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Jerusalem U creates and distributes innovative and stimulating feature films and film-based educational programs with the goal of making young Jews feel proud of being Jewish and emotionally connected to Israel.

Meet The Clowns Changing How Syrian Refugees See Israel

A pair of Israeli medical clowns embody the best of Israel! Not only do they help kids in hospitals to laugh away their anxiety and be happy, but they comfort Syrian refugee children and their families who are receiving humanitarian assistance, all while breaking socio-political boundaries and stereotypes along the way.

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Israeli Uses Music to Bring People Together

Film Director Micah Smith is back on the street! His mission today is to meet Eran Zamir, an Israeli musician, composer, and Oud player who is all about cultural diversity, creating his own mashup music instruments, and unique Middle Eastern sound.

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Matzah Gets a Makeover for Passover

Here's the latest video from our "Have You Met?" mini-documentary series, where director Micah Smith meets super-talented Israelis, like makeup artist Tal Peleg, who puts her art in the craziest places. This time, Micah visits the kitchen of internationally acclaimed Israeli chef Ido Zarmi. Chef Zarmi shows Micah how to make two delicious (and easy) Passover dishes. Now it's your turn! Watch the video with Chef Zarmi in action, and then scroll down to find the recipes for his seder-perfectItalian Charoset and Judeo-Spanish Matzah Spinach Pie.

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Israeli Artist Creates Eye Makeup Looks You’ve Never Seen Before

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg creates eye makeup and body art worthy of Lady Gaga! Watch her transform her inspiration into eye art that features her cats, Beauty and the Beast, fairy tale princesses and even emojis.  Looks like body paint and makeup tutorials have joined forces in Israel! 

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Focusing on Success: Jerusalem U's 2016 Highlights.

Reading our friends Facebook feeds, it seems that a lot of people have mixed feelings about 2016, but as you can see in the highlights below,  2016 has been a busy, productive and successful year for Jerusalem U.

Thanks to the support of our incredible friends and partners and our amazing team, we released new films, both long and short; we held hundreds of awesome events across North America; created new on-line courses that have already been seen by thousands of people; and in Israel hundreds of gap year students have attended our unique classes. In fact in 2016 we partnered with 562 organizations that used our materials and \

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Make a JU Year Resolution

At this time of year our Facebook timelines are full of our friends resolutions to lose weight, recycle more, focus more on class, etc, and I think we know that most of these resolutions will be epic failures, and they'll will sadly end 2017 a little heavier, surrounded by bubble wrap and plastic, with retakes on the horizon. So here are some totally workable ideas for a happy 'JU Year' for members of The Tribe! 

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Jerusalem U announces major new partnership with Jewish National Fund’s Boruchin Israel Education & Advocacy Center

December, 2016: Jerusalem:  In September this year, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its renowned JNF Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center (Boruchin Center), announced new partnerships by awarding grants to Jerusalem U and other awardees. They join previous grant awardees to impact thousands of Jews and non-Jews across North America. 

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Hanukka - 8 Crazy Facts for 8 Crazy Nights

Hanukka is arguably the most popular and best known of Jewish festivals. 

You probably know what it's all about: the Maccabees miraculously beat the Greeks and the thing with the day's worth of oil that burned for eight days... throw in some doughnuts and dreidles and yada yada you have Hannukah... or Chanuka, Hanukah, Hanukka...ok, however you spell it, here are a few crazy Festival of Lights facts that will make you a hit at any candle lighting: 

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The Magnitude of Israel's Fires by The Numbers (21 photos)



Over 630 fires have blazed through Israel since last Tuesday (November 22nd) 


Many were smaller fires, but several were giant blazes which struck at the heart of residential areas. This NASA satellite image shows smoke billowing from Haifa in the North and in Jerusalem region, the areas hardest-hit by the fires.

You Can Help Israel Recover! - Donate to the JNF

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5 Reasons to Come to a Mekonen Film Launch Party


  1. You’ll meet the most Jewish person ever.

 In the film, you’ll be introduced to Mekonen’s father, who sacrificed everything he had to help fulfill the dream of immigrating to Israel. If Judaism means making difficult choices and inspiring others to fulfill a common cause, there is no greater role model for us to emulate.

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