YCT Rabbis Attempting To Rebuild Ties Between Israeli And American Jews

May 16, 2019

YCT Musmakh, Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), co-founder of Base Hillel and Rabbi at Base MNHTN, writes:

Attempting To Rebuild Ties Between Israeli And American Jews

The state of Israel, now having marked its 71st year of statehood, is for many Jews not only a dream fulfilled but one that is still unfolding.

And yet…

Israel remains a source of deep tension, alienation and even strife for others, particularly for young Jewish millennials.

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