With the exception of holiday conflicts and summer break, NH4Israel hosts biweekly talks with refreshments at Manchester’s Temple Israel (TIM) at 6:30PM on alternate Wednesdays. If other venues and weekdays are scheduled, word of the change will be publicized in advance as well as posted on the calendar of events at NH4Israel.org. NH4Israel guest speakers generally address current issues surrounding the state of Israel as well as historical analyses of topics such as the Diaspora, Jew-hatred and the making of Israel.
On February 3rd NH4Israel hosted David Hunt of Merrimack, who is on the Governing Board of Connections Israel (CI). CI is a designated 501c3 charity which is like similar organizations whose purpose is to provide morale and holiday gifts, especially food, to the IDF. Friends of the IDF is perhaps the most well known of these charities. However, the REALLY BIG difference between CI and others is that CI aligns an individual unit of the IDF with donors. In other words, CI allows a donor such as David Hunt to,say, “adopt a crew” of an IDF fighting ship, rather than IDF soldiers, sailors, and airmen in general. Also, “lone soldiers” (those young men and women of the Jewish Diaspora who have no immediate family in Israel) in non-sponsored IDF units are singled out for reception of CI’s “Care Packages”.
In addition to food packages, CI sponsors Purim and Chanukah parties as well as meals on other Jewish holidays. All deliveries are by local Israeli volunteers. A separate division, the Jerusalem Project, handles “unit adoptions” and distributions within the confines of Jerusalem.
CI prides itself on taking personal care of CI’s donors who visit Israel. CI tourists will be able to go to their partnered unit to have a meal with the crew and likely have a demonstration of their military equipment. A good deal for all is to be had. For more information, please contact David Hunt at Email: email@example.com or for more general information and video links of CI interacting with the IDF, go to http://connectionsisrael.com/.
NH4Israel carpooled to Brandeis University for the second meeting in February to hear Dr. Mordechai Kedar address the students and the public. Dr. Kedar is a professor at Bar Elan University who spent 25 years in the Israeli Intelligence Service. Dr. Kedar covered the current geopolitics of the area and took his audience through the ethnic and religious makeup of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan and showed how these countries drawn up by the French and British after their victory over the Ottoman Empire following WWI, are an ethic, religious, and tribal mish-mash. Curiously, the British mandate for Palestine consisted of land to the east and west of the Jordan River. The portion of mandate Palestine to the west of the Jordan River and its sources curiously comes close to the land boundaries given Israel in Numbers/Parsha Masei 34.
Dr. Kedar believes that Arab unity in today’s Arab conflict areas might be a long time coming. The essence of his talk is captured on a JBS video of another talk on his 2016 winter speaking tour. The site is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sE1F27ea38
More lectures and other educational films on Israel are planned for the 2016 season. Find out more and sign up for email updates at NH4Israel.org.