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:

Israel in Sports:

Israeli Wins Gold at Gymnastics World Cup in Cairo (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won the gold medal in the floor exercise at the Gymnastics World Cup in Cairo.

Israeli Arab Wins Kickboxing World Championship (Times of Israel)
Israeli kickboxer Loai Sakas, a Christian Arab, won a gold medal at the world championships in Turkey and draped himself with the Israeli flag. Sakas told Channel 12, “I’m first and foremost an Israeli citizen … I represent the country and want everyone here to live in peace with each other.”

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