Category: Jewish

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Who Let the Anti-Semitism of the 20th Century Out of the Bag in 2019?

It’s 2019, it’s sad but true, the ugly demon of anti-Semitism still exists and seems to be getting worse—or is it that the perpetrators feel it’s fine in today’s world to talk publically about their anti-Semitic beliefs? In writing this blog there were a staggering number of incidents with varying degrees of seriousness to choose…

The Western Wall

Teetering on the Edge of War— Gaza Shooting Rockets, Israel Defending Itself & the March of Return Anniversary Around the Corner. . .

Missiles fired from Gaza, Israel answering with air power destroying Hamas targets and build-up of Israeli troops near the Gaza border in response to the new violence and in preparation for the March of Return—will this grow into another ugly confrontation? I hope that isn’t the case but it’s not looking good. As if missiles…

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Israelis Notice the Palestinian Missiles, Shootings, Stabbings & Car Rammings—Wouldn’t You?

I recently attended a lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was given by Yehuda Kurtzer of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The subject was specifically entitled: “Together and Apart: The Future of the Israel-Diaspora Divide.” It was about how diversified we are as a people which goes beyond just the various denominations of the…

Blasted from Complacency: A Journey from Terror to Transformation in Israel

Welcome 2019!

Happy New Year! I’m so excited about starting 2019 and I hope you are too! It’s a tradition for me to look closely at the previous year, and plan for the new year. I always enjoy making a vision board as a reminder for what I’d like to accomplish. I keep it in my bedroom…

Penny S. Tee, Charlotte Korchak and USC Hillel students

Israel: The Complex Story is Never Thoroughly Told Merely by Looking at the Surface

I had so much fun attending USC’s Hillel JAA Speaker’s Series: “Israel Today: A Geopolitical Update” and listening to the speaker, Charlotte Korchak, Director of International Student Programs for StandWithUs and alumna of USC. I immediately felt like she was part of my mispachah (family). She did what I do (speak about Israel in a…

Four Ways to Make Book Marketing Fun

Recently I attended a talk by Kathryn Kemp Guylay, owner of MakePublishingFun.com. It was fun and engaging, which I think are the trademarks of how she exists in this world. I learned a variety of ways to market books—just what the doctor ordered. I don’t know about you but marketing seems to be the scourge…

Jewish National Fund Annual Conference

The Jewish National Fund: A Protective Womb for Israel & Jews, Defying the Horror of Pittsburgh’s Synagogue Killings

I recently returned from attending my first Jewish National Fund Annual (JNF) Conference. On the one hand, it was a lovefest for Israel and Jews. Am Yisrael Chai (the Jewish Nation lives). On the other, what happened during the conference exposed the underbelly of hatemongers in the United States. I had newly become part of…

Knowledge for College

“Knowledge for College:” Warning for Jewish College Students & Parents

Is your high school student looking at potential colleges? They’ve done the best they can in their classes and on their SAT’s and ACTs. They’ve worked at being a good citizen and written their essays to prove it. You’ve checked out the universities online and hopefully had an opportunity to visit the campuses. Everyone in…

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