May 23, 2018

However you say it, there's little doubt that the connection between Israel and Indiana, specifically our Michiana community, has been strengthened over many years of Partnership trips and Shlichim (Israel Emissaries) representatives. 

We are very fortunate to have made deep and lasting bonds with both the people and the land of Israel. Here are just a few stories from our community.

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May 22, 2018

September 2007, over 10 years ago (!) I said goodbye to my family and friends and got on a plane to the US. Being 22, right out of the army, without knowing anyone in South Bend I decided to come and spend a year working with the Jewish community in the St. Joseph Valley region, to educate about Israel, about the diversity of its people, the views, the history, the language.

May 21, 2018

Debby Barton Grant says her first awareness of Israel may have been bringing five dollars to Temple Beth-El Religious School to buy a tree for the Jewish National Fund’s forests. Or it may have been helping out at Super Sunday and understanding that the dollars raised were going to help build Israel. Or it may have been seeing photographs from her grandparents’ trip in the 1970s. In any event, Israel has...

May 20, 2018

Going back to Israel was an easy decision for Pat Boettcher who recently returned from his second trip to Israel. In 2004 he and his wife, Mara, ventured on a historical trip led by Rabbi Shoshana Feferman and Ossie Meisel. Just last month he and Mara went on the Food and Arts Community Trip led by Rabbi Karen Companez and co-sponsored by Temple Beth-El, Sinai Synagogue and our Jewish Federation. What has c...

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