July 17th, 2012
|jkfc||06:25 pm - Petition to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem|
President Barack Hussein Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
On October 23, 1995, the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, requiring that the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999. The law recognized that every nation has the right to designate its own capital and that Israel has so designated Jerusalem as its capital city.
In order to placate Israel’s and America’s enemies abroad, President Bill Clinton signed a national security waiver of the act in June 1999. This injustice has since been replicated by each succeeding President, including you, President Obama, every six months since the waiver was originally signed.
We believe that the time is long overdue for this injustice to be righted. We especially believe this time is important, as Israel’s enemies have been raising the rhetoric regarding Jerusalem.
This includes Egypt’s new President, Muhammad Morsi, who stated, “Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing… Jerusalem is our goal. We shall pray in Jerusalem or else we shall die as martyrs on its threshold.”
Instead of inviting Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood -- whose Palestinian branch, Hamas, is responsible for well over 1000 murders of Israeli and American citizens -- to the White House, as you have done, it is time to tell him and others that their rhetoric is inexcusable and unacceptable.
Let’s not forget the recent history of Jerusalem, when Jordanians desecrated Jewish holy sites and placed severe restrictions on Christians’ religious liberties.
It is time for America to take a stand for our friend Israel and against our common enemies. It is time to tell the world that there is only one owner of Jerusalem and that is Israel.
We the undersigned hereby call on you to forgo any further waivers of the Jerusalem Embassy Act and to once and for all relocate the American Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
You should do this not only because it is law, but it is the right thing to do.
You can print out, sign and mail this petition or you can sign it online at www.MoveEmbassyToJerusalem.com
This petition is the initiative of Joe Kaufman, candidate for the United States Congress in Florida.
Click on this banner to support Joe and help him take this fight to Washington.
March 13th, 2012
|Sarah Hosseini||12:43 am - Which Trip Organizer Is Best For Me?|
I am having trouble deciding which trip organizer is best for me!
My friend signed up for Israel Outdoors, but I have some reservations. While I see it is the most popular of all of the trips, I fear that it might be too physical for me.
I don't know which one to do because the descriptions are somewhat vague. My friend is doing the Israel Outdoors trip, but I'm starting to ave second thoughts sinc I'm not the most outdoorsy person. She, on the other hand, is an archeologist in Vegas. Anyway, I'm looking for a more secular trip organizer with a taste of adventure and nightlife, but more importantly, one that will give me a better understanding of Israel and it's history. But fun. I just don't want to not keep up on the Israel outdoors trip bc I'm not necessarily athletic. I want a social and open-minded group to travel with. Help!
September 7th, 2010
|jessiehl||07:45 pm - Trip organizer question|
Right now I'm looking at two very different trip organizers - Israel Experts (I'm interested in several of their options) and Routes Travel/Amazing Israel (I'm interested in their "Extreme Israel" adventure sports option). I've been waitlisted twice in the past by Israel Experts, and have talked with friends who have gone with them, and I have vetted them pretty carefully. However, I don't know much about Amazing Israel or know anyone who has gone on the adventure sports trip, or any other trip, with them. Has anyone here gone on a trip with them, who could tell me a bit about what it was like?
There are a couple of things in particular that I'd like to know (note: PLEASE don't start an argument here, I want to know what Amazing Israel is like on these issues, not debate them :) ).
- Political orientation, if any. I don't need an actively dovish trip, but I don't want an actively hawkish/Likudnik one. "Mostly apolitical" is fine, and seems likely to be the case on an adventure sports trip, but this is something I wanted to check.
- Friendliness toward children of intermarriage, among both staff and other participants. I don't go on vacation to have my family insulted or my right to be on the trip questioned.
Also, if anyone here has any other trip or trip organizer recommendations for me, I'm all ears! I'm 25, non-practicing/secular, not much of a partier (though I don't mind other people partying), and I like the idea of either something that's wonky and educational, or something that's very physical and adventurous (I'm on a wilderness search & rescue team, I like that kind of stuff).
Thank you so much for your help!
August 22nd, 2010
I'm undergoing a conservative conversion at a synagogue in San Francisco. I would be 26.5 years old when I finish, which means I could go on the Winter 2011/2012 trips if I understand the regulations correctly.
Do Taglit Birthright trip organizers recognize gerim as eligible for the trip? Are there any trip organizers that do not attract the party crowd? I'd much rather explore the ruins, go to museums, and go to discussions than spend a night partying in the clubs.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
December 11th, 2009
|splitbeak||01:35 pm - NY Orientation Meeting|
I know there was an orientation meeting yesterday in NYC for Israel Outdoors. Did anyone here attend it? I was unable to go, and was wondering if anything was discussed/mentioned that was not in the online info packet. You know how random stuff always comes up when a bunch of people get to talking...
September 27th, 2009
|tripodfan||11:38 pm - A question about getting contacted by the trip organizer|
Hi. I previously registered with Birthright Israel and signed up for the Hillel trip. It was for the summer trip, and within about a day or two I received an email from the Hillel group about what was to come, explaining the phone interviews and so on. I received lots of email updates directly from the trip organizer, but then the trip ended up being canceled and I learned that because of this I could register a day early for the winter trips.
I registered for the winter trip within the first 45 minutes on the 8th of September. However, I am now going to a different school and as a result am going with a different Hillel group. I submitted everything (parts 1 and 2), confirmed my email address for a second time, paid my deposit once again, and received an email telling me I should be contacted directly from the trip organizer. But I haven't heard anything at all from them and it's been nearly 3 weeks. My sister who has gone on Birthright before told me she can't remember how long it took her to get an email, so I'm wondering if this is normal or not. If I haven't heard from them yet, does it mean I didn't get on the trip? I'm a bit confused considering how quickly I heard from the Hillel I registered with last time.
September 20th, 2009
So, I'm really wanting to take birthright next year (after I graduate college) but am worried I may not be eligible. My father is technically jewish (as his mother was jewish) but is not practicing and I am not practicing of any religion. I'd still qualify, right? All of the websites have been sort of vague.
July 27th, 2009
|splitbeak||11:50 am - Newbie|
I'm trying to go to on one of the winter trips this year and am completely overwhelmed by all the different organizers. Anyone who has gone before, can you recommend one? I'm not very religious at all, but I am interested in learning more about Israel (as a country), Hebrew language and the Jewish culture in general. I definitely prefer hiking/physical activities over parties.
Also, if I'm not being too much of a pest for asking, how was the food in Israel? I'm a crazy picky eater and I'm worrying about starving (this has honestly happened to me on several trips before, so it's a serious concern).
Thanks for all your input.
March 27th, 2009
I'm going on a trip with Mayanot this summer, and I'm trying to extend my trip. BUT, I don't know what my phone number in Israel will be yet, and the application for flight extension asks for it. Am I supposed to reserve a cell phone before deciding my trip extension?? (I would have thought that to make the cell reservation, I would need to know how long my extension was-- but I could be wrong.) After I reserve a cell phone, when will they tell me what my phone number in Israel will be?
On a slightly different note, is it possible to use the phones reserved through birthright in Egypt and Jordan?
|jessiehl||03:27 pm - Any word?|
I registered with IsraelExperts (first choice: People, Politics, & Public Relations) within two hours of registration opening. I haven't heard anything from them yet about a phone interview. I emailed them about it a few weeks ago (March 4, according to my email records), and they said that it could be up to a month from registration, but it's been well over a month now, and still, nothing. I just tried calling them and nobody answered the phone.
Anyone hear anything from IsraelExperts yet? Or other organizers?
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