Israel at 70

At Central Synagogue

Israel at 70


Join us as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday.

Jerusalem, Reunion, Shabbat and Messiah: An Evening of Study with Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 pm | Pavilion

L’cha Dodi, the mystical Shabbat prayer, poetically expresses the meaning of holiness in time and space and the mystery of physical and spiritual union. We will study the history, content, and melodies of this well-known but little-understood prayer. This class is free and open to members and non-members.

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Spiritual Responses to the Political Situation in Israel with Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman

Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 pm | Pavilion

What are the challenges of living a Jewish life in Jerusalem? How do Israelis live with the tension of a constant security threat, and remain committed to Jewish values? Through texts and stories, this session will connect us to the reality of life in Jerusalem, where there are no easy answers. This class is free and open to members and non-members.

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Shuk Shack: Tu BiShvat Festival JNFuture After Party

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00pm | 555 West 18th Street

Join JNFuture for our inaugural Tu BiShvat Festival and after party! Be transported to the shuk right here in New York City. Savor Israeli street food, dance to the rhythms of Jerusalem, and experience the culture of the homeland close to home!

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Discussion with Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan

February 7 at 6:30 pm | Pavilion

Please join Rabbi Buchdahl in a candid conversation with Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan.  Dayan, the former Chairman of the Settlement movement, Yesha, has been described by the NY Times as “the most effective leader the settlers have had.”  Come for a timely conversation on issues of settlement and security, the Jerusalem embassy and Jewish pluralism from Israel’s Consul General, in light of the shifting US-Diaspora relationship.

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Relations between Israel and the Diaspora

April 9 at 6:30 pm | Pavilion

Should we support Women of the Wall, the Peace Process, the fight for Religious Pluralism”? What do we gain and lose from activism, public statements, twinning projects? Led by Israeli Reform Rabbi Naamah Kelman, this session will address these questions and help us think how best American Jews, us as particularly Reform Jews, should engage in Israel.

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Jerusalem: 50 Years of Complex Unification

April 26 at 6:30 pm | Pavilion

Elan Ezrachi, the author of “Awakened Dream - 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem”, a native of Jerusalem, will discuss key benchmarks and trends that shaped the current situation in Jerusalem. We will also reflect on the place that Jerusalem holds in the lives of American Jews.

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Yosi Klein HaLevi - Book Launch

May 16 at 6:30 pm | Main Sanctuary

Join us and The Jewish Week to laund the newest book from renowned Israeli author Yossi Klein HaLevi, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. From the Amazon book review, “Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.” Click here to learn more about the book.

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Our People

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge

Rabbi

Nicole Auerbach

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach

Director of Congregational Engagement

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