Are we living the dream? Is the Israel we are living in now the promised land that we all waited and prayed for thousands of years? Today we celebrate Hag Ha’Pesah, a holiday devoted to recalling our journey from slavery in Egypt across the dessert, receiving the commandments at Har Sinai to finally reaching and entering the promised land, the Land of Israel. I wonder are we living the dream that our ancestors as newly liberated slaves dreamt those many years ago? Are we fulfilling the vision that Herzl had 100 years ago? Are we fulfilling the dreams of those Jews that were murdered in Europe more than 70 years ago? Did we make the Zionist dream come true?Read More
Yael was born in Tallahassee, Florida and moved to LA when she was in first grade. Her family made aliyah and now she lives in Givat Ada, which is a town in the Haifa District. Yael is the oldest of 3 girls in her family. She has a younger sister who is 14 years old and her baby sister is 3. Yael held a dual major in high school where she focused on Diplomacy and International Communications and theatre. Yael served on her student council, was a counsellor in the Tzofim and took part in Camp Kimama as a foreign exchange student in Amsterdam. In her free time, Yael enjoys going to the movies, hiking, sailing and running. Yael is looking forward to bridging the gaps between Israel and the Diaspora and bringing her Israel to our community.
Omri lives in Herzliya which is a city near Tel Aviv. As a child, Omri lived in LA until he was 9 when they moved to Caesarea where he learned to love Israel and become a proud Israeli. Omri is the youngest of 3 brothers. His oldest brother is a student at Hebrew U and his middle brother just finished his army service in the IDF. Omri majored in Theatre, Biology and International Relations in high school. Omri has a lot of hadraha/leadership experience from his time spend in the Tzofim. He also spent many summers back in the LA where he volunteered as a counselor in a summer day camp. Theatre and acting are Omri’s passion. He also enjoys tennis, running and exploring. Omri feels it is very important for Jews around the world to know that Israel is always there for them and for every person to develop their own connection to the holy land. By bringing his authentic Israel to Beth Tikvah, Omri looks forward to making those connections with our community.
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The wait is finally over after a very different election day in Israel. This time Netanyahu’s party “Likud” received only one seat more than the opposing party “Kachol Lavan”, led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. “Likud” gained 36 seats and “Kachol Lavan” gained 35 seats in the future Knesset. Even if Gantz gained more seats in these elections, Netanyahu would still be the winner of the 2019 elections. Out of 120 seats, the right-wing parties received 65 seats, while the central-left wing parties received 55 seats. In order to form a coalition, the government needs a majority of 61 seats in the Knesset, leaving Netanyahu in the sole position to do so.Read More