Israel's 70th Anniversary Speaker Series


Black and Zionist: Intersectionality and the BDS Movement
Hear the fascinating life story of pro-Israel activist Chloé Simone Valdary. Valdary will discuss how she learned about the parallels between Black South Africans and Ashkenazi Jews in Europe. She will answer questions about Black Lives Matter and anti-Israel influences in the movement. Valdary is a Zionist who founded a pro-Israel student group, Allies of Israel, while majoring in International Studies at the University of New Orleans. A light dinner will be served. This event is underwritten and sponsored by ZOA.
Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
CLICK HERE to register by January 18

IsraAID: The Israelis that Save Lives Worldwide
Founded in 2001, IsraAID is an Israel-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that has led aid and development programs in 31 countries worldwide and most recently sent members to help with Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston, Texas. IsraAID has been committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support for almost two decades, along with professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers. Hear heartwarming stories of Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”) through the service of IsarAID members. A light dinner will be served.
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
CLICK HERE to register by March 20

Hand in Hand: Coexistence in Israel
Hand in Hand is the center for Jewish-Arab education in Israel. Its mission is to create a
strong, inclusive, shared society in Israel through a network of Jewish‑Arab integrated bilingual schools and organized communities. It currently operates integrated schools and communities in six locations with 1,578 Jewish and Arab students and more than 8,000 community members. Hand in Hand changemaker Noa Yammer will explore her personal journey to this work, as well as the dilemmas and successes that come with building a shared and equal future for Arabs and Jews in Israel. A light dinner will be served.
Date: Monday, April 9
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Multi-Purpose Room
CLICK HERE to register by April 2

Israel’s 70th Anniversary Gala: Dinner and Theatrical Presentation
Join in the celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, featuring: An authentic Israeli dining experience and The Wondering Israeli theatrical show. Based on a true Aliyah story of Elad Shippony, The Wandering Israeli is a special mix of theater, storytelling, live music, and a refreshing dose of humor. This is a highly-acclaimed show which has performed more than 600 times across the country and regularly tours Jewish and Israeli communities around the world. The event will be preceded by a short ceremony for the celebration of Israel’s independence. The gala begins with cocktails and dinner followed by the featured program. Additional information regarding registration, cost, and venue to follow
Date: Thursday, May 10
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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