Israel Programs

Teaching About Israel

Lectures, panels, workshops, documentary films, cultural and holiday events about Israel have long been a central part of BJ’s Israel Programming. Of equal importance are events we sponsor that are intended to challenge our assumptions and to bring differing viewpoints to light, educating ourselves about the stories in Israel that are not presented by the mainstream media.

Peace in Dialogue: An Israel Salon with Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom

Thursday, November 15 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Given Upon Registration

In the village of Neve Shalom hundreds of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian kids play in the schoolyard; over 60,000 Israeli and Palestinian professionals are trained in dialogue and negotiation; and people of all faiths join together to celebrate their neighbors’ holidays. This sounds too good to be true, right? Join Vered Marom and Samah Salaime, two women leaders in the only bi-national village in Israel, to hear about the educational, dialogue, and peace-building work being done in this unique community. Click here for more information.

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Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Mondays, Beginning October 8 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Wednesday Class)

Fall: October 31November 28January 2February 6; Spring: March 6April 10May 15June 5 | 11:00AM-2:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, so this Wednesday class has been created by popular demand. 

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

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Cooking In Hebrew: A Course in Israeli Cuisine (Thursday Class, FULL)

Fall: November 1, November 29, January 3, February 7; Spring: March 7, April 11, May 16, June 6 | 6:30-9:00PM | Frankel Hall

NOTE: Thursday class is currently full, click here for Wednesday class

Food is a world unto itself. It’s a peep-through window, a bridge between worlds and a key to different cultures. Food brings people together and opens hearts; food comforts and stimulates memories.

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The Amazing Life of Eliezer Ben Yehudah—A Post Kiddush talk with Ben Yehuda's Granddaughter Eliezra

Saturday, December 1 | Following Shabbat Services | Reception Room

Few modern-day Jewish leaders have had such a profound impact on contemporary Judaism as the visionary Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who inspired a near impossible feat: transform Hebrew, which, for centuries, had been used only in study, into the spoken language we all know today. Join his granddaughter Eliezra after kiddush as she tells his amazing life story from an insider’s perspective, sharing details never told before. No registration necessary.

Israeli Book Club

Second Person Singular Book Cover

Sunday, December 2 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration 

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your typical reading group—it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society, and politics. Join us for a good read and nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary Israeli issues.

About Second Person Singular

From one of the most important contemporary voices to emerge from the Middle East comes a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice, which asks whether it is possible to truly reinvent ourselves, to shed our old skin and start anew.

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Hebrew-Speaking Havurah

Second Sunday of Each Month* | 5:30-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

Get together with other Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs. Each month, a topic will be chosen and reading material (in both English and Hebrew) will be provided. At each meeting, we will hold a discussion in Hebrew.

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On the Map: Movie Screening and Conversation with Israeli Basketball Legend Tal Brody

Saturday, December 15 | 7:00-9:30PM | Community House 3rd Floor
Join us for a screening of the documentary On the Map. After the film, stay for a conversation with the star, Israeli basketball legend Tal Brody. Light refreshments, popcorn, and soft drinks will be served.
Ticket Pricing: $10 online,  $15 at the door

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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Every First Sunday, January-June 2019 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location Given Upon Registration

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today, each of whom are represented by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). These musicians, artists, singers, and actors will perform in an intimate home setting, drawing on an overarching theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. The series is curated by BJ’s music director Dan Nadel, and facilitated by BJ’s shaliah Moshe Samuels.

Meeting Dates: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2

Interested in hosting one of these fabulous salons? Please contact Moshe Samuels.

Programs From Previous Years


Ruth Gavison2015, UWS Yom Ha’atzmaut –  Envisioning The Future, What does the future hold?, Professor Ruth Gavison
Celebrating Israel’s founding and it’s vision. Join Renowned law Professor, Ruth Gavison who will discuss with Dr. Jonathan Cummings her vision for the future of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, as well as looking into the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed laws that deal with nationality.

Click here to listen to a recording or the talk.

 

The Israeli Book Group, book covers.Israeli Literature Book Group (2012-2013 Carol Balin & Jennifer Sylvor & 2014-2015 Orli Moss & Ellen Bender)
Always wanted to read novels by Israel’s greatest authors? What can the books teach us about Israeli society that we don’t learn from the newspaper headlines? We read and discuss books that provide insight and provoke conversation.

2014/2015
World Cup Wishes / Eshkol Nevo
Suddenly a knock on the door / Etgar Keret
Dancing Arabs / Sayed Kashua
The Hilltop / Assaf Gavron
The Falafel King is Dead / Sara Shilo
2012/2013
A pigeon and a boy / Meir Shalev
Homesick / Eshkol Nevo
Second person singular / Sayed Kashua
And the Rat laughed/ Nava Semel
The people of forever are not afraid / Shani Boianjiu
To the End of the Land / David Grossman

The Hilltop, Assaf GavronAuthor Assaf Gavron Speaks About His New Book – The Hilltop (March 14, 2015)
Join Dr. Jonathan Cummings, our Behind the Headlines analyst and Ellen Bender, our Israeli Literature group facilitator as they interview Gavron about his best selling new Novel, The Hilltop, and discuss his thoughts on the upcoming elections in Israel. This event is part of Hagiga Ivrit, a week long celebration of Hebrew language and culture in NYC.