25
Mar

Flying to Redemption in the Holy Land

(Photo: Baz Ratner)

(Photo: Baz Ratner)

When today’s Freedom Flight touched down in Israel, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was at the airport to welcome the new olim (immigrants) to the Holy Land. Yael writes of the wonderful homecoming she witnessed – all made possible by The Fellowship’s faithful friends:

As I waved my Israeli flag, sang Hebrew songs based on words of the Bible, and danced with the younger generation of Jewish Russian immigrants, I realized that the timing of this Fellowship-chartered flight is very appropriate. Just one week before Passover, the holiday when we celebrate the Israelites going from slavery to freedom, these Jews experienced their very own redemption. They came from a life of fear, danger, and war in what many people call the biblical land of the north, to the ancient homeland of…

   
Posted in: Aliyah / Israel / olim
17
Mar

Lofty Lessons from the Lowest Place on Earth

(Photo: flickr/nas)

(Photo: flickr/nas)

Last Thursday I had the privilege of attending a friend’s wedding. The groom was a childhood friend who recently moved to Israel from Santa Cruz, California. While we lived thousands of miles apart for over two decades, we managed to stay in touch and kept the bond of friendship alive.

Though my dear friend and I have very similar backgrounds, our lives have taken somewhat different paths. I’m a pretty regular middle-of-the-road kind of guy, while my friend is anything but mainstream. I got married in the U.S. in a typical wedding hall, wore a suit and tie, and had a formal reception, but my friend Levi took a different approach to his nuptials.

Levi and his wife Alisa got married along the shore of the Dead Sea. Wanting to connect their wedding union with the land of…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Dead Sea / God
11
Mar

America and Israel in the World Today

Last week, Rabbi Eckstein addressed a group of The Fellowship’s donors and board members in Florida. Watch him speak about the concerns that Israel and America share in today’s world.

Posted in: America / Israel / Rabbi Eckstein
11
Mar

19 Under 19: Young Israelis to Watch

(Photo: flickr/RonAlmog)

(Photo: flickr/RonAlmog)

We here at 4Zion love the many areas in which Israel leads the way – technology, the arts, academia, etc. And with the amazing young people the Jewish state is turning out, it looks like such excellence is here to stay. Our friends at Israel21c have compiled a list of some of the amazing and accomplished young Israelis making a difference in various fields. Here are a few of them:

Avital Boruchovsky, 17, became the 2014 European Youth U18 Chess Champion after winning a four-hour game against a Spanish opponent last October. The 12th-grader from Rehovot won both the 2012 European Individual Chess Championship and the 2013 European Club Cup, and was crowned the youngest Israeli Grand Master in January 2014. He plays four hours a day at the Kfar Saba Chess…

   
Posted in: Arts / Israel / ISRAEL21c
3
Mar

Widen the Israel Discussion on Campus

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

As of late, 4Zion has been focusing on the anti-Israel leanings found on many college campuses. The bias and discrimination shown at places of higher learning is indeed alarming. In a thoughtful piece for The Jewish Week, Israeli Ambassador Ido Aharoni says that the discussion of Israel needs to be broadened, showing that Israel is a relevant nation of faith, science, and opportunity:

The majority of college students are not attracted to the politics of the Middle East. And as a result of only talking about Israel’s political reality, students do not see Israel as a people or a creative society. They have developed an inability to relate to our country.

Studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of Americans wholeheartedly support, care and stand with Israel, while 8…

   
Posted in: campus / higher learning / Ido Aharoni