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Part 13: “The new Apartheid road’

Our second speaker was an advisor to the Negotiation Affairs Department. I was immediately concerned when in her opening remarks she dropped the following line, "We will be driving on the new apartheid road". No explanation. Just dropping a word bomb on us and moving...

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Part 12: ‘End of the occupation’

It's hard to believe that this is the last day of this experience. It's been a very challenging and rewarding one that will take much unpacking and processing. Today's first presenter was Sam Bahour. Born in Youngstown, Ohio to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese...

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Part 11: The journey winds down

After checking in to our hotel in Ramallah (which is really, really nice - a 5-star place which I didn't expect here), we met for a walk about the city. The first thing I noticed was the traffic. There were a lot of cabs and traffic was brutal. There was a lot of new...

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Re-imagining young family engagement

In April, Shalom Families Co-chair Fiona Anavi and I had the privilege of representing PJ Library Greater Orlando at the 9th Annual PJ Library Conference at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD. More that 200 participants from five...

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RAISE Thanks Robin Hoffman and Alexis Latimore!

RAISE is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to film a Promotional Video thanks to the generosity of Robin Hoffman and Alexis Latimore. Robin Hofmann of Hoffy's Heart is the producer of Bake With Me, a YouTube video series that gives a voice to individuals...

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RAISE Employee of the Month

Isabelle has been an Employee of the JCC Fitness Center since October 2018 and recently, an appreciated member of the JCC office staff. At the fitness center, Isabelle works to keep the gym equipment sparkling clean and sanitized and the towels washed, dried, folded...

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Mia named RAISE Employee of the Month!

Mia has been a valuable RAISE Employee and member of the JCC and the Jewish Academy of Orlando staff October 2018. At the JCC, Mia helps to sort the mail, scan papers, vacuum the offices, and do any needed clerical work. At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, Mia assists...

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Representing Orlando in the desert!

  Our delegation traveled to the desert in Israel on Thursday, where we proudly unfurled our Jewish Federation/JOIN banner. (The trip is co-organized and subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and JOIN Orlando).  

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