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Do Jewish Students Feel Left Out of the Left?

Posted on June 18th, 2018
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org

When Jonathan Taubes was in high school, he read a lot of Noam Chomsky – so much so that Taubes and his friends jokingly refer to him as the Rebbe, or teacher. Chomsky, an American historian and social critic, writes about a diverse array of topics: Zionism, anti-Zionism, socialism and every other –ism imaginable.

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Working With Student Gang Members Changed Me

Posted on June 11th, 2018
By Danielle Neuwirth, THE CONSPIRACY, newvoices.org 

In the spring semester of my junior year, Jose* started hanging out with my friend group. The problem was he also hung out with local gang members.

Jose was from south of Worcester, Massachusetts. As a fellow Puerto Rican, he came to me for assistance when he was kicked out of his home, hoping to change course. And as a Worcester State University student, he knew my school offers help to college students struggling with gangs. Jose tried to get help from my professors, but he was too far into gang life to make his way out. While trying to help Jose, I met his friend Pablo*, who wanted assistance, as well. This is how I began working with students involved in gang activity – and embarked on hopefully a lifelong career of social work.

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My Israel

Posted on June 11th, 2018
From UJS.org

This year, Israel celebrates its 70th year of independence, where everyone who is somewhat touched by Israel’s culture, history, or religiosity can come together and share their own personal reflections and experiences with Israel.

My own experience of Israel, started in a small town called Ramat Sharet, in Jeruselam, where I was born and raised for 5 years, along with my sister. When I turned 5, Jerusalem resembled a battlefield, where Israeli citizens feared for their lives, on what I later found out was referred to as the period of the second Intefada, or the second Palestinian uprising.

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Diller Tikkun Olam Award

Posted on June 4th, 2018

Do you know a teen Who is worthy of this $36,000 award?


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Why I Made Aliyah as a 24-Year-Old American

Posted on May 28th, 2018
By Anya Friedman-Hutter for Hadassah Magazine

“Why are you here?”

It was my fourth day in Israel as a new immigrant and my first day on the job as an educator for one of Israel’s largest youth movements—and I was startled to be asked such a direct question.

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