Downtown Jewish Life’s Lecture Series on Israeli Diversity and Dialogue
Downtown Jewish Life (DJL) is a network of Jewish organizations in lower Manhattan that works together to support programming to meet the needs of individuals and families in our neighborhood. Funded through the UJA-Federation, DJL’s Israel Committee is sponsoring a set of five conversations with speakers from Shaharit, an Israeli organization committed to civil society and constructive dialogue between different sectors of the Israeli citizenry. These five conversations will take place at five different locations downtown and provide an opportunity to both learn about how Israelis are working together to build common cause across differences and to consider ways in which these types of approaches can serve as models for the local community during a time of stark differences and conflict. JCP is a part of the Downtown Jewish Life’s Lecture Series on Israeli Diversity and Politics and will be hosting the final session.
Out of Many Voices, A Common Future
A 5-Part Conversation in Downtown Manhattan
All events are free and open to the public.
Palestinian and Israeli: The complexities of national and cultural identity for today’s Israeli Arabs
Monday, March 6 | 7:00PM | Town & Village Synagogue
Nazier Magally is a leading Arab-Israeli journalist, writer and intellectual. He writes for the London-based Asharq Alawsat and hosts several news magazines on Israel’s Channel 2. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Al-Ittihad, Israel’s only Arabic-language daily.
The Struggle for the Soul of Religious Zionism
Tehila Nachalon Friedman
Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00PM | Brotherhood Synagogue
Tehila Nachalon Friedman is a long-time activist in the National Religious community. She is director of the Center for Jewish Leadership at Kolot, co-founder of the Yerushalmim movement, formerly Chair of the Board of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah for a moderate religious Zionist voice.
A New Vision for the Secular Left: How do we need to change ourselves in order to change Israel?
Monday, April 3 | 7:00PM | Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue
Gili Re’i is the co-director of the Shared Society Department at Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, which works for equality of Arabs in Israeli society.
From Isolationism to Integration: new developments in the Israeli Haredi community that just might change Israeli society as we know it
Sunday, May 7 | 4:30PM | Town & Village Synagogue
Menachem Bombach is a senior staff member at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He founded a preparatory program for Haredi students at the Hebrew University. Currently, he leads the Berdichev Hassidic community in Beitar Illit and is the head and founder of a Hassidic yeshiva for young men offering both Jewish and secular studies.
Series Conclusion: Towards a New Vision for Israeli Society
Dr. Eilon Schwartz
Wednesday, May 24 | 7:00PM | Jewish Community Project
Dr. Eilon Schwartz is the CEO of Shaharit and the visionary behind its work across the communities of Israeli society. He was among the founders of the Heschel Center for Sustainability, where he served as director. In addition to his work at Shaharit, Eilon is a faculty member at the Melton Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University where he teaches graduate courses in cultural criticism, social-environmental politics, and education.
Downtown Jewish Life is a network of organizations who partner together to engage with and provide Downtown Manhattan with experiences that foster an inclusive Jewish community. With the help of UJA-Federation of New York funding, these events and experiences offer a variety of opportunity for individuals and families to connect with one another in ways that are personally meaningful.