Connections to Israel

Forge a deep connection to Israeli life and culture.
Experience the richness of Israel with our Hebrew singing, vibrant Israeli dancing, and captivating Israeli films.

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”–Harry S Truman 


Makhela-An Israeli Style Choir
With Zvi Klein, conductor and musical director 
Join the Israeli choir and sing some of your favorite Hebrew songs, old and new, with others. Participants must know how to read and sing in Hebrew. Reading musical notes NOT required. Every other week.
7 Wednesdays, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 7:30 pm-10:00 pm,
$130 JCC Member/$150 Public

The Evelyn and Harold Meltzer Judaic Scholar-In-Residence Programs
Rabbi Reuven Kimelman, Scholar-in-Residence
Weekly Seminar on Jewish Studies (virtual) 

Topic: How did Genesis Become the Foundational Book of Judaism?

Rabbi Kimelman will guide a discussion on the following questions. Why does the religion of the Jews begin with the creation of the world? How can the quest for knowledge become the source of evil? Why did Abraham not object to the potential sacrifice of Isaac? What can we learn from flawed moral heroes? Why are women so consequential in Genesis?
Wednesdays, beginning January 3 ongoing through June, 10:15 am-11:15 am, $150/$225

Pesach Seminar (Virtual)
An interactive session on how to run a wine and matzoh-centered interactive Seder. Have your favorite Haggadah available.
Wednesday, April 17, 8 pm-9 pm, Free and Open to the Community on Zoom

Shavuot Seminar (Virtual)
What made Ruth and Esther the heroines of the Bible?  Are Ruth and Esther more alike or unalike?
How did the two become moral models? How did they rise from obscurity to become the heroines of Israel? 
Do they owe their success to Mordecai and Boaz?  
Wednesday, June 5 (Yom Yerushalayim), 8 pm-9 pm Free and Open to the Community on Zoom