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Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
(Hebrew: קרן עם ישראל‎) is a Tel Aviv and New York-based foundation and umbrella nonprofit organization for a variety of initiatives that promote Zionist
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Jewish
Jews
Jews
(Hebrew: יְהוּדִים‬ ISO 259-3 Yehudim, Israeli pronunciation [jehuˈdim]) or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group[12] and a nation[13][14][15] originating from the Israelites,[16][17][18] or Hebrews,[19][20] of the Ancient Near East. Jewish ethnicity, nationhood, and religion are strongly interrelated,[21] as
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Kibbutz
A kibbutz (Hebrew: קִבּוּץ‬ / קיבוץ‬, lit. "gathering, clustering"; regular plural kibbutzim קִבּוּצִים‬ / קיבוצים‬) is a collective community in Israel
Israel
that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz, established in 1909, was Degania.[1] Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises.[2] Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism.[3] In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (Hebrew: קִבּוּצְנִיק‬ / קיבוצניק‬; plural kibbutznikim or kibbutzniks). In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel
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Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
(Hebrew: נַפְתָּלִי בֶּנֶט‬; born 25 March 1972) is an Israeli politician who has led the right-wing religious The Jewish Home
The Jewish Home
party since 2012. He has served as Israel's Minister of Education since 2015, and as the Minister of Diaspora Affairs since 2013. Between 2013 and 2015, he held the posts of Minister of Economy and Minister of Religious Services. Born and raised in Haifa, the son of immigrants from the United States, Bennett served in the Sayeret Matkal
Sayeret Matkal
and Maglan
Maglan
special forces units of the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces, taking part in many combat operations, and subsequently became a software entrepreneur
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Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
(Hebrew: יאיר לפיד‎, born 5 November 1963) is an Israeli politician, former Finance Minister and former journalist who is the Chairman of the Yesh Atid
Yesh Atid
Party. He served as the Israeli Minister of Finance between 2013 and 2014. Prior to his entry into politics in 2012, he was a journalist, author, TV presenter
TV presenter
and news anchor. The centrist Yesh Atid
Yesh Atid
Party, which he founded, became the second largest party in the Knesset
Knesset
by winning 19 seats in its first election in 2013. The greater than anticipated results contributed to Lapid's reputation as a leading moderate. In March 2013, following his coalition agreement with Likud, Lapid was appointed as the Israeli Minister of Finance
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Tzipi Livni
Tziporah Malka "Tzipi" Livni (Hebrew: ציפורה מלכה "ציפי" לבני‬; pronounced [tsipoˈʁa malˈka ˈtsipi ˈlivni] born 8 July 1958) is a prominent Israeli politician and former Foreign Minister of Israel. Widely considered the most powerful woman in Israel
Israel
since Golda Meir,[1][2] Livni has served in eight different cabinet positions throughout her career, setting the record for most government roles held by an Israeli woman.[3] Consequently, she has achieved a number of milestones in Israeli government, as the first female Vice Prime Minister, Justice Minister, Agriculture Minister, and Housing
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Meir Dagan
Aluf Meir Dagan
Meir Dagan
(Hebrew: מאיר דגן‎; 30 January 1945 – 17 March 2016) was a former Israel
Israel
Defense Forces Major General
Major General
and former Director of the Mossad.[2]Contents1 Personal life and education 2 Military and intelligence career 3 Business career 4 Illness and death 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksPersonal life and education[edit] Meir Huberman (later Dagan) was born on a train on the outskirts of Kherson,[3] between the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Poland
Poland
during World War II
World War II
to Polish Jewish parents who were fleeing Poland
Poland
for the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to escape the Holocaust. His maternal grandfather, Ber Erlich Sloshny, was killed by the Nazis
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Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky
(Hebrew: נתן שרנסקי‬, Russian: Ната́н Щара́нский, Ukrainian: Натан Щаранський; born Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky (Russian: Анато́лий Бори́сович Щара́нский, Ukrainian: Анатолій Борисович Щаранський) on 20 January 1948) is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
during the 1970s and 1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons
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Yisrael Meir Lau
Yisrael Meir Lau
Yisrael Meir Lau
(Hebrew: ישראל מאיר לאו‬; born 1 June 1937) served as the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Chairman of Yad Vashem. He previously served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
Israel
from 1993 to 2003.Contents1 Biography 2 Rabbinical career 3 Interfaith work 4 Presidential candidacy 5 Awards and recognition 6 Views 7 Published works 8 See also 9 References 10 External linksBiography[edit] Yisrael Meir Lau
Yisrael Meir Lau
(8 years old) in the arms of Elazar Schiff, Buchenwald
Buchenwald
survivors at their arrival at Haifa
Haifa
on 15 July 1945Lau was born on 1 June 1937, in the Polish town of Piotrków Trybunalski. His father, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau (Polish: Mojżesz Chaim Lau), the last Chief Rabbi of the town, was killed in the Treblinka extermination camp
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Jonathan Sacks
Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, MBE (Hebrew: Yaakov Zvi, יעקב צבי; born 8 March 1948) is a British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author and politician. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi
Rabbi
of those Orthodox synagogues, but was not recognized as the religious authority for the Haredi
Haredi
Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations or for the progressive movements such as Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism.[1][2] As Chief Rabbi, Sacks formally carried the title of Av Beit Din (head) of the London
London
Beth Din
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Michael Oren
Michael Bornstein Oren (Hebrew: מיכאל אורן; born Michael Scott Bornstein; May 20, 1955) is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States (2009–2013), and current member of the Knesset
Knesset
for the Kulanu
Kulanu
party and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.[3][4] Oren has written books, articles, and essays on Middle Eastern history, and is the author of the New York Times
New York Times
best-selling Power, Faith and Fantasy and Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, which won the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award
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Negev
The Negev
Negev
(Hebrew: הַנֶּגֶב‬, Tiberian vocalization: han-Néḡeḇ ; Arabic: النقب‎ an-Naqab) is a desert and semidesert region of southern Israel. The region's largest city and administrative capital is Beersheba
Beersheba
(pop. 205,810), in the north. At its southern end is the Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Aqaba
and the resort city of Eilat. It contains several development towns, including Dimona, Arad and Mitzpe Ramon, as well as a number of small Bedouin cities, including Rahat and Tel as-Sabi
Tel as-Sabi
and Lakyah
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Galilee
Galilee
Galilee
(Hebrew: הגליל‎, transliteration HaGalil); Arabic: الجليل‎, translit
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Moshav
Moshav
Moshav
(Hebrew: מוֹשָׁב‬, plural מוֹשָׁבִים‬ moshavim, lit. settlement, village) is a type of Israeli town or settlement, in particular a type of cooperative agricultural community of individual farms pioneered by the Labour Zionists during the second wave of aliyah. A resident or a member of a moshav can be called a "moshavnik" (מוֹשַׁבְנִיק‬). The moshavim are similar to kibbutzim with an emphasis on community labour. They were designed as part of the Zionist state-building programme following the green revolution Yishuv
Yishuv
("settlement") in the British Mandate of Palestine
British Mandate of Palestine
during the early 20th century, but in contrast to the collective kibbutzim, farms in a moshav tended to be individually owned but of fixed and equal size
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Ruth Westheimer
Ruth Westheimer
Ruth Westheimer
(born June 4, 1928), better known as Dr. Ruth, is a German-born, Jewish
Jewish
immigrant to the United States
United States
who became famous as a sex therapist, media personality, actress, voice actress, and author. Her media career began in 1980 with the radio show, Sexually Speaking, which continued until 1990. She also hosted at least five television shows on the Lifetime and other cable television from 1984 to 1993
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Tel Aviv Museum Of Art
The Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Museum of Art (Hebrew: מוזיאון תל אביב לאמנות‎ Muzeon Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Leomanut) is an art museum in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was established in 1932 in a building that was the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959. The museum moved to its current location on King Saul Avenue in 1971
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