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Academy parents volunteer near Gaza

In late July, Ronnie and Elliot Robinson, parents of alumni, traveled to Israel from Skokie to bring chizuk and supplies to soldiers and residents of the south. After a full day of traveling near the war zone, Ronnie wrote the following message to family and friends. She was kind enough to allow us to reprint…

Brie (Rouder) Reich '99 pictured with her family in Israel

Thoughts on Life in Israel

My son was on a school trip today to a new wonderful park in Bet Shemesh. He and some friends were climbing up a slide when the siren went off. The three of them slid down, all in a row, and hit the pavement. They lay on the ground with their hands over their heads…

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Alum Links Rockets to Online Clock

Aaron Friedman (’03) recently developed a website to show, in real time, the frequency of Hamas rockets against Israel. Israelhasbeenrocketfreefor.com launched last Friday by Aaron, who now lives in Efrat, Israel. He is the marketing manager at Curiyo in Jerusalem and was seeking a way to allow people around the world to visualize what it…

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On Living in the Land

Rebecca Nathan Kowalsky, Class of ’77 Life is a gift. Every breath we take. The simplest movement, the blade of grass in our front lawn—a wonder. Once we lose sight of those miracles we live life on a lower level of saturation; when not mindful about the moment we are in, we may be looking…

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Taking an Active Role on Part of Israel

What started as a love of Israel, sparked by her education and experiences at Hillel Torah, ICJA and Camp Moshava, led to a life of commitment to Israel advocacy for one ICJA alumna. “The days during our modern Jewish history class, in which Rabbi Matanky spent detailing and discussing the birth of the State of…

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We’ll Miss You, Rabbi Kroll!

Rabbi Kroll has been one of the best teachers I have ever had and one of the most charismatic. Sometimes the most dynamic teachers are those who have as much fun teaching the material, as the students have learning it. And I can assure you, I enjoyed learning it. Rabbi Kroll’s Chumash class was not…