BDS onslaught drives Milan Chatterjee to activism

The son of immigrants from India, Milan Chatterjee grew up deeply immersed in Indian and Hindu culture. Though he became president of the UCLA Graduate Students Association, he was apolitical. So when he was targeted by supporters of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, he was very surprised but assumed the university would deal with it….


The power of Hadassah returns to Portland

Portland’s Hadassah Chapter is important – so important that the director of Hadassah in Israel came to Portland to help re-invigorate the chapter. Barbara “BG” Goldstein hadn’t been in Portland for 38 years. But when her friend, Peg Elefant, president of Hadassah’s Pacific Northwest Region, asked, BG came. Peg has deep ties to Portland;  her…


Shared Vision, Shared Values at the IAC conference

Oregon Jewish Life Publisher Cindy Saltzman was among the 2,100 activists and leaders who descended on Washington, DC, Sept. 24-26 for the Israeli-America Council’s sold out national conference. Israeli and Jewish Americans gathered for three energizing days of inspiring lectures, workshops, panels and activities presented by 180 thought leaders from across the nation, Israel and…


Sukkot in Israel: The weather is fine

In the Book of Leviticus, Moses tells the Israelites that beginning on the 15th day of the seventh month (counting from Nissan, the month containing Passover), “You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live…


IAC National Conference Highlights

Senator Charles Schumer, at IAC National Conference: “U.S. should never use the UN as a forum to put pressure on Israel.” On Sept. 25, Senator Charles Schumer addressed 2,100 activists and leaders at the Israeli-American Council’s National Conference with strong words in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship. “The U.S. must always come to the aid…


Kids with special needs find wings

In a country where accessibility to buildings and youth groups is limited, children with mobility issues or special needs are learning to soar with Krembo Wings. Founded in 2002, Krembo Wings is Israel’s only youth movement for children with special needs. Children with severe psychological, motor and cognitive disabilities are able to participate in a…

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