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Fighting Terror with Art in the Negev

Living on a kibbutz just two kilometers from Gaza, Livnat Kotz was tired of terror and destruction. So she decided to inspire joy and creativity.

With a grant from the Negev Funding Coalition, an innovative partnership between Federations and the Israeli government to help changemakers re…

A Role Model for Aspiring Female Engineers in Israel

Darya is a woman among boys. This 18-year-old is one of the brightest stars at Federation partner agency World ORT’s Anieres Elite Academy in Israel, a science and tech-focused high school program for top international and Israeli students.

She was one of just nine students in her grade…

Young Jews Look to Their Elders to Build a Future in Latvia

Gangs of young people are roaming the streets of Riga, Latvia determined to help right past wrongs.  They go around the city knocking on doors of elderly Jews. Having witnessed the Holocaust or Soviet oppression, the eyes that come to the peephole have already seen it all, and they look dow…

Continuing the Legacy of Yemenite Jewry

Yechiya Ya’akov Dahari’s family kept the Torah in Yemen even under the most trying of circumstances.  A metal worker who raised nine children through poverty and prejudice, he felt he was tough enough to handle the deteriorating conditions. But when kidnappings and attacks became a dail…

Bridging Space, Time and Hearts in Russia

The stage at Federation partner JDC’s social welfare center in Moscow stretches from Russia to Lithuania, from the 1800’s to today.

On it, students from the state-of-the-art ORT Moscow Technology School—run by Federation beneficiary World ORT—are transformed into amateur Jewish ac…