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Karen Rubinstein  // Posts published by Karen Rubinstein

24 Jan Posted by | Comments

Tu B’Shvat in Israel is a Time for Rebirth

AZM Tu B'shvat in Israel

When I was a kid, Tu B’Shevat meant coming home from Hebrew School with a bag of fruits from Israel. It contained things that I’d never tasted before – dates, figs, bokser (carob tree pods); and, as a kid, those were things that I often hoped to never taste again. I still remember the time that a teacher told us that bokser tasted best if put in the toaster. The horrible smell in our home that night became a story that my family would not soon forget. For many of us, our first perceptions of Israel would come from a sensory picture painted for us of its nourishment and taste, a description of Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey. Even before we had an opportunity to visit Israel – or if we’ve never been so blessed –...

30 Oct Posted by | Comments

“Myself. One People. Our Israel.”

WZC 140

It was a slogan that was used to mobilize Israel’s supporters from all walks of life in the United States to vote in the World Congress elections. Vote you did. The results came in, delegates were elected and the slates that were chosen reflect those many voices; lots of diversity. With that diversity comes…. disagreement. The slates have very different views on what Israel stands for, what Israel should be, what American Zionism should look like, what Israel’s policies should be on many issues and even more! Yet they came to Israel as one delegation; as one community of American Jews who share a love for Israel. A delegation with a passion for Israel strong enough to have them leave their jobs and families to hash out and consider those disagreements not only with each other but with Jews from...

30 Mar Posted by | Comments

The Election is Over – Now Go and Vote

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a point as he addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington

An open letter to my American Jewish friends: Tell me you care by Dr. David Breakstone, vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization and international vice president of MERCAZ Olami. Exercise  your right to vote –  In a recent article, originally published in The Times of Israel, makes his case as to now that the Israel election is over, now is the time to go vote for Israel. PM Netanyahu stands before the U.S. Congress and claims to speak in your name. I’m not going to tell you whether you should feel reassured by that or enraged. I am going to tell you that you have a voice of your own, and a way to make it heard. Now that we who live in Israel have had our say regarding its future, it’s time for you to have yours. As...