The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

Were you left speechless in Jerusalem? Swept off your feet by Tel Aviv? Was your trip to Israel an adventure of a lifetime? Were you surprised by the people, the food, the landscapes? If you have a treasured memory that begins with “Once, in Haifa…” or “When I was in the Negev…” then the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s My Israel Story Workshops are for you.

In these free workshops, led by professional coaches from First Person Arts — Philadelphia’s premier storytelling organization — you’ll learn to give life to all of your unforgettable Israel moments. You’ll practice the thousand-year-old Jewish tradition of telling stories. No matter whether you are a seasoned wordsmith or don’t often put a pen to the page, by the end of these memoir-focused sessions you’ll be a regular Isaac Bashevis Singer!

And after you’ve worked in small groups to craft your Israel-themed story, you’ll have the opportunity to return later in the day to retell that tale in front of a professional videographer, providing you with a high-quality recording ready for you to share on social media. Some participants will also be invited back to take the mic on the 5-6-70 Israel! stage, our community celebration for Israel’s 70th birthday.

So… What’s YOUR Israel story? Share it with us at one of our four workshops:

January 14, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – FULL

Jewish Community Services Building
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

January 21, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Shir Ami Synagogue
101 Richboro Road
Newtown, PA 18940

February 18, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Temple Brith Achim
481 S. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

March 4, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Har Zion Temple
1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072

All My Israel Story workshops are free of charge. Register here at a location near you.