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Last week, an official joint project was launched between the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) created by the late Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away in February, and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). The project is “an Israel Engagement Initiative” for Reform congregations across North America, beginning with 30 selected congregations in what is being billed as the first stage of the initiative.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2013
Some 900 students from middle school and high school came to Israel for the 30th annual JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, which runs through Aug. 5. When the JCC Association of North America decided to move its annual summertime American Jewish athletic competition to Israel for the first time, interest in going to Israel for the games soared -- after the JCC Association secured assurances from Birthright that participating in the games would not make teenagers ineligible for Birthright trips.
Updated: Aug. 07, 2011