Natalie Portman, Jewish mom of two, actor, and activist, just pulled out of attending the ceremony for this year's Genesis Prize, a prestigious award often called the "Jewish Nobel."
While Portman,…born in Jerusalem, was initially proud to accept the prize when she was announced as the winner last year, she decided not to attend the upcoming June awards ceremony in Israel because of recent events in the country. The Genesis Prize Foundation said Portman's representative told them that she "does not feel comfortable participating in… >> Read More
Rebecca Affachiner is often called “the Betsy Ross of Israel."
She's earned the moniker because she was the first person to fly the Israeli flag — and a homemade one, at that — over the…newly created state of Israel in 1948. What's her story? Well, she was born in 1884 on New York's East Side. She became a public school teacher and received an education at the Jewish Theological Center in 1907, where she was its first female graduate. When World War I erupted, Affachiner volunteered to join the first… >> Read More
I love Israel, but I also recognize that it isn’t a perfect place. I have mixed feelings about the Jewish state’s politics and policies — but that matters exactly 0% in the approach I take…toward sharing Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, with my kids. The definition of “independence” is not something most little kids can easily articulate, which can make a meaningful recognition of Yom Ha’atzmaut — which starts this year on the evening of Wednesday, April 18 — difficult with very young children. Difficult, perhaps — but not impossible.… >> Read More
Right in time for Wednesday evening, the start of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day, which commemorates the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948), your favorite Jewish a capella…group is back with an original song. Yup, we're talking about The Maccabeats. They produced an original song and video for "Megillat Ha'atzmaut,"composed by Jacob Spike Kraus, which draws lyrics from Israel's Proclamation of Independence. We're not going spoil the song for you. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6UcozPpJvs >> Read More
Merav Ben Ari, 42, has one of the hardest jobs in Israel: she’s a politician! But the most important thing in her life is being a mother. She made history by becoming the first member of the…Knesset (the Israeli parliament) to ever have a baby using in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. Ben Ari, who has been very public about her journey to motherhood, says she wants to “be a model to other women, to know that they can do it and keep their career” and look for love, but be more relaxed… >> Read More