Israel Salons

Are you passionate about an Israel-related topic and want to explore it with other BJ members? Are you looking for opportunities to engage in deeper conversation with guest speakers and lecturers? Do you want to discuss Israeli culture, politics or practice your Hebrew in a small group setting? Then our new Israel Salons are meant for you!

So that our community members can encounter multiple facets of Israel, while engaging in conversation in an intimate setting, we are pleased to pilot a new format for Israel programs: The  BJ Israel Salons. The Salons provide a framework for both Israel engagement AND community engagement- all programs will be initiated by our members, and will be hosted at their homes. Salons may include presentations by guest speakers, group conversations around a chosen common topic, an Israeli movie or book club, or other initiatives. We will help you contact the right speakers/facilitators, find a member to host the program and publish it among our members.

If you are interested in suggesting a program (be it a one time session or an ongoing series of meetings) or if you are interested in hosting a Salon at your home, please contact Moshe Samuels.


Israeli Book Club discusses The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Sunday, June 3 | 5:00-6:30PM | BJ Community House

The 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.

Our next book is The People of Forever Are Not Afraid. Written by up-and-coming Israeli author Shani Boianjiu, the novel follows the story of three female Israeli soldiers going through their right of passage. Read the Washington Post’s rave review of the novel.

Buy this book from BJ’s new page on Amazon and a small portion of the proceeds will be donated back to us at no additional cost to you.

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The Ongoing Battle of the Orthodox Feminist Movement

Thursday, June 7 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location given upon registration 

Join attorney Yael Rockman, Executive Director of Kolech—the leading Orthodox feminist organization in Israel. Their mission is to further the status and rights of women in the realms of halakha, religious leadership and community life. Yael will discuss the successes and ongoing challenges of the Orthodox feminist movement as it clashes with the reactionary conservative rabbinic establishment and often toxic public atmosphere.

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