G’s Story

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The first time I saw Reb Meir Schuster was in the Beis Medrash of the Beis Yosef (Nevardok) Yeshiva. This was in 1971 or ’72 when Reb Meir was learning in the Nevardok Kollel. I lived in the area and … Continued

Ariel’s Story

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Ariel was born and raised in Argentina. After studying at the University in Buenos Aires for three years, Ariel decided to spend his summer vacation backpacking through Europe. He travelled through Spain, Italy, France and Greece with friends he met … Continued

Yerucham List’s Story

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As  a kid, I was inspired by a magnificent Hebrew School Teacher but subsequently landed in an un-inspiring day school which left me in a rather intense love-hate relationship with Judaism. A brief summer Kibbutz stint, however, had me falling … Continued

Bracha Zaret’s Story

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Reb Meir worked at the Western Wall. That was his office. And I, hired by the American Peylim organization, was to be “the woman at the Wall”.  First, I just watched Reb Meir in action. I remember when he sidled … Continued

Eli’s Story

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The US Centennial summer of 1976 turned out to be pivotal. The Sunday New York Times Magazine ran a story on Israel post-1973 with a full page cover photo of an Israeli soldier on the Golan Heights flanked by an … Continued

Seth Mandell’s Story

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It was February of 1977.  I was at the end of my second long stay in Israel.  I had been there for a year, 6 months on a kibbutz ulpan and 6 months working in a Communithy Center in Afula in … Continued

Yocheved’s Story

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While still in school, Yocheved spent a semester in Israel on the Dawson Semester Program. She spent eight months on Kibbutz Gatton. With a full course load and working the fields,  she had a great time. Oh, there were a … Continued

Shmuel’s Story

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A group of students, from the ulpan at Kibbutz Beit Hashita, was walking through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City looking for a place they could buy a siddur and a tallis.  A tall thin religious looking man with … Continued

Gershon Fern’s Story

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Growing up in Miami, FL, with a strong Jewish identity, well meaning parents and a paltry Jewish education left me at a loss at how the Jewish people could survive for over 3,000 year when the 2 most important days … Continued

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