The Israeli Center provides cultural, social and educational opportunities for Israeli families in our community. It also strives to connect Israelis and Americans through programs that enrich American Jewish life. It offers social and cultural events, holiday workshops for families in Hebrew, Israeli Scouts for teens, Israeli folk dancing, Israeli films, holiday parties, entertainers, and special presentations on subjects of particular interest to Israelis. It also offers the Israeli Business Circle, a networking initiative for Israeli professionals; the Women’s Circle, a similar initiative for Israeli women; and Emek, an Israeli language and cultural after-school program for children in grades K-9.

Movie Screening: Stateless

Q&A by Michael Drob, film's director and producer
Join us for a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film, Stateless, about the emigration of Soviet Jews during the late 1980’s. The evening includes a personal introduction and Q&A by the movie’s director and producer, Michael Drob, recipient of the prestigious BluePrint Fellowship.  On the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988, American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy.  Movie is appropriate for both Russian and English speakers.

(Snow date 2/9)

In partnership with COJECO

Sat, Feb 2
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$10.00 Member
$12.00 Public
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1496.

IAC Cinematec

IAC Cinematec was founded by Dr. Etti Inbal to introduce the US public to Israeli films, film makers, and daily life in Israel in an effort to create an Israeli-American community of film fans, who can share in the experience and enjoy dialogues about the films. Films are screened with English subtitles and attended by a guest director, actor, or a film professional, who will discuss issues related to the film in English.

The Oslo Diaries
The Oslo Diaries, directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan (Censored Voices, Sundance 2015) and Guest speaker Gidi Grinstien, Secretary of the Israeli Negotiation Team.

In 1992, with Israeli Paletinian relations at an all-time low and, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo. The meetings that lead to The Oslo Accords changed the Middle East forever, they were chronicled only by the negotiators' diaries. This movie bring us a riveting account of 1100 days of secret talks as told by the people who were there at the table. The participants' detailed and often emotional entries recount the political intrigue, fiery rhetoric, unlikely friendships, and overwhelming desire for peace that were the heart of the negotiations.

Featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with key players - including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres - the film recounts a geopolitical story, with a narrative voice that is personal and philosophical. Although politics ultimately doomed The Oslo Accords, the story's end for the people of Israel and Palestine remains unwritten.

7:00 - Reception

7:30 - Movie screening followed by discussion

Tickets at the door are $17. Please get your tickets in advance.

Sun, Feb 24
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
IAC Cinematec - The Oslo Diaries

$12.00 Member
$14.00 Public
Please get your tickets in advance. Price at the door is $17

For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1427.

The Opposite of Hate

with Sally Kohn
As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views. In her book, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn researches the roots of hate. She meets with terrorists, white supremacists and even some of her own Twitter trolls, learning some surprising lessons. She confronts her own shameful moments as she points the way toward change. Free for students.

Sponsored in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund.

Wed, Apr 10
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$10.00 Member
$12.00 Public
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1496.

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