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Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

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Sunday, February 17


"The Middle East is Funny:” Explore Israeli History through Comedy
It has been said that throughout our history, Jews have laughed to keep from crying. In a country which has experienced its share of ups and downs, Israel has developed its own unique brand of humor. Benji tracks the changes in Israeli society through classic movie, TV, and comedy clips.

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Benji Lovitt

Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian/educator Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences in North America, Australia, South Africa, and more. His perspectives on Israeli society, both comedic and serious, have been featured on Israeli TV and radio and in publications such as USA Today... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 1 & 2 (5th Floor)


If You Think Something is Brand New, You Don't Know History
We will explore the current international standing of the State of Israel through an essay written fifty years ago.

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Paul Golomb

Paul Golomb is the Editor of Reform Jewish Quarterly (2014-2018) and the Vice President of Programming for the American Zionist Movement. He has previously served as Hillel Director and as rabbi for a variety of congregations.

Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Board Room (4th Floor)


Israel and American Jewry: How Deep is the Divide and May It Be Healed?
Hardly a week goes by without an article in a major media outlet about the growing chasm between Israel and American Jewry. This session will explore the depth of the divide, the respective issues in question, the root causes underlying it, and whether and how the rift may be healed.

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Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme is the Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the AJC and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He holds undergraduate degrees in history from Yeshiva University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jewish history from Columbia University... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Eisner Auditorium (6th Floor)


Lama Ivrit? (Why Hebrew?) – The Place of Hebrew in the Judaism and Zionism of the 21st Century
Does the Hebrew language still matter in the global world we are living in? What is the role of Modern Hebrew vs. Prayer's Hebrew? What is the place of the Hebrew language with regards to Israel? And is it, or could it be, a living bridge between Israel and the Jewish communities around the world? During our session, we will try to answer these questions and more, together with some practical tools of how to teach Hebrew. Hebrew, I will argue, is not only a mother tongue or a national language, but it is, first of all, a language of the people.

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Hilla Drechler

Hilla Drechler is a senior Shlicha of the World Zionist Organization and the Representative of the Education Department in North America. She arrived in New York a year ago with a desire to learn and make an impact on the relationship between Jewish communities and Israeli society... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 4 (5th Floor)