You Can Now Experience Israeli Tour Spots On Virtual Reality

January 31, 2018 -     If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit major Israeli tour spots, you can now experience some of them through virtual reality tours on the Virtually Israel 2.0 website. A project of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation and the MERONA Leadership Foundation, Virtually Israel 2.0 features the following videos: Beaches Bible Land Muse

Pride and Courage: Gifts for our Children in 2018

December 26, 2017 -     This month, we recounted the heroic story of the Maccabees, the Jewish rebel group that lived in the Land of Israel in the second century BCE, which makes clear that we must have pride, courage, and passion to fight for our survival and freedom as a people. During the time of the Maccabees, the Land of Israel was dominated by Greek armies. Many

Israeli Americans can be the glue that builds a stronger Jewish community

December 18, 2017 -     The Israeli-American Council’s Fourth Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C., held last month felt like a long-overdue family reunion. Enveloping warmth and a powerful sense of togetherness, the love for Israel was infectious, radiating to and from all the participants. In the corridors of the Washington Convention Center, teenagers spo

Ascending Israeli-American group seeks to be the ‘glue,’ not the ‘wedge,’ for US Jewry

November 21, 2017 -     As Jewish communal organizations throughout the U.S. struggle to maintain membership levels and hefty annual budgets, a rapidly growing group with the energy of a well-funded Israeli start-up is challenging the Jewish communal world and its relationship to the state of Israel. Earlier this month, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) hosted its fourth

A Dangerous Deceit

November 1, 2017 -     It seems that anti-Semitic views are increasingly being accepted in mainstream American political discourse. Anti-Semitism can currently be found among three different groups, two of which recently joined forces. The first is the radical Right, which almost everyone recognizes and denounces. Rooted in traditional Christian anti-Semitism, its lega

Understanding the unlikely radical alliances spreading antisemitism today

October 3, 2017 -     Radical Muslims are focused on destroying and delegitimizing Israel – the historic homeland of the Jewish People — and they fan the flames of antisemitism wherever they can. Vicious antisemitism has long been present on the radical Right. It has been growing also on the radical Left. And it’s a cornerstone of radical Muslim movements. Althoug

At a time of growing challenges, “Israeliness” offers the Jewish community game-changing solutions

August 31, 2017 -     Today, the collective strength of the Jewish people may be greater than at any other time in our history. We have an independent Jewish state with a booming economy and one of the world’s most powerful militaries. The American Jewish community has reached the heights of success in politics, business, arts and culture, and science, becoming perhap

The Fight Against the New Anti-Semitism

July 27, 2017 -     The 20th century began with a series of pogroms targeting Jews that swept across Eastern Europe and Latin America, the most infamous of which was in Kishinev, Russia. A poisonous anti-Jewish campaign culminated on Easter 1903, as gangs of men, 10 to 20 apiece, stormed through the Jewish areas of the city armed with hatchets and knives. They went bl

Three Secrets to Being an Effective Philanthropist

June 28, 2017 -     After decades of involvement with more than 100 non-profit organizations, I have learned that philanthropy is about much more than writing checks. In fact, I found that it is actually much harder to give away money as a philanthropist and obtain a high return on your investment than it was to make money as a real estate investor. There are a ran

BDS is Continuing to Spread Hate and Anti-Semitism Across the U.S.

June 12, 2017 -     You can join the fight to stop it! Click here to help us fight BDS. A vicious sickness known as anti-Semitism has infected people with hate across centuries, cultures, and continents — and Jewish communities have often paid the price for it. In the U.S., after decades of historic declines in anti-Semitic attitudes and incidents, the disease has