Noy Peri is the Gesher Shlicha (Emissary from Israel). Noy is from Rosh Ha’ayin Israel, where she was raised. She has one brother, two amazing parents and a dog which her family adopted from a dog shelter. She enjoys basketball, hiking and binge watching TV. Noy served in the Israeli Defense Force for two years in the intelligence corps. Noy was a Shlicha of the Jewish Agency for two summers at Ramah Day Camp Chicago, as a general counselor, as Rosh Shlichim and Rosh Ivrit (Hebrew). She looks forward to connecting the community to Israel and the Israeli culture; Show the community her love to her country, connect them to each other as a “Kehila” and making Tikkun Olam together.
Check back weekly for thoughts from Noy in Noy’s Notes!
Friday, March 15th, 2019
Yesterday I got to be in the annual event of the Federation of Greater Washington.
It was amazing seeing so many people coming together as a Kehila. So let me tell you something about Kehila for me. I never understood the importance of it. You know what? This word never really crossed my mind. Growing up as the majority, seeing Jewish things all over, knowing that that there are so many things that connect me with any other person in the room. In Israeli I thought that I don’t need a Kehila, I have many family and friends here and that’s what’s important.
Well here it’s a complete different story. I understand the meaning of the word, a Kehila is not just a group of people getting together, but a group of people who care of each other, want to grow and be prosperous, have each other’s back.
Last night, I saw people from all over the DMV meeting to do do something that is greater then us and it was amazing.
And if you think this was the best thing about yesterday? oh no! We got to hear one of the most influential woman in the American government for quit some time – Madeleine Albright. She was one of the most incredible speakers I’ve heard. She was smart with a drizzle Chutzpah that made her brilliant.
Any way… I’m continuing learning here every day something new and I love it!!!
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Yesterday history was made when Beresheet, the first Israeli spacecraft, was sent to the moon. A big and historic moment that I’m lucky to see live.
How it started you ask yourself? Google announced a competition in 2011!
The challenge called for privately funded teams to be the first to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit back to Earth high-definition video and images.
That time, one person in Israel in the name of Yariv decided he wants to join the parade and do this too. He used the Wisdom of the Crowd and opened a question to his friends on Facebook – who want to build this thing with me? Two joined him, and from then it’s history.
To understand how special it is I want to give you a few numbers:
8 years of working on this project.
33 companies that applied and only 5 that reached the finals.
100 million that was invested in the project.
3 countries landed on the moon by now, Israel will be next?
2 months it’ll take to the Beresheet reach the moon.
almost 71 years of independence for this country.
Israel made history yesterday, it’s innovating, enriching, teaching and inspiring,
Those people are amazing and I feel so proud of them.
Especially one, my friend from school, Nir Amitai, which did a video call today with the kids. He explained to them the process, his job and answered questions.
I have the most awesome friends!!
Shabbat Shalom filled with new beginnings,
Friday, February 14th, 2019
Not sure if you know it, but the Eurovision is happening in 94 days and Israel is going crazy. If you don’t know, the Eurovision is an international song competition (mostly with countries from Europe). It’s the time where all countries bring their best show and artists to perform. The songs are written especially for the contest and the excitement is going up.
Israel won the Eurovision 4 times in history, one of the countries that won the biggest amount of times. Every song, became an anthem in Israel society: Abanibi, Hallelujah, Diva, and Toy. Abanini represents the B language that kids talked so their parents would not understand (yes, my parents did that too), Hallelujah spoke about hope, Diva gave equality a face and Toy came with a story of bullying and having a social hard life.
In Israel, the process of choosing our representative is different than most countries. We have a reality show (because why not make more money out of it?) so the whole country has a say in choosing the singer. Yesterday we chose our representative – Kobi Marimi in a very tight competition. It was a great final with 4 amazing singers that are so different from each other. We are lucky to host the Eurovision after winning the last one. We will bring many people to see our beautiful country, to have fun, help tourism, meet Israelis and much more. May 18 is the date – Eurovision finals! It’s going to be amazing!
I want to add a song that Kobi sang during the competition:
Friday, February 1st, 2019
Part of loving your country is protesting when you see that things are going in the wrong direction and not the way you think your country should. My parents and their parents and their parents before them dreamed about Israel for thousands of years. When they finally moved from Ethiopia to Israel their labels switched from “Jewish” first to “Ethiopian” first. Since then, our Israeli-Ethiopian community struggles to get the equality we deserve.
Yesterday 20 thousand people came together in Tel Aviv’s main square to protest the murder of a young Israeli-Ethiopian by a police officer. The murder and the protest that followed are part of the ongoing struggle that we as Israel-Ethiopians experience every day in Israel. Israel as a society is not perfect. Like any society, people still profile based on skin color and ethnic background. When each of us stands in front a non-Ethiopian Israeli, we will be judged by our appearance first. Sometimes they will actually stop to learn who we are.
But yesterday’s protest is also a sign of strength and hope. When we come together as a community (Ethiopian and Non-Ethiopian Israelis), we can make a difference. I am so proud of my friends who stood yesterday and fulfilled their civic duty of expressing themselves. Building a justice society doesn’t happen overnight – Israel has been working on this for 70 years now. I know that together we can make this dream a reality.
Even from far away I am standing with my family, friends, and community. If you would like to know more, or have questions or comments, feel free to reach out.
Waga, we stand by you together and fight for a better cause. A change will take time – but we will succeed in changing Israel!
Friday, January 25, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Happy Israeli Election season!
I don’t know if you noticed but first day of winter break was also the first day of the election season in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu announced that April 9th 2019 will be the day of elections in Israel and a parade has started!
Only one week into this season and we already have a few more parties. Two big break up and one Eretz Nehederet (in translation it’s great land, but it’s also the name of Israeli SNL).
Got confused? Us too.
It started with rumors about Beni Gantz (former chief of staff) joining the politics. It’s not strange that army people join the politics, but the power of Beni Gantz is bigger then any person anticipated. The polls say that his new party will have 16 mandates!
The Jewish Home lost its two major leaders – Naftali Benet and Ayelet Shaked, that decided on creating their own party. Many people say it’s a good decision for their specific crowd. As The Jewish Home approaches more religious right wing crowd, Benet and Shaked want to approach a religious and non-religious right wing.
One big breakup that accrued yesterday rocked Israel.The Zionist Union was established by the Labor Party and Hatnuah Party to build a strong center-left wing to Netanyahu. Avi Gabai (the head of the party) decided to go live and separate the two movements – without telling Tzipi Livni (the head of the other movement in the party).
Confused yet? Us too!