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Building a Movement in Ashdod

This past week the executive team of Aish, together with many members of the senior leadership team, gathered in Ashdod for our Annual Strategic Realignment Meetings.

The Importance of Being Eternally Optimistic

Rabbi Steven Burg and Daniel Abramoff meet with MK Yitzchak Pindrus in the Knesset.

I had the honor of spending time in the Knesset this week. I spoke with my longtime friend, MK Yitzhak Pindrus. As we spoke about some of the many different challenges facing Israel he stated simply that normal rules don’t apply to the Jews. Everyone constantly predicts our demise and we always beat the odds.

Humility and the Path to the Jewish Future

The 'Va'ad' of Aish meeting in New York.

This past week we met in person to talk about how to bring more partners into our circle in an official way. It was a day filled with much discussion on the makeup of who might fit the criteria. We were joined by Aish COO Hillel Scheinfeld and Aish Executive Director Rabbi Ben Gonsher.

Addressing Young Heroes and Future Leaders

Yaakov Gade being honored for his service at the concert.

October 7th has redefined us as a people. Our Aish Rabbis on campus have had to retool and deal with issues of anti-Jewish hate that we never could have imagined. At the concert, the Israelis in attendance were strengthened by knowing that American Jews are standing shoulder to shoulder with them.

The Next CEO of Aish is…

Rabbi Steven Burg addressing students at Michlalah Jerusalem College.

Between the thousands of young Jews dancing in the Kotel plaza this week and the thousands of young Jews studying in yeshivas and seminaries across Israel I am proud to report that the Jewish people have a bright future ahead of us. The next generation is ready to fight for Jewish values.

The Crucial Role of Love

Israel Entrepreneur trip in NYC

Aish Israel has been bringing groups of Israeli entrepreneurial millennials to the United States for the past few years. Fresh from their service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) these young Israelis spend time getting to know leaders of American Jewry.

Inspiration from Washington

Ezra Friedlander with Rabbi Steven Burg in Washington

My day in Washington was truly a day of love. It was a day of focus on how to inculcate the love of the Almighty in young Jews. It was a day of receiving love and support from Senators in Washington. It was a day of hearing about a Catholic and former Marine’s love for Israel and the Jewish people.

An unexpected partner in bittersweet times

Nuseir Yassin with Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen on the roof of the Dan Family Aish World Center

Nas came to film at Aish and featured Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen giving pearls of wisdom throughout the 11-minute video. My favorite part was the focus on how Jews argue when they study Torah.