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Congressman Brad Sherman’s Letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in defense of Milan Chatterjee

September 12, 2016 -     Dear Chancellor Block, I am writing you to express serious concern over the ongoing campaign to defame the UCLA law student, Milan Chatterjee, who served as the Graduate Student Association (GSA) President in this past academic year. As a result of the unanimous decision of the GSA cabinet, Mr. Chatterjee, stipulated to the "Diversity Caucus&q
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Empowering the Israeli-American Identity

September 6, 2016 -     Ten years ago, I was both an Israeli and an American. Now, I’m an Israeli-American. Embracing this unique hybrid identity makes all the difference in the world for more than a million people living in America. A decade ago, Israeli-Americans were, at best, afterthoughts within the Jewish American community. Even though we had US passports, bu
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My Personal Philanthropic Journey: Why giving is the greatest joy of all

August 18, 2016 -     The Talmud tells us: “More than the calf wants to suckle; the cow wants to nurse.” For people who are actively involved in philanthropy, this makes a lot of sense. They know that the donor often ends up receiving as much, if not more, than the people and organizations that they support. Jewish laws of charity, or Tzedakah, obligates us
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Living in the Diaspora

August 3, 2016 -     What Israeli-Americans can learn from American Jews. Israeli schoolchildren hold the Israeli and American flags. (photo credit:REUTERS) Over the past decade, American Jewry has emerged as perhaps the strongest Jewish community in the history of the Diaspora. Their story of success is nothing short of inspiring. Jews began arriving in large numbers
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Universal Jewish Wisdom: Building Partnerships – a personal story

July 30, 2016 -     Pirkei Avot teaches us to “קנה לך חבר” — “acquire a friend.” This Talmud verse is counter-intuitive. Friendship is a unique kind of relationship that money could never buy. When you look deeper, you come to appreciate that the true meaning of “acquire a friend” is the importance of investing in frie
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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by applying too soon

July 20, 2016 -     When you read this, you might realize this story is about you. Please forgive me. I have the utmost respect for you and your work. However, this lesson is just too valuable not to share. Last month, I was approached by a group of professionals who had a simple yet brilliant idea: They needed $150,000 in order to create a high-quality program that w
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Israel’s July 1976 Raid on Entebbe: The State of Israel ensures that “Never Again” remains a reality

July 18, 2016 -     Seventy years ago, in the wake of the Holocaust, the Jewish people took a vow: Never Again! After the Nazis murdered six million Jews, we came to recognize that we only have ourselves to rely upon for our defense. In today’s tumultuous world, the sole guarantor of Jewish safety is a strong Israeli military. Jews around the world facing mortal
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Israel Air Force F-15 Eagles over Auschwitz

July 8, 2016 -     Never again. That was the sacred vow made by the Jewish people over the past 70 years in the wake of the Holocaust. Following the murder of six million of our brethren by the Nazis, the Jewish people have come to recognize that we have only ourselves to rely on for our defense. When the going gets tough, no one else will come to fight for us. And i
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Podcast: Adam Milstein & Haim Saban

June 20, 2016 -     Adam Milstein & Haim Saban Adam and Haim discuss how important it is to have Israeli-Americans be the connector between the U.S. and Israel; as well as how we can fight BDS and anti-Semitism. Haim Saban is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer as well as an accomplished
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Israeli-American Council Brings Israeli Solutions To Address California Drought

June 17, 2016 -     Like many with hyphenated identities, Israeli-Americans have proven to be uniquely capable bridge builders. In recent years, the Israeli-American Council (IAC), and its partner advocacy organization, the Israeli-American Nexus (IAX), have been able to tap into our community’s unique fluency in both the Israeli and American cultures to build