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:

Colorful 3D-printed Corals Made of Bioplastic Attract Real Fish. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Haifa’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are experimenting with 3D printed corals. The project is the first known attempt to accurately simulate the structure and functionality of natural living corals, taking into account factors such as water flow around the coral structures, sizes that fit the diversity of fish species and proximity to food (plankton). The corals were attached to a reef at the northeastern coast of the Red Sea. The biologists then visited over several months to track colonization of the models by real fish and found that the fish readily accepted the 3D printed corals, and even preferred some designs and colors over real living ones.

Jewish Astronaut Snaps Space Pics of Israel in Salute to Late Father. Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir posted photos of the Middle East and says it’s part of the journey her Iraqi-born dad took, reaching US via Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland and Sweden. She made history as one half of the first all-female spacewalking team and together with Christina Koch made history when they replaced a broken part of the International Space Station’s power grid.

Israel’s National Baseball team is Going to the 2020 Olympics. In a first, Israel’s national baseball team has qualified for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The squad of mostly Jewish-American college players and some pros team defeated South Africa in the Europe/Africa Qualifier tournament in Italy and finished the tournament with a record of 5-1. The 2020 Olympic baseball tournament — the first since 2008 and the last until, at the earliest, 2028 — will feature six nations. Follow all of Israel’s athletic teams here: https://www.facebook.com/FollowTeamIsrael/

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