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Two Countries, One People

September 19th, 2014

In this week preceding Rosh Hashanah, I traveled from Israel to Ukraine and back, experiencing how we are bringing new beginnings to Jews around the world. I was joined by UJA-Federation of New York’s executive committee, on what was their first-ever mission to Israel as a group. Planning for this trip started last May, with the intention of marking my…

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Looking Back and Forward

September 5th, 2014

The first week of September is synonymous with “back to school,” a return to the full intensity of work and life after the lull of summer. But as we know well, this summer — tragically — was very different. Since the first weeks of July, we’ve been consumed with the crisis in Israel — mourning with Israel, rallying to voice…

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The Not-Forgotten Jews of Ukraine

August 22nd, 2014

Amid the ongoing critical crisis in Israel, including the recently resumed rocket attacks from Gaza, less attention has been focused on the continuing plight of the Jews of Ukraine, where for nearly nine months now, tens of thousands of Jews, many of them poor and elderly, have been suffering. Only a year ago, I was in Ukraine and saw the…

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Power of Community

August 1st, 2014

As the week winds down, the news from Israel is incredibly painful — including the heartbreaking news today of the kidnapped IDF soldier, Hadar Goldin. Right now, we are consumed with the weight of the crisis. But if there is some comfort to be had, it’s in the truly uplifting ways we’ve come together as a people and a community…

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Report From Solidarity Mission in Israel

July 30th, 2014

This morning, I got off the plane following an intense and emotional solidarity mission to Israel. Joined by 20 UJA-Federation of New York leaders, we went to Israel to provide comfort to Israelis, but in the end, it was they who comforted us. We witnessed the courage and resilience of those who have been living under direct threat for weeks…

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On the Front Lines with Israel’s Heroes

July 28th, 2014

On Saturday evening, 20 New Yorkers, lay leaders from UJA-Federation of New York, traveled to Israel on a two-day solidarity mission. We had come to Israel to provide strength and comfort to the people of Israel, but in the end, it was these incredible Israelis who strengthened and comforted us. These are just some of the people we met and their stories. DAY…

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Acts Big and Small

July 25th, 2014

This evening will mark the start of yet another Shabbat that Israelis have spent under attack. Like so many of us, I have friends and family in Israel, and some have sons in Gaza. As painful as this is, I am reminded that through acts big and small, we are a people and a community that comes together when it matters…

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July 15th, 2014

These are dark and trying times in Israel. With rocket fire reaching as far as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and farther north, no one is spared the anxiety of having to find safe shelter within seconds of a siren signaling “Code Red.” We may not know when life will return to normal, but we do know that when the people of…

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July 14th Press Conference: Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

July 14th, 2014

These are remarks from Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, made at a press conference outside New York’s City Hall on July 14th. The press conference was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and UJA-Federation was one of its co-sponsors. Thank you to all the speakers here today who stand in solidarity with…

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Memorial For Israel Teens

July 2nd, 2014

On July 1st, UJA-Federation of New York co-sponsored an emotional memorial service for the three Israeli teens who were recently kidnapped and killed. In a program organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and also co-sponsored by the New York Board of Rabbis, speakers included many members of Congress, the State Assembly, the New York City Council,…