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Reflections on a New Year, a New Baby and COVID

This is a day for celebration. Or as King David put it in Psalms: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). This morning, my newest grandson, my 10th grandchild, will have his circumcision ceremony. And while this is my 9th grandson undergoing circumcision, following 4 sons who experienced the same ceremony, this time it is all quite different. And wonderful all in its own way.

Israel Will Prevail

December 8, 2021 Sondra Oster Baras This morning, Moriah, a young Jewish woman living in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem, was stabbed by an Arab terrorist as she was walking her children to school. The terrorist was a 14-year-old girl and Moriah’s neighbor.  As soon as she had brazenly stabbed the young mother, the … Read more

Anti-Semitism is Growing!

the community of Telem is surrounded by hostile Arab villages, in particular the growing town of Tarkumiyeh. The land surrounding the community is in Area C, an area legally under exclusive Israeli control. The land is public land, none of it owned by any private individual, Arab or Jew. And, by law, in order to build or develop anything on this land, Israeli government permission is required. While the people of Telem are careful law-abiding citizens and only build new homes and public buildings after receiving government authorization, the Arabs in the area are blatantly defying government regulations and developing this public land.

Abraham – A Biblical Zionist

Thoughts on the Torah portion by Sondra Oster Baras “And God said to Abram go forth from your country and from your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) What an amazing Scripture! So begins the story of Abraham and the story of the Jewish people. … Read more

The Battle Over Area C

the community of Telem is surrounded by hostile Arab villages, in particular the growing town of Tarkumiyeh. The land surrounding the community is in Area C, an area legally under exclusive Israeli control. The land is public land, none of it owned by any private individual, Arab or Jew. And, by law, in order to build or develop anything on this land, Israeli government permission is required. While the people of Telem are careful law-abiding citizens and only build new homes and public buildings after receiving government authorization, the Arabs in the area are blatantly defying government regulations and developing this public land.

Fighting Global Terrorism

August 31, 2021Sondra Oster Baras Prime Minister Naftali Bennett traveled to the US last week for his first meeting with US President Joe Biden.  Speculation abounded as to what the atmosphere and outcome of the meeting would be.  Bennett and his team had already landed in the US and Bennett had already met with Secretary … Read more

News from the Land August 3, 2021

A New Hebrew Month is Upon Us August 3, 2021 by Sondra Baras The Hebrew calendar is a lunar one and it is based on the monthly cycle of the moon rather than on the annual cycle of the sun.  A solar year is 365 days and the months are merely a convenience — dividing … Read more

Second Annual CFOIC Community Conference

July 6, 2021Sondra Oster Baras Today, at our Second Annual CFOIC Conference of Communities, we handed out over a million dollars to more than 30 communities and several regional councils for security and community needs.  These are funds that you, our trusted friends and supporters, have contributed during these past few months.  Some of you … Read more

An Update from Israel June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021Sondra Oster Baras For most of the last two years, Israel has been embroiled in an ongoing election campaign, with four elections taking place in less than two years. Most of the time, we were governed by transition governments and for a short time by a permanent government that only lasted a few … Read more

We are Still Fighting the 1948 War

June 1, 2021Sondra Oster Baras Israel experienced a totally new reality during these past few weeks.  A reality that could have been expected, a reality that some might even say was an obvious development. But at the end of the day, we woke up one morning and realized that the Arab-Israeli Conflict that we have … Read more