It is with great sadness that JBS acknowledges the passing of one of our founders and inspiration, Kenneth Schwartz. Kenny was always a happy, positive and supportive friend who worked alongside us to encourage discussion and raise awareness about issues within the Jewish community. An activist and supporter for many causes, Kenny was intelligent, articulate and passionate, but more than all else he was kind and considerate. He will be missed as a colleague and friend. May his family find comfort among the mourners of Jerusalem.
Israel
Loud and Clear:The Memoir of an Israeli Fighter Pilot
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One of the surest ways to ignite a dynamic debate in Israel is to walk into any cafe and mention the name Iftach Spector. Practically straight out of the old joke, you'll find more opinions than people about this colorful and controversial figure. Part war hero - part political dissident, Iftach Spector has spent his entire life challenging the status quo and putting himself on the front lines of causes he believes in. In this book, his autobiography, Spector tells his story without apologies and with conviction.
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Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor & Saul Singer
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There is a great video making the YouTube rounds that establishes a compelling case against efforts, mainly in Europe, to organize a grassroots economic boycott of Israel. The video simply states that any boycott in Israel would require boycotters to put down their computers, shut off their cell phones, and refuse certain medical treatments. In other words, Israeli technology now permeates every aspect of modern life and the Israeli economy is now a critical component of the global economy. So, how did this small, beleaguered country become an economic powerhouse? The full story - social, economic, cultural, political - is explained in detail in Start-Up Nation, perhaps the best "feel good" book on Israel since Leon Uris' Exodus.
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Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End by Daniel Gordis
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When I moved to Israel in 1984 I was a secular Jew benefitting from a traditional upbringing. To my surprise, Israelis, almost without exception, would constantly ask me why I came to Israel. "What, America wasn't good enough for you?" I was puzzled by the question. Wasn't their own government actively recruiting Jews from around the world to make Aliyah (settle in Israel) and help build the Jewish nation?" "Was I moving in the wrong direction?"
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Every Spy A Prince by Dan Raviv and Yossi Mellman
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In their extraordinarily well-researched and well-crafted book, Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community, authors Dan Raviv, a former correspondent for CBS News; and Yossi Melman, a political and defense commentator for the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, take a long and hard look at Israel's intelligence services, warts and all.
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