Millennial ‘Gatherings’ Bridge Cultural Gaps

Posted on July 17th, 2017
BY AMY SARA CLARK for The Jewish Week

Shabbat pilot program’s DIY vibe speaks to generation’s instincts.

When Ronit Levin Delgado signed up to host a Shabbat dinner that would bring together a cross-cultural group of millennials, she planned to keep it small. Living in a one-bedroom Prospect Lefferts Gardens apartment that realtors would call “cozy,” she figured she could accommodate at most 10 people.

But, being a typical Israeli, when people began asking if they could bring a friend — or two — she couldn’t say no. When the guest list hit 15, the multimedia artist got creative, giving the dinner a picnic theme, and painting several large forest-scapes to set the scene.

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The secret to creating pro-Israel youth is spelled AEPi

Posted on July 10th, 2017
Dr Mitchell Bard for The Times of Israel    

Hardly a day passes without an article appearing about the situation on college campuses, with the overwhelming majority claiming the campuses are awash in anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitism. Some hysterics have gone so far as to make the irresponsible claim that Jewish students are in danger. Along with these concerns, commentators lament the ignorance of young Jews, their apathy and reluctance to stand up for Israel. Everyone is looking for the silver bullet to energize Jewish students to become pro-Israel activists whose love for Israel is infectious, who have the knowledge to discuss Israel with their classmates, and who have the courage to stand up to the campus bullies. Well, I had to learn Greek, but I have found the silver bullet — Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi). According to pollster Frank Luntz, “no one has had a greater impact and instilled greater confidence among college Jews than AEPi.”

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A matchmaker's guide to starting a long-term relationship

Posted on July 3rd, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine 

A few tips can save you years of frustration.

Dating advice is often centered around meeting new, attractive people and getting them to go out with you. That's all well and good, but what if you're looking for something long-term? You might need to think about more than where to find women (everywhere) and how to take a headshot for your online dating profile.

Chaya Weisberg, a matchmaker living in Jerusalem, has thought a lot about this stuff, and she has advice for everyone who never wants to look at Tinder again.

Notice how they treat their families


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Get paid to play video games? Yes, please!

Posted on June 26th, 2017
by Meg C. Hall for FromtheGrapevine 

As spectator interest grows in the eSports arena, so do players’ paychecks.

If your parents told you that playing video games was a waste of time and money, start planning your “I told you so” speech right now, because professional video gaming is on the rise.

Competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is taking its place alongside traditional athletic events, and many anticipate it becoming the most popular spectator sport of the 21st century. More than 70 million people regularly stream eSports tournaments every year.

Championships are happening all across the globe. For example, last month, Israel hosted its first national video game championship. Called GameIn Pro, it drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 gamers and fans to the coastal Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv for two days of on-screen punches, sword slashes, magic potions and epic brawls.

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Alan Dershowitz: Harvard Was Wrong To Rescind Student Admissions Over Facebook Messages

Posted on June 19th, 2017

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the university was wrong to rescind the admissions of several students who posted offensive messages on a private Facebook group.

The messages reportedly mocked the Holocaust, sexual assault and domestic terrorism, among other topics.

“Punishing students academically for their political views or their personal values is a serious mistake,” Dershowitz, who had not seen the messages before he was interviewed, told the Boston Globe.  “These actions are not consistent with the spirit of the First Amendment.”

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