Israelis and Americans: A New Paradigm of Interdependence

Israelis and Americans: A New Paradigm of Interdependence
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Rabbi Amitai Fraiman

Founder | שזור/Interwoven

You thought bridging the gap between Israelis and Americans was difficult? "I thought I was being friendly. It turns out I was being a nudnick. I thought I was building bridges--turns out I was just puttin... See more

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למען תזכור כי היית חלש | מיכה גודמן

האתגר שהציונות הדתית צריכה לשים על השולחן התרבותי הישראלי הוא השילוב שבין חשדנות פוליטית כלפי אויבינו לבין רגישות חברתית כלפי המיעוטים שבתוכנו אחד המיתוסים המסוכנים ביותר שאנשים דתיים מאמינים בו לא פעם הוא המיתוס שלפיו הדת מגוננת על מי שמקיים אותה. על פי אמונה זו, השתתפות בטקסים דתיים מעניקה הגנה לאנשים הנוטלים חלק בפולחן.

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The New Year for Globalists & Nationalists

Extreme nationalism of the right wants to erect barriers and bring us back to a mythical particular past that never was; extreme universalism of the left wants to take us to a homogenized utopia that will never be. But Judaism has a third way to propose: the universal and the particular can coexist as they do in our calendar.

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Hillel Talks Alon Friedman

אלון פרידמן, מנכ""ל הלל ישראל, בהרצאה בסגנון ""טד"" שהתקיימה בכנס הלל בינלאומי בארה""ב בדצמבר 2017 בפני קהל של למעלה מ1,000 איש. Alon Friedman, Hillel Israel's Director General, in a ""TED"" style talk at Hillel International Global Assembly, December 2017

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Rabbi Amitai  Fraiman, 

Founder | שזור/Interwoven

Rabbi Amitai Fraiman, born and raised in Jerusalem, currently lives in NYC with his wife, Michal, and two daughters- Mia and Yahli. Spending time with family and friends, hiking, and music are his favorite activities. Before moving to the US, Amitai studied at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, served as an IDF Tank Commander and completed with honors his BA in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. While at Herzliya, Amitai and Michal were sponsored to live in an underserved community and volunteer with local youth and their families. Since moving to NYC, Amitai received his rabbinic ordination from YCT Rabbinical School as well as his dual Masters in Public Administration and Hebrew and Judaic studies from NYU. Amitai has designed and executed innovative educational curricula, spirituality retreats, ceremonies as well as a unique baby-girl naming ritual. Currently, Amitai is developing שָׁזוּר/Interwoven, a “reverse-Birthright-like” organization aiming to introduce Israelis and Americans to the building blocks and specific contexts of Jewish life in America. שָׁזוּר/Interwoven is an independent initiative fiscally sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, with the ultimate goal of creating the conditions for a more productive relationship between the two epicenters of world Jewry.