Kesher Israel

Or Zarua has a strong commitment to the State of Israel. In order to deepen our connection with  Israel and, we hope, will inspire, educate, and engage others to support Israel, we have begun offer programming called Kesher Israel. The Hebrew word “kesher” means linkage or connection, and hints at connecting Jewish people to their heritage and to one another.

We feature a wide array of activities including film screenings, Israel advocacy on campus sessions, and our annual attendance as the Salute to Israel Parade.

Israel’s Contributions to the World
As part of our ‘kesher’ or connection with Israel, we thought it would be helpful to highlight weekly some of Israel’s more recent contributions to the world, and hope you will share our pride in Israel:

US-born female rider hoping to represent Israel in Tokyo
Micah Deligdish is hoping to do well enough in the upcoming European Championships in the Netherlands to qualify to ride for the Israeli team in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Micah began horseback riding at age 5, and recently attained her Israeli citizenship together with her dad. Already a US Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold medalist, she owns and operates Gemini Dressage, a training center in Wellington, Florida. Both sets of her grandparents are Holocaust survivors from Poland and Austria. Her maternal great-grandfather was an experienced horseman in Poland, a skill that kept him and a few other members of her family alive when they were in a Polish labor camp during World War II.

Israeli Electronic Migraine Relief Band Gains European Approval
The Relivion migraine system, an Israeli headband that transmits electrical signals and stops migraine pain, has been approved by the European Commission for pharmaceuticals. The brain neuromodulation device is geared toward helping individuals who suffer from a range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including migraine headaches. The band is connected to a cellphone application directed by the patient. It sends signals to the brain, creating “neuromodulation,” which blocks the nerve signals that cause the pain. Over time, the system “learns” the optimal treatment for each specific patient. It is the first device of its kind considered safe for outpatient use.

Photos: 9,000-Year-Old Stone Age Town Found in Israel
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a 9,000-year-old settlement from the Neolithic period located 3 miles west of Jerusalem. Thousands of pieces of tools, jewelry, figurines, seeds and other objects have been found at the site that may have once housed 3,000 residents.

Resources
As part of our “kesher” or connection with Israel, these websites/organizations provide knowledge about current developments in Israeli culture, environment, healthcare, etc. as well as the general issue of anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism and in particular on the college campus:

Act for Israel · AIPAC · AJC · Algemeiner · Amcha Initiative · Camera · Daily Alert · Honest Reporting · Israel 21c · Jewish Virtual Library · JNF · Myths and Facts · Shurat HaDin · StandWithUs · The Israel Project · The Lawfare Project · Times of Israel · United with Israel