The Israel Committee is pleased to bring to your attention 15 new opportunities to learn about Jewish life this September.

New opportunities are added each week, so visit http://IsraelUpdate.INFO to see all the updates. The site also links to over 100 recordings of prior opportunities on various topics related to the Jewish People Israel and the Jewish Homeland of Israel.


Santa Clara County Communities United Against Antisemitism

Sept 12 noon

Antisemitic hate crimes increased by 32 percent in California, from 115 to 152 – a record increase – from 2020 to 2021. The Bay Area has similarly seen a rise in antisemitic incidents, such as hateful flyers distributed in Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and other cities. In response, the Jewish community has begun pushing back with JCRC’s #HereIAm initiative. Santa Clara County elected officials and community leaders are gathering to help amplify diverse Jewish voices and increase public recognition of how antisemitism affects our community.

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BDS Monitor Live, with Alex Joffe, editor

Tue Sep 13th, at 9 am

The fall semester begins with BDS at the center of campus and national politics. BDS supporting candidates had mixed results in primaries but key figures were successful and will likely be reelected in November. On campus a series of lawsuits have pushed back at BDS support from student governments but the environment for Israel supporters and Jewish students remains menacing. SPME’s Live Briefing Series covers recent BDS developments and gives listeners the opportunity to ask questions to SPME staff.

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Under the Knesset Big Top: Israel’s Political Circus & 2022 Elections With Alex Traiman in conversation with Eve Harow.

Wednesday – September 14, 2022 | 8:30am

Traiman is the CEO and Jerusalem Bureau Chief of Jewish News Syndicate. Submit your questions in advance to

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The Palestinian Authority as the Source of Global Antisemitism
co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Israel Committee
We co-sponsor this talk

September 15 11 am

Lt. Col. (Res.) Maurice Hirsch, Legal Counsel, Palestinian Media Watch, Sr Military Justice Consultant, contributing founder of IDSF and writer and lecturer will present, and take questions from the audience.

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Antisemitism in the Classroom: What to Know, What to Do

Thursday, September 15 7:00pm- 8:15pm

Presented by Dr. Michael Harris, lay leader, SWU(Stand with Us) Dr. Harris will talk about the new requirement for Ethnic Studies classes in the schools, and what to do NOW to help prevent your local schools from adopting an antisemitic Ethnic Studies curriculum

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The Abraham Accords: The future of peace in the Middle East

September 15 7 pm

Jason Greenblatt

Evolution of AIPAC: Myths and Reality

September 15 7:30

AIPAC’s Rachel Urman will share with us exactly what has changed about AIPAC and what remains the same. This program is open to Bay Area Jewish community and guests, but advance registration is required.

Please register by Sept 13  Zoom link will be provided to those who register. For more information contact

“Night Without End”:
New Scholarship on the Holocaust in Poland

September 18, 2022 9 am

Jan Grabowski

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Jewish Life in Wartime Ukraine

September 19 9 am

SAPIR presents: A Conversation with Anshel Pfeffer and Bret Stephens. SAPIR sent Anshel Pfeffer to visit wartime Dnipro, Ukraine and tell the story of the Jewish community there. Join us to hear more from Anshel on his experience and the future for Jews in the region.

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The Abraham Accords: The future of peace in the Middle East

September 19 7 pm

Ambassador Dan Shapiro

Diplomatic Briefing: Abraham Accords

September 20, 5 pm

IDSF Briefing designed for diplomats and security attachés.

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Hate Hurts – Understanding the Psychological Impact of Antisemitism

Sep 21, 2022 10:30 AM

Each year, ADL’s Center on Extremism tracks incidents of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and assault in the United States. In this webinar, we will go beyond the numbers of these incidents and look more closely at individual stories of antisemitism and hate in an effort to identify some of the psychological effects antisemitism has on individuals and the community.

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Fighting Internalized Antisemitism

September 21 noon

Ben M. Freeman (Pursuit of Jewish Pride)

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September 21, 7:30 PM

Jerusalem Post diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon will report on how the Abraham Accords and challenges from Iran are currently driving the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East and impacting Israel’s relationships with the Arab world. He will also talk about U.S.-Israel cooperation under the Biden administration, why Israel is having its fifth election in 3 ½ years and what all this means to the country’s various ethnic, political and religious groups.

Keinon is a Denver native, with degrees from University of Colorado and University of Illinois; he has lived in Israel since 1985. For over three decades, he has done up-close coverage of major stories that impact the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. It is a talk you will not want to miss.

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Islamist and other Extremist Influences in the Establishment of the Jewish State
We co-sponsor this talk

September 22, 11 am

Jeffrey Herf, distinguished professor of History and author of Israel’s Moment: International Support and Opposition for Establishing the Jewish State, 1945-1949, will present and answer questions from the audience.

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