Ella's Blog

Hear from our shlicha, Ella Haetzni, about Israeli current events and perspectives.

Thoughts on Yom HaZikaron

"I got kidnapped"—that was the last recorded message of Gilad Shaer almost four years ago when he and two other teens, only 16 and 19 years old, were kidnapped on their way home. Sadly, after a month, their bodies were found.

This horrible event was the beginning of the "Protective Edge" …

Tu B'Shvat Traditions

My first and most vivid memory of Tu B’svhat is from when I was in 4th grade. I remember that my whole class went to plant trees at the entrance of our neighborhood in Jerusalem. I remember how joyful we were as we dug in the ground to make a place for our plants and how, every couple of m…

The Bond of One People

October 26, 2017

Not long ago I arrived to the U.S. to serve as a shlichah (Israeli emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Howard County. On the flight from Israel, I noticed volunteers from IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization that responds to crises around the world. They were…