Two-Way Street

A Mazkirut member’s perception of the perception of the Mazkirut It is October 2001, and little Eli Maman is being taken to his first ever Salford BA Sukkah Crawl, probably by his mum, and probably crying his eyes out because all he wants to do was stay at home and play with his wooden trainContinue reading “Two-Way Street”

Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – An Open Letter from an LGBTQ+ Boger

Last year, Eli Gaventa wrote an article for Yediot about our community’s attitudes towards people who are LGBTQ+. Amongst other things, he rightly highlighted the increased risk of suicidal ideation that is associated with growing up gay in a religious community. I write this as a continuation to this conversation, to the journey we asContinue reading “Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – An Open Letter from an LGBTQ+ Boger”

BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part II

In Part I, we explored how Aliyah is the ideology of the Tnua, and even though it may seem that it is no longer seen as such, we are and always will be an Aliyah movement. This leads us into this second part, where we will explore the history of Aliyah in the Tnua andContinue reading “BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part II”

BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part I

The recent BA80 video stirred up a lot of feelings around Chaverim, both past and present – relating predominantly to the ideology and current direction of the Tnua. In response, I thought I would write a Choveret on Aliyah in BAUK. It developed into two parts and is presented here, slightly modified for Yediot. ItContinue reading “BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part I”

Pittsburgh: A Response

Tomorrow, it will be four weeks since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; four weeks since the incident termed by The Washington Post as “the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history”. That is, it is four Shabbatot since the death of eleven innocent people, murdered in the middle of their prayer,Continue reading “Pittsburgh: A Response”

Bnei Akiva Across the Generations

Debbie Harris, Hachshara 5778 On May 17th we met with many generations of BAUK, and this made me become aware of the metamorphosis of the youth movement. Edna and her husband, who have been in Israel for over 50 years, were so ideology driven. They would take extremely dangerous measures by sending ammunition to helpContinue reading “Bnei Akiva Across the Generations”

On March of the Living and Holocaust Education

By Kobi Weiner I have just returned from March of the Living 2018, spending a week in Poland learning about the Holocaust, before participating in the March from Auschwitz I to Auschwitz II – Birkenau. We spent time learning about the incredible Jewish life that existed in Poland for 1000 years, and saw how itContinue reading “On March of the Living and Holocaust Education”