Would A Trip To Germany Be Off Sides?
by: Benjamin Marks for Fresh Ink for Teens
The unusual circumstances that brought me and my dad to a Berlin soccer stadium.
Traveling from New York to Berlin for a three-day visit was certainly an out-of-the-ordinary weekend for me. But, then again, it was unusual circumstances that brought my dad and me across the ocean to celebrate the 115th anniversary of Tennis Borussia Berlin (“TeBe” as it is called by fans), the storied sports club and football team that my great-great-grandfather founded in 1902.
About three years ago, my dad came across several stories about Alfred Lesser, my great-great-grandfather, all of which were posted on the TeBe website. Prior to his Internet search, the only thing my dad knew about Alfred was that he was a successful businessman in Berlin, before Hitler came to power.
Millennial ‘Gatherings’ Bridge Cultural Gaps
BY AMY SARA CLARK for The Jewish Week
Shabbat pilot program’s DIY vibe speaks to generation’s instincts.
When Ronit Levin Delgado signed up to host a Shabbat dinner that would bring together a cross-cultural group of millennials, she planned to keep it small. Living in a one-bedroom Prospect Lefferts Gardens apartment that realtors would call “cozy,” she figured she could accommodate at most 10 people.
But, being a typical Israeli, when people began asking if they could bring a friend — or two — she couldn’t say no. When the guest list hit 15, the multimedia artist got creative, giving the dinner a picnic theme, and painting several large forest-scapes to set the scene.
The secret to creating pro-Israel youth is spelled AEPi
Dr Mitchell Bard for The Times of Israel
Hardly a day passes without an article appearing about the situation on college campuses, with the overwhelming majority claiming the campuses are awash in anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitism. Some hysterics have gone so far as to make the irresponsible claim that Jewish students are in danger. Along with these concerns, commentators lament the ignorance of young Jews, their apathy and reluctance to stand up for Israel. Everyone is looking for the silver bullet to energize Jewish students to become pro-Israel activists whose love for Israel is infectious, who have the knowledge to discuss Israel with their classmates, and who have the courage to stand up to the campus bullies. Well, I had to learn Greek, but I have found the silver bullet — Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi). According to pollster Frank Luntz, “no one has had a greater impact and instilled greater confidence among college Jews than AEPi.”
A matchmaker's guide to starting a long-term relationship
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
A few tips can save you years of frustration.
Dating advice is often centered around meeting new, attractive people and getting them to go out with you. That's all well and good, but what if you're looking for something long-term? You might need to think about more than where to find women (everywhere) and how to take a headshot for your online dating profile.
Chaya Weisberg, a matchmaker living in Jerusalem, has thought a lot about this stuff, and she has advice for everyone who never wants to look at Tinder again.
Notice how they treat their families
Get paid to play video games? Yes, please!
by Meg C. Hall for FromtheGrapevine
As spectator interest grows in the eSports arena, so do players’ paychecks.
If your parents told you that playing video games was a waste of time and money, start planning your “I told you so” speech right now, because professional video gaming is on the rise.
Competitive gaming, also known as eSports, is taking its place alongside traditional athletic events, and many anticipate it becoming the most popular spectator sport of the 21st century. More than 70 million people regularly stream eSports tournaments every year.
Championships are happening all across the globe. For example, last month, Israel hosted its first national video game championship. Called GameIn Pro, it drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 gamers and fans to the coastal Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv for two days of on-screen punches, sword slashes, magic potions and epic brawls.