Cohort joins 19 other contingents to deepen their connections with and learn about the co...

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  • Young Leaders from Haifa and Boston in Haifa last March

          Young Leaders from Haifa and Boston in Haifa last March

     

    The following is an open letter written by residents of Haifa, Israel who are involved with the Young Leadership Committee of the Boston-Haifa Connection. The Young Leaders wrote this letter in response to the news that Jewish and pro-Israel students had been assaulted at a Boston rally protesting Israel's actions in Gaza earlier this month:

     

    "We were moved by the cour...

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  • By Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org

    created at: 2013-08-14HAIFA—Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and others.

    “What’s happening in the American Jewish community?” and how those events impact future support for Israel never seem to enter the convers...

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  • created at: 2013-07-16

     

    In April 2013 I traveled to Haifa, Israel to facilitate a community mural project as part of the Boston-Haifa Connection's new initiative called Horim Bamercaz. Boston and Haifa are sister cities with joint programming opportunities supported by CJP (the Jewish Federation in Boston). Horim Bamercaz is a program offering resources and services to new parents to support them in making healthy choices for their children in an attempt to lower the number of "at-risk" youth in...

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  • created at: 2013-06-05

    By Bob Nechin

    Ein Hod is an artists' village in Israel, just south of Haifa, not far from the Mediterranean coast. Nestled in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, we look down through olive groves and fields to the sea beyond. Ein Hod is home to over 130 artists, writers, sculptors, actors and craftspeople. Artists Ayelet Shefer, Maya Ofir, Ziva Kainer and I, together with our village manager Zion Gez, were invited by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to repre...

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  • created at: 2013-03-20

     

    This week, I'm starting to say goodbye to the people with whom I volunteer here in Haifa, which is crazy. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I moved to this wonderful city. In fact, it was just a few weeks ago. In such a short amount of time, I've surprised even myself with the depth of the relationships I've formed here. Haifa has great people, beautiful views, arguably the best falafel in Israel, and more. But the real key to my amazing time as a volunteer&nbs...

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    created at: 2013-02-07

     

    Moving to Israel from America is extremely difficult. Without much preparation I had to stop my life, get on a plane, and start living in a new place. Without realizing it, cherished traditions like “family dinner night” and Thanksgiving Dinner became figments of my past-life, and there seemed to be little hope of rekindling my customs. Luckily for me, a strong family is considered a Jewish value and upon moving to Haifa I was adopted by a loving &ldqu...

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  • created at: 2012-12-26

     

    On the tenth of December, the second day of Hanukkah, the Volunteering Subcommittee of the Boston-Haifa Connection Young Leadership Committee organized a festive event for parents and children from one of Boston-Haifa’s flagship programs "Horim Bamerkaz / Parents at the Center." There were different stations run by the volunteers including "sports" stations like a-candle-to-a-bottle, musical chairs and bowling. There were also creative stations where people made dre...

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  • By Rabbi Sharon Clevenger, Rashi School

    created at: 2012-12-20

     

    On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 35 Rashi students and 24 Leo Baeck Students visited with MA State Representative Ruth Balser.  Rep. Balser is Jewish, and graciously engages us each year in a visit that helps students consider what it means to be a Jewish lawmaker in a secular world.  She took the students, all in eighth grade, on a tour of the state house, pointing out noteworthy sights and explaining similarities and di...

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  • created at: 2012-12-20

     

    Two years after starting Yazamim B’Jeans (“Entrepreneurs in Jeans”), the CJP Boston- Haifa Connection’s flagship young entrepreneurs program based in Haifa, we were honored to have Jeff Swartz, formerly of Timberland, as a keynote speaker.

    It was a Tuesday night, the fourth candle of Chanukah, and our community of young adult entrepreneurs gathered for some jelly donuts (sufganiot), candle lighting led by Mr. Swartz and an inspiring talk that he h...

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