Parashat Itró

Parashat Itró – la parashá en la cual encontramos los diez mandamientos. En este video el Rabino Birnbaum da una explicación diferente sobre la mitzvá de respetar a nuestros padres y la relación que tiene la misma con la transmición de nuestra herencia judía.

Leah Hecht – African Refugee Advocate

Leah Hecht – Activist

Leah Hecht is the Director of Operations & Strategy at the African Refugee Development Centre (ARDC), a leading non-profit organisation based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Leah made Aliyah two years ago and initially commenced volunteering with ARDC in order to learn about the African refugee community in Israel and use her skills to lead and facilitate community initiatives.  Today Leah works with the ARDC team to advocate on behalf of the African refugees and asylum seekers living in Israel, and strengthen community capacity through access to education, vocational training, and employment opportunities.

Leah is a qualified lawyer in Australia with extensive experience practicing civil rights law and is passionate about facilitating a better life for African refugees in Israel. 

C.J. Glass – Musician

Best known for his performances on The Voice: Israel, Season 3, C.J. Glass is originally from Ithaca, New York. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in May 2005. During and after his college studies, C.J. had the unique opportunity of working with the production department of Jazz at Lincoln Center, bringing him into contact with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis.

C.J. Glass -Musician

C.J. moved to New York City in 2005. While living in New York, C.J. worked for The American Federation of Musicians, earned a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from Queens College, performed at The Blue Note and The Iridium jazz clubs with The Adam Ramsay – C.J. Glass Quintet, and was a featured performer with numerous Jewish music groups. One of his main formative experiences during this time was a period of weekly jam and tentet arrangement reading sessions at the house of the late, legendary vibraphonist, Teddy Charles.

Aside from music, C.J. co-authored the Jewish religious school textbook Torah Toons I with Joel Lurie Grishaver and has appeared on televised episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and SVU. He has also appeared in the movies Holy RollersThe Shmorg: II, and Megillas Lester, as the voice of Menashe.

In 2013, C.J. became an Israeli citizen. Even before performing on The Voice, C.J. began teaching at Mizmor School: Givat Washington. He was also invited to join the faculty of Akadma: The City Conservatory of Ashdod, where he teaches trombone, bass guitar, and a beginning jazz ensemble. C.J. Glass holds down the guitar chair of The Jazz Pipes, the official jazz orchestra of Modi’in, Israel.

Israel Security Expert Jordan Herzberg

Israel Security Expert Jordan Herzberg

Lieutenant Colonel (Reserves) Jordan Herzberg has been active in diplomacy, security, political and business affairs in Israel for over 20 years.  Serving as a track two diplomat for several Israeli Prime Ministers, Jordan participated in hundreds of hours of back channel negotiations with neighboring Arab heads of state, and has advised several Israeli government ministers. 

Volunteering as a lone soldier in the Israel Defense Forces Paratrooper Brigade, Jordan served in several different combat theaters, including extensive military service in Lebanon and Judea/Samaria.  Jordan currently serves as a commander in a combined paratroop/infantry/armored división. He also served as Chairman of Mechinat Lachish Meitarim, one of Israel’s largest gap year programs for young men and women, secular and observant, and is on the board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

The president of Israel Security Tours, Jordan has a BA with Honors in Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, including studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Business School. 

He made Aliyah in 1993 from the United States, and lives with his family in Jerusalem.