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 taekwondo practitioner Avishag Semberg won the bronze in the women’s 49 kg category on July 24, 2021, netting the Jewish state its first medal at the Tokyo Games on the first full day of the Olympics — Israel’s 10th medal in Olympic history and its first ever in the field of taekwondo.

Israel’s delegation to Japan is the country’s biggest-ever by far, numbering 90 athletes. The website Olympic Medals Predictions — which gathers data from world championships and other international competitions, in an attempt to guess the outcome of the games — has suggested Israel will take home five medals this year, while The Associated Press has predicted seven medals.

Click for the full schedule for events in which Israeli athletes will take part. All event times provided are for the Israeli time zone (GMT+3).

Pro-Israel Funding Passes through House Appropriations Committee (AIPAC)

Many vital funding provisions that AIPAC lobbies for have advanced in Congress this month through the House Appropriations Committee.

In addition to $3.3 billion in annual security assistance to Israel without added political conditions and $500 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation, the Committee passed pro-Israel provisions including:

  • Healthcare cooperation: $4 million for U.S.-Israel health technology research will help keep both countries healthier
  • U.S.-Israel international development cooperation: $2 million for cooperation to address sustainability challenges relating to water resources, agriculture, and energy storage in the developing world.
  • The Middle East Partnership for Peace Act: $50 million for the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act to build partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • U.S.-Israel energy cooperation: $6 million for energy cooperation to enhance our renewable energy technologies, help achieve global climate objectives, and protect our critical energy infrastructure.
  • Homeland security cooperation: $2 million for U.S.-Israel cooperation on border security, maritime security, biometrics, cybersecurity, and video analytics will help keep both countries safer.
  • Increased funding for the Middle East Regional Cooperation program: $6 million to facilitate collaborative research between Israeli and Arab scientist

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