Applications are currently being accepted for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s 2017 eight-day Israeli journey, co-sponsored by the Kansas City Kollel. I had the opportunity to participate in this program in the summer of 2014. I was not seeking the trip, and no one was encouraging me to go. I randomly ran into a woman I had never met before who asked me if I wanted to go to Israel — I said sure.
I was not sad on Monday when I found out more Jewish Community Centers had received bomb threats that forced evacuations. I was not sad later that day when I found out Chessed Shel Emeth Cemetery was vandalized and over 100 stones were toppled. I was not sad.
The issue of border security and whether or not it’s safe to welcome refugees is a hot topic in the United States. It’s something Israelis have been concerned about since before the birth of the Jewish State in 1948. Today, many Israelis are concerned about the plight of Syrian refugees.
I get so frustrated to see such blatant and pervasive bad journalism where lies are painted as truth as news stories, and where broadcasters and “Hollyweed” actors/actresses are suddenly experts in geopolitical/social/environmental issues.
I did some fact checking in regards to Lee Levin’s Feb. 9 letter (Muslim countries should welcome their own refugees) in support of banning Muslim refugees from entry to the U.S. The following is what my research found.
The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah loves refugees. We are committed to supporting refugees resettled in the Kansas City area, to educating the Jewish and general community about refugee resettlement, and to advocating to advance the cause of refugee resettlement and support in Kansas City and the United States.
In Israel, beauty is not only found on an off-road jeep tour through the Jordan Valley, residing in the disputed territory of the Galilee, with the height of the morning sun to shine the way. Nor only at the sight of a young boy playing and giggling next to the Western Wall, just to be shushed by an older man engrossed in prayer.