Monday, April 24, 2017
By Bob Weiss, Yerucham Task Force member
We just completed the first ever Ride for Yerucham and we can’t wait to get started on next year’s event.
The ride from April 2-6, four days of off-road Negev spectacle and a blessed day of spa relaxation, was centered in Yerucham, which I would argue is the most interesting town in the Negev. Each night we stayed in the lovely Desert Iris Hotel, and biked out each day to a different place in the Negev. We were furnished with new mountain bikes and helmets, and had professional guides and support every mile of the way.
Friday, April 21, 2017
|Photo: Christian Leue|
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|The author, far right, immediately felt welcomed by JNFuture.|
In the beginning of the maggid section of the Haggadah, we invite anyone who's hungry to join our Passover seder. One might think this is referring just to poor people who can't afford to purchase food for Passover. But another interpretation is to invite anyone you know who needs companionship. So during Passover it's a mitzvah to give money to the poor and go out of your way to befriend others. Passover is a time to unite, because we are all part of the Jewish people.
Monday, April 10, 2017
|The author and his son, who's teaching the family that every child has unique abilities.|
By Yossi Kahana, director of JNF's Task Force on Disabilities
We open the Seder with an open door, "Ha Lachma Anya": inviting in the hungry, the needy, and the enslaved, offering up the matzah as part of our welcome, a beautiful message offered freely, and inclusively to all. Then we read about the four sons, each representing a different type, a cross section of the Jewish nation. What links the four together, despite their very different personalities and levels of observance, is the fact that they are all an intrinsic part of the Jewish people. At Pesach, we celebrate together with them, as they all join us at the Seder table.
But there is also a fifth son -- one not mentioned in the Haggadah, and not discussed at the Seder, because he is usually not sitting with everyone else.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Margot Alfie, a JNF board member in Atlanta and personal chef extraordinaire, shared this recipe for a super easy, and super tasty, Passover dessert.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I think so.
My name is Roland Roth and I am the director for Jewish National Fund in the Pacific Northwest, a territory that covers my home state of Washington, plus Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. I have been in this position for almost two years and to say I love what I do, what we do, what JNF does… is an understatement.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
|Members of JNF's board of directors, including the author, on their recent mission to Israel.|
By Geri Shatz
A love letter to my JNF mission. Really? Yes, really.
I love to travel with you, even though you drive me crazy. You plan visits to the sites I want to see, but you act as if we'll never return and cram them in. You take me to the loveliest hotels and don't remind me of that when I complain about the shabbier ones. You begin my days so early I'm unprepared for the weather and end them taking me to communities in the dark. You're patient when I don't hear your instructions and intemperate when the bus driver doesn't.
You always give me too much to eat, but you never point out that no one forces me to eat all the chocolate. You talk too much and I tell you so. You remind me that I do the same. Luckily, you provide liquor when called for.