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:

Israeli Locust Fighters Task Force Arrives in Ethiopia (Ethiopian News Agency)
Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi has ordered the deployment of a task force of Israeli locust fighters and experts to support Ethiopian efforts in fighting the worst outbreak of locust swarms in 25 years. Israel’s top locust expert, Yoav Mortro, heads the task force, which will operate in Ethiopia for two weeks to train Ethiopian locust fighters. The task force is bringing more than 2 tons of equipment and advanced appliances that will be handed over to the Ethiopian authorities at the conclusion of the operation.

Israeli Athletes Excel in Judoka, gymnastics, and windsurfing:

  • Israeli Judoka Wins Gold Medal in European Championship (Jerusalem Post)
    Israeli judoka Inbar Lanir won first place in the women’s 78-kg. category up to age 23 in the European Championship held in Russia on Sunday.
  • Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins gold at European Championships
    First, the Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team took home the top prize in the group all-around category at the European Championships in Kiev. The category included performances using hoops, clubs and balls. Then, Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal in the all-around title. Ashram has won numerous medals in recent years and is seen as one of the country’s leading hopes in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Israel Wins Gold, Silver at Windsurfing European Championship (Jerusalem Post)
    Israeli windsurfer Yoav Cohen took home the gold medal and Shahar Zubari the silver at the RS:X European Championships in windsurfing.
  • Israeli gymnast wins gold at European Championships (Jerusalem Post)
    Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won the gold medal for the floor exercise at the European Championships, securing the gold medal with a score of 15.000. Dolgopyat also won the bronze medal for vault with a score of 14.766. Israeli Alexander Myakinin won bronze on the high bar.
  • Gymnast Lihie Raz Wins First Israeli Medal in European Gymnastics Championship, Securing Olympics Spot (Algemeiner)
    Artistic gymnast Lihie Raz became the first Israeli to take home a medal at the Women’s European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, held this year in Mersin, Turkey. The US-born 17-year-old won the bronze medal on the floor, scoring 12.750, securing her spot in the Israeli delegation that will compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

King David-era fort found in Golan, may be 1st evidence of Bible’s ‘Geshurites’ (Times of Israel)
Stunning stone etching of two horned individuals at prayer were found at mouth of rare circa-11th century citadel in Israel’s north that could predate famous Geshur site, Tel Bethsaida.
Dating to around the time of King David 3,000 years ago, what may be the earliest fortified settlement in the Golan Heights was recently discovered during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood. The striking find is being tentatively linked to the Geshurite people, whose capital is recorded in the Bible as having been located nearby, to the north of the Sea of Galilee.

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