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Why Israel has world’s highest percentage of teenage EMTs

Posted on November 19th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Sixty percent of the volunteer staff of Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency-response network, are teenagers.


When the dispatcher alerted them about a two-week-old baby who’d stopped breathing, 16-year-old Ori Cohen and his Magen David Adom crewmates were right nearby with their ambulance. Working quickly under the guidance of the crew’s senior emergency medical technician, Cohen and his fellow volunteers restored the infant’s breathing and whisked her off to the hospital. The doctors said she’ll be fine.

Cohen is one of 11,000 Israeli teenagers working voluntary shifts on MDA ambulances throughout Israel – making up a remarkable 60 percent of the volunteer staff.

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Confessions from the Edge of a Cliff: My Teen Mental Health Journey

Posted on November 12th, 2017
By Dani, an 11th grader on eJewishPhilanthropy


Talk loudly and talk a lot, because communication is first step on the path to healing.


Hope is a powerful thing. Hope inspires change. Hope – hatikva – is the reason our Jewish people have survived and thrived in this hostile world for so long. Hope is the ability to look past the darkness of the present and see a brighter future. But when a person loses hope, loses that ability to imagine an eventuality in which anything could ever be alright, it becomes difficult to go on.

I know this because I barely survived four years living without hope. For those four years, I was stuck alone in a dark, empty room, seriously contemplating just getting up and checking out before I realized that those who loved me – my friends, my parents, my rabbis – were only a phone call away. It is an experience I would not wish on anyone, and one I wish never to repeat.

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My Nickname Was Retard: How I Survived Bullying

Posted on November 5th, 2017
by JerusalemU.org for aish.com


With no friends and no future in sight, Ben cried himself to sleep at night, even contemplating suicide. But then he had a revelation that changed everything.


“When everyone else has given up on you, it’s hard not to give up on yourself.” Ben is a fighter. And there are others out there. People who seem so ordinary - yet contain a hidden greatness. Watch the rest of Jerusalem U’s Hear Me Roar series, and meet young Jewish heroes who have overcome staggering obstacles to reveal their inner strength. Support Bullying Prevention Month, World Day of Bullying Prevention, National Stop Bullying Day, and Anti-Bullying Day - let’s put an end to bullying!

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The prize of postponing your lives for one year

Posted on October 29th, 2017
By Inbal Arieli for Israel21c


On top of military service, many Israeli teens do a year of volunteering or preparatory studies. It’s a valuable transition from adolescence to adulthood.


Educators in countries without compulsory military service often ask me, “How can we create a stronger connection between youth and community? How can we teach them responsibility and accountability?”

They assume that compulsory military service in Israel inspires these characteristics. I don’t adhere to this assumption. I believe other Israeli frameworks that target positive causes enable these characteristics and can serve as models to replicate. They do, however, come with a price: postponing life for a year. But is it a price, or is it actually a prize?

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An IDF Program for Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Posted on October 22nd, 2017
By Leora Eren Frucht for Hadassah Magazine


In the nerve center of the Israel Defense Forces known as The Kirya, 10 soldiers are sitting in front of computer screens perusing aerial photographs.

​There is nothing especially noteworthy about the sight of these recruits at work in an intelligence unit inside this sprawling Tel Aviv base. Which makes the scene all the more remarkable, since all of the young men are on the autism spectrum.

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Is Facebook Ruining our Democracy. Join us at this month's Men's Club Brunch Speaker Series for an eye opening talk on the impact of Social Media on the future of our electoral system by Jose Marichal Ph.D. Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. Sunday November 12, 10:30 AM in the Social Hall. $10 per person. $8 for Men's Club members.

TEC Book Club - Join us to read and discuss "The REplacement Life"  - Tuesday November 21st. 7 P.M in the Scherr Conference Room. For more information contact Liz Groden at [email protected]

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