Jewish Festivals Foster Pride, Learning Experiences

As we look forward to celebrating at Temple Israel's Jewish Cultural Festival, we're reminded how much celebrating Judasim brings people together. Not only does it provide a safe environment to explore our own Jewish culture and heritage, it also promotes learning and exploration for an entire community. In Hungary, the Joint Distribution Committee sponsors Judafest. In Dayton, we have Temple Israel's Jewish Cultural Festival. Though separated by continents, the overall goals tie directly into Tikkun Olam. Did you know that Budapest is also one of Dayton's Partnership2Gether regions?

Displaced Again, One Woman Struggles to Survive in Ukraine

As a teenager during World War II, Aza and her mother fled to Central Asia after the Nazis invaded her native Ukraine and her father was killed on the front lines. Even when it was considered safe enough to return, mother and daughter stayed away. With their hometown destroyed, they had nothing to go back to. Instead, they settled in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, now caught in the crosshairs of a country in crisis.

Falling In Love with Israel, Economically

"I'd never been to Israel before, I'm 58 years old now, I was 57 when I went. I said to myself, 'I'm long overdue', I really want to go. I may or may not go after this, but I really want to go", recalled Steve Renas, a retired forensic economist professor from Wright State University, with a PHD in forensic economy from Georgia State University. Steve and Aileen Adams visited Israel for the first time this past fall, and became connected to the region in a way he'd never thought he would.

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