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.

The Israeli Film Industry–Rising and Animated!
Sunday, Oct 10, 12:00 noon (streamed live)
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Israel is often referred to as the Startup Nation, but with the support of The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, Jerusalem is also Ani-Nation. Jerusalem’s development as a hub of animation has enhanced the city’s international appeal as a film location and received the nod of many international animation industry leaders, including Disney. Who would have thought that one of the holiest places on earth would also be one of the most creative?
Join us for a riveting conversation with backStorygroup Director Wendy Revel; Jerusalem Film and Television Fund Director Yoram Honig, Gidi Dar, writer and director of Legend of Destruction, composer Yonatan Albalek, co-composer of the score and our other notable panelists on the development of the animation film industry in Israel.

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 Donates Cows to Rwanda (New Times-Rwanda)
Twenty vulnerable households in Gisagara district have received a cow each from the Embassy of Israel in Rwanda. The move is in line with the government’s Girinka program to provide a cow to every poor family. When the cow gives birth, the first female calf is given to another poor family. This is the second donation of cows by Israel to support the Girinka program.

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