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In Focus: Israel/Gaza

Join us for an ongoing series of discussions on Israel and Gaza hosted by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf and Rabbi George Altshuler in conversation with renowned guest speakers.  Contact for additional information.

Upcoming Event:

In Focus: Israel/Gaza with Rabbi Emeritus Ed Feinstein
Yom Ha'atzmaut, Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm, in person only

Join us for the culmination of our In Focus: Israel/Gaza discussion series on Israeli Independence Day. As we observe Israel’s 76th birthday, we have an opportunity to study the ideas and ideals that led to the founding of the Jewish state. What does Zionism mean? What are historic and modern views of Zionisms that guide us? How do we understand Israel in our complicated world? 

Rabbi Ed Feinstein is a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and lecturer at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University. Registration required. 
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Read more about this series in the J.

Read about Standing Together at Sherith Israel in the J.

Past Events

Thurs. Feb. 29, 7-8 pm on Zoom: Peter Beinart, professor of journalism and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. Beinart is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, a CNN political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is the author of The Crisis of Zionism and a former Rhodes Scholar.

Thurs. Feb. 8, 7-8 pm: Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the CEO of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that trains and mobilizes clergy and their communities to bring a moral voice to protecting and advancing human rights.


Tuesday, March 12, 7 pm, in person: Alon-Lee Green & Sally Abed of Standing Together, a grassroots movement mobilizing Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel in pursuit of peace, equality, and social & climate justice.
Presented by New Israel Fund. 

Sun. March 17, 10:30-11:30 am on Zoom: Avital Leibovich, director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Jerusalem. Her distinguished career spans over 30 years in a wide range of senior media and public relations positions within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where she served as the face of the IDF to the international community during critical events. 
Cosponsored by AJC San Francisco.

Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyar 5784