Fantastic opportunity from the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community (IAUJC) to learn about summer camp & teen experiences!
You, your children aged 6-16, and family are invited to discover opportunities for Jewish summer camp and teen programs. Representatives of more than a dozen sleepaway camps will be on hand to answer questions. Current campers will share stories about their experiences and information will be available about camp scholarships. There will be activities, fun, and refreshments for everyone.
Jewish Summer Camp Fair
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Anytime between 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public
CSMA—Community School of Music and Art—3rd floor
330 E. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Yesterday we attended an event organized by the IAUJC, the mother and daughter of fallen soldier Tal Yifrach visited and spoke about his 21 years of life.
His sister, Noy has put together a remarkable video that gives a glimpse into the life of this wonderful young man, cruelly taken from his family and the Jewish people. A remarkable, courageous, positive and inspiring young man, the type of man we would like our sons to become and our daughters to marry.
Tal Yifrach planned to study mechanical engineering after his military service. He was part of an elite army unit but never swore or used foul language, never said a bad word about anybody. Fundamentally a person of warmth and friendship. In addition to his family he leaves behind a young woman who planned to spend the rest of her life with him. An entire universe of life and love and potential. Tal’s mother talked about the atmosphere within Israel when hostilities broke out, the horrible realization and sadness as Israelis realized they would have to fight another battle for survival. She talked about the feeling of not knowing if one might be brutally murdered standing at a bus stop of waiting for a train and the sickening confrontation of the mega-terror attack Hamas had planned for Israel on Rosh Hashana. She talked about her phone conversation with Netanyahu following the death of her son. She shared with us that she told the Prime Minister her hope that all the courage and bravery shown by her son could be transferred to him as the leader of the country.
There was a lot of emotional intensity in the room with the outpouring of grief and loss. And get this. Not a single word of hatred was uttered. Tal did not fight in the cause of hatred. He fought to defend his country and the Jewish people. Tal and his family want peace, not war. They do not hate, they want to live in peace and to coexist with their Arab neighbors. The intensity of emotional outpouring could have easily been diverted into any one of a number of larger agendas. But it wasn’t. The focus was on one individual and his family.
Afterwards, I was talking to a friend who suggested that we could have attended an equivalent event for a Palestinian family. Certainly families on both sides of the conflict have searing pain. But I wonder if emotions aroused at an equivalent Palestinian event would have been diverted towards an agenda? Would the agenda be one focused on peace and coexistence? There is a distinction between a war one fights to defend one’s country and an unprovoked war of aggression. Clearly we have a lot of education to do within the Jewish community here and strengthen support for Israel.
Please watch and share the video of Tal Yifrach (click on picture below). His loss is unbearable, we must make sure his memory lives on.
Thank you to all of those involved in putting this event together and thank you to Tal Yifrach’s family for being willing to share him with us. May we all know better days עם ישראל חי.
The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community (IAUJC) is sponsoring a reading of Anat Gov’s play Oh God, by Israeli Stage, on Sunday January 26, 2014 at 3 PM in Emerson Suites at Ithaca College, and also on Monday evening January 27, 2014, at 7:30 PM at Risley Theatre on the Cornell Campus.
The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 or more to the Lunch and Learn program that benefits underserved Israeli school children by giving them a hot meal and tutoring.