Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y

Homecoming Isn’t a Walk in the Park

| WED, SEP 09, 2020

I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by the sudden shift from a crippling quarantine to an intense new reality in Tel Aviv. So many people want to reunite with me, check in…

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How can I even start saying goodbye?

| FRI, AUG 14, 2020

Truth be told, I didn’t believe this day would come. This day of closure, in which I’ll come back to Israel from two exciting, life-changing years at the 14th Street…

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Why Do We Celebrate Tikkun?

| TUE, MAY 26, 2020

Every year in May or June, the 14th Street Y celebrates a Tikkun: a mesmerizing deep dive into Jewish and Israeli culture, our way of celebrating the Jewish holiday of…

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How Mimouna Can Provide an Antidote to Social Distancing

| SAT, APR 18, 2020

Mimouna is the traditional North African Jewish celebration of eating chametz to mark the end of Passover. Ophir Tal, Israeli Emissary on behalf of The UJA Federation to The 14th…

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How the High Holidays Can Save the Environment

| THU, OCT 24, 2019

“I remember the first thing I noticed when we came into the harbor-I woke up, and suddenly smelled something. And of course, it was pollution”-Greta Thunberg, Environmental activist and winner…

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The Journey Continues into the Dusk

| FRI, JUN 07, 2019

Before I start, I want to tell you all just how much I have missed you, dear readers. For those of you who follow my blog each month, you may…

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To Be Free And At Peace

| TUE, NOV 20, 2018

Dear Friends and members of The 14th Street Y, When I decided to become a Shaliach, an Israeli relationship-building emissary, I knew that missing home would be a challenge. I…

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How the High Holidays Can Lift You Up

| WED, SEP 12, 2018

Let’s take the term “High Holidays” and analyze it together. What association comes to mind with the word ”high”? To me it symbolizes “uplifting” or “ascending.” In Hebrew, the High…

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In Search of Home and Existence

| THU, SEP 06, 2018

I’ll start by gladly announcing: I finally found my apartment! It is only 500 steps away from the 14Y. I counted! Soon I will be able to call this place…

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What I’m Not Packing

| MON, AUG 20, 2018

21:00 PM, Freezing Thursday evening, in my Jerusalemite home. My friends are about to arrive for my farewell party, and when they do one letter after the other flood me.…

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