Celebrate Jerusalem Day
May 29 Yom Yerushalayim
A Celebration of Jerusalem Day (Hadassah)
June 1 5-6 pm PDT
Celebrity host, comedian Judy Gold and musical performance by Israeli duo Yonina.
During this celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, we commemorate the 55th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism Webinar
June 1 at 9 am PDT
Lori is the legal director and a litigator with The Deborah Project, a non-profit law firm that represents those who have been discriminated against in educational settings because they are Jewish and/or pro-Israel. Lori’s news articles, which focus on Israel, the greater Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora, have appeared in local, national and international news outlets including The Wall Street Journal.
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Matti Friedman: “Who by Fire:
Leonard Cohen in the Sinai”
June 2 10 am
Journalist and award winning author Matti Friedman sits down to discuss his newest book “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai.” The book details the little known story about Leonard Cohen’s concert tour on the front lines of the Yom Kippur War.
The little-known story of Leonard Cohen’s concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War, including never-before-seen selections from an unfinished manuscript by Cohen and rare photographs.
In October 1973, the poet and singer Leonard Cohen—thirty-nine years old, famous, unhappy, and at a creative dead end—traveled from his home on the Greek island of Hydra to the chaos and bloodshed of the Sinai desert when Egypt attacked Israel on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur. Moving around the front with a guitar and a group of local musicians, Cohen met hundreds of young soldiers, men and women at the worst moment of their lives. Those who survived never forgot the experience. And the war transformed Cohen. He had announced that he was abandoning his music career, but he instead returned to Hydra and to his family, had a second child, and released one of the best albums of his career. In Who by Fire, journalist Matti Friedman gives us a riveting account of those weeks in the Sinai, drawing on Cohen’s previously unpublished writing and original reporting to create a kaleidoscopic depiction of a harrowing, formative moment for both a young country at war and a singer at a crossroads.
The inseparability of Zionism and Judaism
June 13 9 am
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsh is the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City and a co-author of One People Two Worlds: A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them.