an encounter with israel unlike any other

Through personal stories, confront the larger issues facing Israeli and Jewish society today: Race, Gender, Religious Pluralism, Sexual Identity, Palestinian Identity, the IDF, Immigration

watch

a professional documentary on a unique Israeli personality
 

Engage

an informative lecture on the underlying topic
 

meet

the personality for a live interview and discussion with your community.

Each event lasts between 60 and 75 minutes and includes

  • a short professional documentary on an individual Israeli

  • a talk on the topics raised in the documentary

  • a live interview with the person in the documentary

  • Moderated break-out rooms to discuss the topics

  • Optional children's programming

  *Book events individually or build a series around the needs of your community 

Personalize your encounter with israel
Choose from among the following 

Brhan Vorko

Born in Addis Ababa, Brhan moved to Israel as a young girl. At a time when questions about race are shaking the foundations of American life, Brhan provides a fresh perspective on what it means to be Black, an immigrant and Jewish. Join Brhan as she speaks with heart-breaking honesty about the challenges and opportunities she faces as an Ethiopian Israeli. 

Brother Olivier

The son of a fiercely anti-clerical Catholic father in Southern France, Olivier went through a transformation as a young man, joining a Benedictine monastery and moving to Israel. Today, based in the Arab town of Abu Gosh,  Olivier is an Israeli citizen: a volunteer in the IDF who works tirelessly to promote mutual acceptance between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Join Olivier as he tells his extraordinary life story and discusses the challenges of balancing his activism with the contemplative life of a monk.  

Ilan Scheinfeld

The son of two holocaust survivor parents, Ilan is one of Israel’s most celebrated authors and a gay single-father of twin sons. Join Ilan as he speaks of his sexual identity, his parents' struggles to accept his life choices, his writing, and his deep connections with his religious Jewish heritage.        

Rabbi Tamir Nir

The son of Israeli Sephardi Jews and a former vice-mayor of Jerusalem, Tamir left his family’s Orthodox lifestyle at a young age to search for his own religious identity. Join Tamir as he discusses his own struggle with his father’s rejection of his non-Orthodox life, his attempts to bridge the gaps between Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions, and his efforts to shape a modern Israeli community within the framework of the Reform Movement.

Chana Jenny Weisberg

Raised in a liberal Jewish family in Baltimore, Chana Jenny spent time in her early twenties researching the Indonesian student movement. Sparked by her encounter with devout Muslim women, Jenny went on a search for her own religious identity. Join Jenny, the creator of popular blog www.JewishMom.com, as she speaks openly about the challenges of being an Orthodox mother of 8, and a popular author and blogger.

Meital Sapir

Raised in Florida by her Israeli father and American mother, Meital immigrated to Israel after completing her degree at Barnard University. Today, Meital serves today as a commander in Israel's Air Force. Join Meital as she discusses the challenges she faces as a woman and feminist in the Israeli military.  

Noa Har Zahav

Born into a secular Israeli kibbutz family, Noa first met religious Israelis during her army service. That encounter set Noa off on a journey to deepen her connection with Judaism at the same time that her Orthodox-born husband chose to leave the traditional observance of his youth. Join Noa as she describes a fascinating new brand of Israeli Judaism not bound by strict definitions of secular and religious.

Stories of Israel is in the process of filming a documentary series on the complex nature of Palestinian Israeli Identity today.
 
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