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.


The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, a View from Jerusalem

Thursday, October 26 | 8:30-10:00 PM | Location Upon Registration

Join Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish at our upcoming Israel Salon, as he talks about the issues addressed in his latest book, The Other Peace Process. The book describes the message and methods of interreligious dialogue and action in the context of the political peace process, the peace-building processes, and cutting-edge programs in Israel and the surrounding region.

Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish is the Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) and through his 25 years of service to this organization became one of the leaders in the field of interreligious dialogue in Israel and internationally. As a noted rabbi, author, and lecturer, he has spoken in synagogues, churches, mosques, universities, and at national and international conferences in Israel, North America, Europe, and the Far East. Read more »

BJ and JCC Manhattan Host Renowned Israeli Author Eshkol Nevo

Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30-9:00PM | JCC Manhattan

One of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Eshkol Nevo, is coming to New York for the launching of his most recent, bestselling novel Three Floors Up, which deals with residential life in Tel Aviv, crisis identity, and the darkness of parenthood. Read more »

Mission-Driven Communities in Israel - A New Approach to Social Change

Sunday, November 5 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Location upon R.S.V.P.

Join Tamar Gil, Director of Partnerships at Eretz-Ir, for a presentation on Mission-Driven Communities in Israel – groups of social activists who settle in underprivileged cities, and work within their surrounding communities to make their cities better places to live in. Together with longtime residents, they define problems specific to their neighborhood, seek relevant solutions, and establish social initiatives and businesses, propelling educational, cultural, and economic change. BJ’s Tzedek Minyanim demonstrate similar components of this bottom-up model for community work. Read more »