Throughout Israel70, we have hosted a number of new and exciting programs to celebrate, honor and commemorate Israel in a multitude of ways and across all of Greater Philadelphia. To see what we’ve been up to, see the list below of our past Israel 70 events.

Winter 2018

Mehereta Baruch-Ron

January 30, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Stokes Auditorium, Haverford College

Mehereta Baruch-Ron currently serves as Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, the first woman of Ethiopian heritage to serve in that capacity. Born in 1974 in Seramle, Ethiopia, she made aliyah in Operation Moses in 1984. Although not formally educated as a young child, once in Israel she went on to receive a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Haifa University. Now, she oversees the city council’s social services and welfare programs. Co-sponsored with Hillels in Philadelphia and the Bi-Co Friends of Israel and Citizens Diplomacy International.

Scholar in Residence Weekend: Dr. Ruth Calderon

January 19-21, 2018
Adath Israel, Merion Station

Scholar, author and former member of the Knesset, Dr. Ruth Calderon has always been an innovator. With her unique approach to Israeli-Jewish identity, considering traditional learning through a modern and sensitive lens, she has begun to transform the way many Israelis think about Jewish texts and heritage. This was a weekend of meaningful learning at Adath Israel with a scholar who is changing both Talmud study and Israeli identity for this generation and the next.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Amal Elsana Alh'jooj

January 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel

Former candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj is a renowned activist in the Bedouin community in Israel. She began her career as a community organizer at age 14. At 17, she established the first Arab Bedouin women’s organization, and ever since her work promoting women’s rights, Arab citizens’ rights and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel has helped to revolutionize public opinion for minority groups in Israel.Today, Amal is Executive Director of ICAN-McGill at McGill University, School of Social Work.

Fall 2017

A Queer Country

December 4, 2017
2100 Arch Street, Room 200, Philadelphia

Lisa Morgenthau’s directorial debut in documentary, A Queer Country, explores Israel’s buzzing LGBTQ community. Interweaving the personal and political, this documentary builds an intimate portrait of the struggle between the country’s liberal and conservative attitudes. After the screen, viewers participated in an engaging discussion of LGBTQ life in Israel.


December 3, 2017
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia

A day-long learning fest, hosted by LimmudPhilly and the Center City Kehillah, welcomed everyone in Greater Philadelphia to immerse themselves in study with a special Israel track added to the lineup. Children 3-12 also had their own amazing Jewish learning experience at YoungLimmud! Hosted in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Rock in the Red Zone

November 18, 2017
Adath Israel, Merion Station

Filmmaker Laura Bialis traveled to the Negev city of Sderot where, despite regular rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, she discovered a thriving music scene that captivated her and changed her life. The screening of this thrilling and emotional film culminated with a unique musical performance and a conversation with the filmmaker.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the AI Israel Affairs Committee, and the Havdallah Film Café.

Wrestling Jerusalem

October 18 - November 5, 2017
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia

At the Philadelphia Theatre Company, acclaimed actor/playwright Aaron Davidman performed his award-winning play “Wrestling Jerusalem,” a multidimensional journey into the Middle East. The three-week run includeds two special performances, hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council: Interfaith Night, welcoming people of all faiths for an evening of exploration and conversation, and Jewish Community Night, when our community came together for the play and a post-performance panel discussion.

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