Israel at 70

Celebrate 70 years of Israeli independence!

Join the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island as we mark this momentous anniversary and look toward the future with a season-long community celebration including special events, movies, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and gatherings.

All events are free and take place at the Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI Unless otherwise specified. For more information on the events listed below, contact Tslil Reichman at treichman@jewishallianceri.org or 401.421.4111 ext. 121.

Sunday, April 29 | 3:00pm
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Temple Habonim | 165 New Meadow Rd, Barrington, RI
Enjoy the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” It chronicles the 70+ cultures that make up the Israeli people, each with wonderful and unique food traditions. Follow Michael as he visits vibrant eateries, fine restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, cheese makers, organic kitchens off the beaten track, and much more. Michael Solomonov will appear in person at the Dwares JCC on Wednesday, May 2. (This event is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and is generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation.)

Wednesday, May 2 | 7:00pm
An Evening with Michael Solomonov
Generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation
The Rhode Island Jewish community will culminate Israel at 70 with this special event. Israeli-American chef Michael Solomonov, the James Beard Foundation Chef of the Year (2017), will share his personal story and describe what Israeli cuisine truly is. ZAHAV, the 2015 James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year, is available for purchase at the Dwares JCC, and Solomonov will sign copies on May 2.
Click here to register for this epicurean event! For more information, contact Jana Brenman at jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org or call 401.421.4111 ext. 181.

Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00pm
Military Intelligence in the Information Age
Are you interested in learning what intelligence research is and how it is gathered? Together with guest speaker Yael Stolarsky, a former IDF intelligence soldier, we will explore the challenges and changes in our fast-paced world, the “information era,” and some of the revisions and concepts in intelligence analysis.


Events we’ve enjoyed thus far…

Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00pm
From Countries to Cloud Nations: The Upcoming Shift of Power
Dr. Roey Tzezana, a Future Studies researcher from Tel Aviv University and author of “Rulers of the Future,” will discuss the shift of power we have witnessed in the last decade. Topics include forces that cause the digital industry to converge around a few “big winners,” how they can damage democracy, and leaders using digital tools to influence voters’ choices.

Wednesday, December 6 | 7:00pm
Above and Beyond
In 1948, a group of American World War II pilots volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. This motley group of heroes helped prevent the destruction of Israel while establishing the framework for the Israeli Air Force. A feature-length documentary filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah by Nancy Spielberg.

Wednesday, January 3 | 7:00pm
Serving Up Israel
Who was Levi Eshkol? What dish represents Ben Gurion? What did Golda Meir prepare in her kitchen during important meetings? And what do all these dishes have to do with the establishment and independence of the state of Israel? Join us as we travel through history to learn about important Israeli dishes. Get a chance to discuss, cook, bake, and taste these classic dishes throughout what will definitely be a tasty evening.

Tuesday, January 30 | 7:00pm
Temple Torat Yisrael | 1251 Middle Road, East Greenwich, RI
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Enjoy the documentary “The Search for Israeli Cuisine.” It chronicles the 70+ cultures that make up the Israeli people, each with wonderful and unique food traditions. Follow Michael as he visits vibrant eateries, fine restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, cheese makers, organic kitchens off the beaten track, and much more. Additional local screenings around the state will be held in the spring, and  Michael Solomonov will appear in person at the Dwares JCC on Wednesday, May 2. For more information on this screening, contact Stephanie Reinsant at stephanie@toratyisrael.org or 401.885.6600. (This event is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and is generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation.)

Wednesday, February 7 | 7:00pm
My Hero Brother
Official film selection for Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month

In this film, a group of young Israelis with Down Syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas with their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, unresolved conflicts surface and heartwarming friendships develop. Follow their difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India.

Sunday, February 11 | 3:00pm
Golda’s Balcony: A Staged Reading
Featuring Bobbie Steinbach, Golda’s Balcony follows Golda Meir from her humble beginnings as a Wisconsin school teacher to her meteoric rise through Israel’s early political system, becoming one of the world’s first elected female heads of state and one of the most influential women in Israel’s history.

Special Exhibit from February 1 through March 2
Humans of Tel Aviv
Israeli photographer Erez Kaganovitz snapped the people of Tel Aviv and simply posted them to his own Facebook wall. When he stumbled upon Humans of NewYork, he immediately thought, “Why not do the same thing for Tel Aviv? I could show the diversity and vitality of the city’s people and give the world a fresh perspective on Tel Aviv and Israel along the way.” In Humans of Tel Aviv, one can find all the ingredients of the melting pot that truly is Tel Aviv.

Sunday, February 25
Three Special “Humans of Tel Aviv” Workshops with photographer Erez Kaganovitz
11:00     Telling Your Story through Photography
Each of us has the ability to tell a story using photography. This workshop gives teens the basic tools necessary to tell the world how it looks through their eyes.
1:00        Human Rights and the Public Sphere
Using photographs, we will explore together the subtle, but present tensions among the different social groups in Tel Aviv, and use this city as a laboratory to explore democracy, human rights, and the public sphere.
4:00        Humans of Tel Aviv and the Social Fabric of Tel Aviv
The amazing social fabric of Tel Aviv will be unraveled for you by the life stories of the different Humans who participated in this project. It’s actually ‘Tel Aviv 101″ for those who want to better understand why Tel Aviv is one of the most liberal cities in the world.

Wednesday, March 7 | 7:00pm
YemeNight
Who are the Yemenite Jews? How have their fascinating aliyah to Israel and the struggles they faced influenced Israeli culture today?

You are invited to enter the world of the Jewish-Yemenite tradition. Learn about the fascinating history of Yemenite Jews, their immigration to Israel, and the difficulties of assimilation. Discover what makes a Yemenite different from Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and other Jewish groups. Listen to music, discuss traditions, and enjoy traditional Jewish-Yemenite food including malawach, a fried bread consisting of layers of puff pastry.

Sunday, March 25 | 3:00pm
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Enjoy the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” It chronicles the 70+ cultures that make up the Israeli people, each with wonderful and unique food traditions. Follow Michael as he visits vibrant eateries, fine restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, cheese makers, organic kitchens off the beaten track, and much more. Michael Solomonov will appear in person at the Dwares JCC on Wednesday, May 2. (This event is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and is generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation.)

Tuesday, April 10 | 7:00pm
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Temple Sinai | 30 Hagen Ave, Cranston, RI

Enjoy the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” It chronicles the 70+ cultures that make up the Israeli people, each with wonderful and unique food traditions. Follow Michael as he visits vibrant eateries, fine restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, cheese makers, organic kitchens off the beaten track, and much more. Michael Solomonov will appear in person at the Dwares JCC on Wednesday, May 2. (This event is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and is generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation.)

Tuesday, April 17 | 7:00pm
Yom Ha’Zikaron Ceremony
Join us for a memorial ceremony as we honor and remember those who have fallen in defense of Israel or from acts of terror.

Thursday, April 19 | 6:00pm
A PJ Library Musical Celebration featuring  Rick Recht
This program is sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Beth Sholom, PJ Library, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai, and Temple Torat Yisrael.
Enjoy a fun, interactive concert featuring renowned Jewish musician and PJ Library National Celebrity Spokesperson. Rick Recht will help us commemorate Yom Ha’Atzmaut Israeli Independence, and there will be on-stage participation from local children.*  Join us as early as 5:00pm to purchase some Israeli food for dinner and to participate in a variety of activities and games. There is no charge for this event, and space is limited. RSVP before April 10 to be entered into a raffle to win $50 off either a week of camp or a birthday party. You will not want to miss this great family time and wonderful concert. Reserve your spot today!  For additional information, contact Michelle Cicchitelli at 401.421.4111 ext. 178 or mcicchitelli@jewishallianceri.org. Click here to register.

*At least five lucky junior rock-and-rollers will win the opportunity to go on stage and sing alongside Rick! Check out the PJ Library Facebook page  for more details.

Israel at 70

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