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:

In Athletic Competitions:
Israeli Wins European Fencing Championship
Israeli fencer Yuval Freilich won the gold medal in the European Fencing Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. Freilich, 24, the son of Australian immigrants, is the first Israeli fencer to win a European championship.
Israeli Gymnast Wins Four Medals at World Cup in Minsk
Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram, 20, was awarded one gold medal, one silver and two bronze at the World Challenge Cup in Minsk, Belarus.
Israeli Judoka Sagi Muki Wins Gold at World Championships
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki, 27, who competes in the under 81 kg. weight category, won the gold medal at the Judo World Championship in Tokyo.

Israeli Company Wins Bid to Help Secure U.S. Border
Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced Wednesday that its U.S. subsidiary has been awarded a $26 million contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to install an Integrated Fixed Towers system in the Casa Grande area in Arizona. To date, Elbit has been awarded a number of contracts to install such systems in areas covering 200 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border. The system provides Border Patrol agents with long-range, persistent surveillance and situational awareness.

The Tower of David Museum receives award for innovative accessibility
The Tower of David Museum was awarded the Simcha Lustig Israel Accessibility Prize in recognition of innovative accessibility at the Museum. The prestigious award is given to projects that advance inclusion and accessibility and improve the lives of people with disabilities, allowing them to play an integral role in Israeli society. The museum instituted after-hour programming for families with children with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities so that the entire family could enjoy quality time together at the museum. They also devised guiding programs and an app for the blind and partially sighted to enjoy the Night Spectacular show through audio description. They created an empowerment program for guiding at the museum for cognitively disabled young adults and hosted classes to teach sign language both to our own guides and to the general population. The museum is now sharing these ideas and best practices with other museums throughout the city who as a result are now instituting many of their programs.

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