Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and
Simon Family JCC along with community partners present:

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David Hazony |Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 pm
American-born Israeli writer, translator, magazine editor

Israel as a Civilizational Force
Envisioned by its founders as much more than a refuge, the creation of Israel was a progressive attempt to reinvent Jewish life. David Hazony implores people to move beyond what they already know, tap into Israeliness, find their own Israel, rediscover the country, not the cause, and therefore secure the future of American Jewry.

 

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Erez Kaganovitz | Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 pm
Photo journalist, former news editor, self-professed feminist

Social Fabric of Tel Aviv: Life Stories Unraveled
The human behind Humans of Tel Aviv go beyond the media narrative, revealing a city openly embracing individuals of different faiths, skin colors and lifestyles to Facebook users worldwide, carrying the message that we are all far more alike than we are different. Erez Kaganovitz teaches children and families to help repair the world through photography and art with this interactive, family friendly workshop. Leon Family Gallery presents Humans of Tel Aviv, on display in October. Minimal ticket cost to cover food.

RSVP required. For more information, click here.


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Presented as part of the Simon Family JCC’s 
Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival
Rachel Fish | Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Unwavering activist, ivy-league educator, groundbreaking documentarian

Essential Israel:  Unique Voices of the 21st Century
Informing, not alarming when it comes to todayʼs college life climate, Rachel Fish is one of The Forwardʼs 50 most influential American Jewish leaders and educator to the educators of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University; shedding light on the nuance of Israelʼs internal and external conflicts and encourages exploration of debates on key issues embedded in a richly evoked sociohistorical context.

RSVP required. For more information, click here.

 

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Aaron David Miller | Monday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Former adviser to six secretaries of state, Middle East negotiator, public policy scholar

Gulliver's Troubles Revisited: The Future of the Middle East
The vice president for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Global Affairs analyst for CNN, Aaron David Miller offers patterns of the past as the basis for comparison to a modern-day Gulliver as a means for recognizing that not all foreign policy problems can be solved. He suggests not to abandon hope, but perhaps to abandon illusions.

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Gil Troy | Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Historian, political commentator, A History News Network “Top Young Historian”

The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland 
Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University, and Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Instituteʼs Engaging Israel Program, Gil Troy delivers todayʼs mission - questioning, studying, dreaming, and fulfilling different Zionist ideas with the challenge to accurately look back – with a dash of romance – and to creatively look forward – with a touch of rigor — weighing what Zionism can mean and become, today and tomorrow.

RSVP required. For more information, click here.

 

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Eyal Rob | Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm
Screenwriting professor by day, Tel Aviv DJ by night

From Holy Land to Club Land: The Evolution of Israel through Music
Co-founder of Israelʼs first music television channel, Israeli journalist and culture critic, Eyal Rob brings the Tel Aviv music scene to Tidewater, reflecting the Jewish nationʼs songs through wars, peace, struggle, and hope, combining his unique style for an interactive Yom HaʼAtzmaut celebration for all ages. Minimal ticket cost to cover food, event will take place at Congregation Beth El, Norfolk.

RSVP required. For more information, click here.

 

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Israel Fest | Sunday, April 22, 11-4 pm

Yom Ha’atzmaut, community celebration of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday.

For more information, click here.




*Of blessed memory

 

Unless otherwise noted, all events are FREE and open to the community, and take place at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive in Virginia Beach.

For more information on the Israel Today series, including upcoming events, and purchasing tickets, please contact Melissa Eichelbaum at 757.321.2304 or meichelbaum@ujft.org.

 

The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC are grateful for the support of our community partners for our 7th annual Israel Today series including: ADL of Greater Washington · AIPAC · AJC · BBYO · Beth Sholom Village · B’nai Israel Congregation · Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University · Chabad Lubavitch of Tidewater · Congregation Beth Chaverim · Congregation Beth El · Embassy of Israel in Washington · FIDF – Virginia Chapter · Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater · Hebrew Academy of Tidewater · Jewish Family Service of Tidewater · Jewish National Fund · Kehillat Bet Hamidrash · Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapter of ORT America · ODU Hillel · Ohef Sholom Temple ·  Old Dominion University's Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding · Regent University · Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College of Norfolk State University · Temple Emanuel · Temple Israel · Tidewater Community College · Tidewater Jewish Foundation · UJFT Holocaust Commission · UJFT Men’s Campaign ·UJFT Society of Professionals · UJFT Women’s Cabinet · UJFT Young Adult Division · 

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