Heightened Sense of Unity for NCSY Teens Visiting Israel During the War in Gaza

Heightened Sense of Unity for NCSY Teens Visiting Israel During the War in Gaza

The summer of 2014 will no doubt be known as the Summer of the War in Gaza. But despite the war – or perhaps because of it—for teens who participated in NCSY Summer Programs, they will remember it as the Best Summer Ever.

It wasn’t always smooth sailing. The war wasn’t far away. NCSY took utmost precautions to keep the teens out of harm’s way. Meanwhile NCSYers found new connections to Am Yisrael while seeing parts of the country they didn’t expect.

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1 September 2014 / 6 Elul 5774

Heightened Sense of Unity for NCSY Teens Visiting Israel During the War in Gaza

The summer of 2014 will no doubt be known as the Summer of the War in Gaza. But despite the war – or perhaps because of it—for teens who participated in NCSY Summer Programs, they will remember it as the Best Summer Ever.

Tisha b'Av at OU Israel Center

Sunday evening August 3, there will be a special lecture on chizuk and direction before Tisha b’Av by Rabbi Dovid Miller, Rosh Yeshiva Gruss Kollel and Yeshiva University Mashgiach Ruchani.

Monday evening August 4, seudat mafseket at 7:00 PM followed by Ma’ariv at 8:00 PM. Eicha will be read by Rabbi Neil Winkler.

Tuesday August 5, Shacharit at 8:00 AM followed by Kinot at 9:00 AM with Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Weinreb assisted by Rabbi Neil Winkler. This will be a worldwide webcast.
Second Shacharit minyan: 8:30 AM. Traditional NCSY Kinot. Commentary by Dr. David Luchins. Kinot led by Dr. Ronnie Wachtel.

OU Mission in Dimona: The Israel that People Don't Think About

After spending Shabbat in Sderot the OU Mission spent the next two days in the south.They met with individuals who have lost family members as well as those who have been wounded or traumatized. They also met with religious, political and military leaders in different communities in the south.

Rabbi Rabbi Barry Kornblau, of Young Israel of Hollis Hills-Windsor Park, NY, who wrote about Shabbat in Sderot now shares his impressions of Dimona.

OU Solidarity Mission Spends Shabbat Masei in Sderot

Astonishing. Overpowering. Inspiring. Loud. Unforgettable.

These are words that describe the OU Mission Shabbat in Sderot, 2 kilometers from Gaza border, and at its hesder yeshiva, whose students learn Torah and serve in the IDF.

Bomb shelters are everywhere in Sderot. Buildings, schools, playgrounds, and bus stops are made of thick, reinforced concrete, to protect residents against the relentless Kassam rockets which Hamas has been firing at them for more than a decade.

Max Steinberg ז"ל: A Hero Who Rekindled the Zionist Spirit

An estimated 30,000 Israelis from all over the country paid their respects to Max Steinberg ז”ל who was buried in Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl military cemetery today. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19.

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Officer Cadets Visit The Gush

If you’re an Israeli soldier with limited exposure to Jewish history, to Torah, and to religious Jews, it may sometimes be difficult to understand what you’re fighting for and who you represent. Which is why OU Israel’s Mashiv HaRuach program brought a group of 250 soldiers to spend the day in Gush Etzion.

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Purim in Ramat Aviv

On Purim night, OU Israel’s Lev Yehudi program hosted an evening of grogger making, megillah reading and entertainment. Children came in costume and made noisemakers to drown out the name “Haman” as they listened to the scroll being read. Batman, Superman, Princesses, Butterflies, Minnie Mouse, Cats, Soldiers and more (and their parents) were in attendance.

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200 Pairs of Tefillin to Golani Soldiers

During Operation Cast Lead many soldiers saw, or found, God in the many miracles they witnessed, and sought protection from a force greater than themselves. Requests for tefillin poured in to the IDF Rabbinate. The OU, through their Mashiv HaRuach program helped fill the need. On January 18, 2009 200 pair of tefillin were delivered to soldiers serving in Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.

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Getting Together

Knowing only the differences that divide them, religious and secular school students gather, and talk, to learn about the similarities that unite them.

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Visit to Sderot - May 2008

Therapists worked with the teens of Sderot throughout the year. At the last session before summer break, the girls were still scared, but they felt stronger and better prepared to deal with fears, emotions and trauma of living with daily rocket fire.

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