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.

Conversational Hebrew Group

Monthly (next meeting is Sunday, February 5) | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.

Get together with other proficient Hebrew speakers to discuss current affairs with your BJ friends. Each month a topic will be chosen and reading material in both English and Hebrew will be provided.. At our meetings we will hold a facilitated discussion in Hebrew on the chosen topic. Get to know other Hebrew speakers in our community and learn about and share your thoughts on current events and trends. Proficiency in Hebrew is required to fully participate in this salon.

Please contact Nili at: for details.

Making Sense of Israeli Politics: A Guide For the Perplexed

Every other Thursday, December 8-March 16 | 7:00-8:15PM | 89th Street Middle Room 

Although Israel is a relatively young country, its politics are rich and dynamic; some might say that they are contentious and Byzantine. In this conversation, we will examine the ideological basis of what unites and divides Israelis, the foundation and basic operations of Israel’s political system, and the key points of focus in Israel’s most heated political disputes.  Read more »

Registration for ‘Israel Celebrates 70’ Community Trip to Israel Now Open

December 25, 2017 – January 3, 2018 | Registration open through May 2017 

Visiting Israel with fellow BJ members, rabbis and staff is always a memorable experience. Our Israel trips combine service, study, and prayer and are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture.

As Israel celebrates 70 years of Independence, we are delighted to announce a new community trip scheduled from December 25, 2017 to January 3, 2018.  Read more »

The Israeli Book Club Discusses Khirbet Khizeh

Sunday, February 26 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.
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 a nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues in Israel. Our next book is Khirbet Khizeh by S. Yizhar . Register here

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