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’s NICE Wins $137 Million U.S. Air Traffic Control Deal
Israeli software solutions provider NICE Systems has been awarded a 10-year contract to supply the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration with air traffic control capabilities that will allow faster incident response and provide greater visibility into incident data, thus enhancing transportation safety.

Chinese Science Academy Opens First Foreign Center of Excellence in Israel
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Tuesday that it will establish its first center of excellence outside China at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, constructing a nanotechnology research laboratory specializing in nano-medicine and printing two-dimensional materials. CAS is China’s national academy for the natural sciences and is responsible for 104 research institutes and five universities.

Israeli Tourists Help Egyptian Cab Driver after Sinai Crash
Yosef Malachi and several other Israeli tourists were in a taxi in Sinai traveling toward the Israeli border when they saw a car traveling in the opposite direction lose control and overturn.
The group, which included some who served as army medics, stopped and rushed over to help.
They stayed with the injured man and made sure he remained awake and calm until an ambulance arrived.

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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