Israel 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.

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. Click here to register.

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
You are invited to enter the world of the Jewish-Yemenite tradition. Learn about the fascinating history of Yemenite Jews including their immigration to Israel and the difficulties of assimilation. Traditional Jewish-Yemenite food will be served.

Sunday, March 25 | 3:00pm
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. (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 Family Event: Yom Ha’Atzmaut Musical Celebration
Join us for music, food, stories, and family activities. Rick Recht, one of the most renowned Jewish artists of our time, will help us commemorate Israeli Independence. (This program is sponsored by: 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.)

Wednesday, May 2 | 7:00pm
Michael Solomonov & Israeli Cuisine
Generously funded by the Dr. James Yashar & Judge Marjorie Yashar Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation
The Rhode Island Jewish community will culminate Israel70 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 Michael Solomonov will sign copies on May 2. For more information, contact IsraelDesk@jewishallianceri.org or call 401.421.4111.

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.

Israel 70

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