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.

SOLD OUT: Israeli Culture Salon Series Part 2: The Founding Artistic Principles of Israel

Sunday, March 25 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

In this new salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists currently working in New York who 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 overlaying theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. Read more »

Israeli Book Club discusses Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Sunday, April 8 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon registration

The Israeli Book Club is more than just a 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 issues in Israel.
After reading a book written by an Israeli author on liberal American Jews (The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar) it is time we read a book written by a liberal American Jews on Israel. Therefore, our next book will be Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander. 

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Desert Stars - New Hope for Israel's Most Marginalized Community

Monday, April 16 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location upon registration
Join Major General Nimrod Sheffer for an Up-close Encounter: New Hope for Israel’s Most Marginalized Community.
The Bedouin are currently at the bottom of every socioeconomic measure in Israel, including measures of employment and educational attainment. A staggering 29% of young Bedouin drop out of high school and a mere 8.7% of young Bedouin begin studies in higher education. Unemployment is high as only 22% of Bedouin women and 60% of Bedouin men hold jobs. The widening socio-economic gap between Bedouin and other Israelis engenders frustration and despair, further alienating the Bedouin community.

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Israeli Culture Salon Series part 3: Israel's 70th - A Retrospective Through Art and Song  

Sunday, April 29 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

For our third and final Israel Culture Salon in this series, join guitarist Nadav Lev, choreographer Dana Katz, and film editor Shira Arad as they present their works and reflect on Israeli culture 70 years after the establishment of the State.

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