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Past Programs

What's the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, June 19, 8:00 PM
| Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.
Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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Panel on the Ramah Service Trips to Israel
Saturday, June 1 following Kiddush | Library

CSAIR congregants Malka Edelman, Beth Levine, Cliff Nerwen, and Mitch Posilkin will discuss their experiences on recent Ramah service trips to Israel. Q&A to follow.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee.

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, May 22, 8 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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Maavar L’Tikvah - Ceremony of Hope, Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut with Food, Art, Words, Prayer and Music
Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-8:00 PM 
| CSAIR Social Hall
Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzamut many participate in a ceremony of transition that helps us move from grief to celebration. 

5:30 PM: Hatikvah Community Collage for Kids
Led by CSAIR member Joy Langer, children age 9 and younger and their grown-ups are invited to create words and images on fabric squares expressing our “berachot” or hopes and blessings for Israel in the coming year.  These squares will be sewn together and displayed as a holistic artistic creation, inspired by the Israeli flag,  of our community’s aspirations for Israel and her future. 

6:00 PM: Hatikvah Community Collage for Adults
Adults are welcome to participate and create words and images on fabric squares expressing our “berachot” or hopes and blessings for Israel in the coming year

6:15 PM: Israeli “Hotel Breakfast” for Dinner including a Shakshuka Bar

7:00 PM: Minha

7:15 PM: Maavar L’Tikvah-Ceremony of Hope
Given the current situation, we will end Yom Haatzmaut with many feelings. Join us for words and music that help us focus on our hopes and dreams for Israel’s future. 

7:30 PM: Maariv

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, February 21, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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Israel:  October 6 to Now - A Personal View with Professor Irving Kalet
Saturday, February 3, 12:15 PM | Library

Join us after Kiddush for the 14th annual talk by Professor Irving Kalet about his view of the events in Israel before October 7th until now, what life in Israel has been like, and what this all means for all of us.

Sponsored by the CSAIR Men’s Club and the Israel Committee

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Shabbat Yisraelit
Friday, January 19 | 5:30 PM
To welcome Israelis into our community, CSAIR will host a Kabbalat Shabbat including Israeli songs and poetry followed by a Shabbat dinner of Israeli food, singing of Israeli songs, and card games for kids. Members of our community who are not Israeli are very warmly welcome to come. The evening will be conducted mostly in Hebrew (with a bit of English.) We are pleased to offer complimentary dinners to Israelis who have been in the community for less than a year. 

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, January 10, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee.

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What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, December 20, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee.

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What’s the Buzz in Israel with Rabbi Katz
Wednesday, October 18 8:00 PM | Zoom
Discussion led by CSAIR members and What’s the Buzz hosts Debbie Uriel, Judy Kunoff, and David Davar, joined by Rabbi Katz will share what they are hearing and reading in Israeli (Hebrew) media.

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What's the Buzz in Israel?
Wednesday, September 20 | 8:00 PM
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

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What's The Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, August 23 | 8:00 PM 
David Davar, Debbie Uriel, and Judy Kunoff share what they're hearing on Israeli podcasts.

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Criticism of Israel - Legitimate or Antisemitic
Saturday, June 24
Shaya Lerner, Director of Israel Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, will speak about criticism of Israel, when is it legitimate and when is it antisemitic. Several CSAIR college students may join this event to discuss their personal experiences on college campuses.

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What's the Buzz in Israel?
Tuesday, June 6 | 8:00 PM
A pilot program with Debbie Uriel and Judy Kunoff who will share what they're hearing on Israeli podcasts.

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Israel Scouts at CSAIR
Friday, June 2 - Saturday, June 3
Israel Scouts joining CSAIR for programs throughout Shabbat.

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The Crisis Facing Israel's Democracy with Dr. Yizhar Hess
Thursday, May 22 | 8:00 PM

Dr. Yizhar Hess will speak about the ongoing crisis in Israel, which will be followed by a Q&A.  Learn more about Dr. Yizhar Hess.

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Israel's New Governing Coalition
Thursday, May 11
| 8:00 PM
David Halperin, CEO of the Israel Policy Forum, will speak about Israel's new governing coalition and how it is affecting the American Jewish community and US policy considerations.
David Halperin Israel Policy Forum

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CSAIR Lawyers Explore The Judicial Crisis In Israel
Saturday, May 6 | 12:15 PM
Following Shabbat morning kiddush, a discussion facilitated by Ariela Migdal, Eric Fisher, and Dror Bikel will explore the underlying legal issues that gave rise to the current crisis in Israel.

-Dror Bikel worked as a Foreign Law Clerk to Justice Gabriel Back, Supreme Court of Israel.

-Eric Fisher graduated from Columbia University School of Law and worked as Assistant US Attorney and Foreign Law Clerk to Justice Mishael Cheshin, Supreme Court of Israel.

-Ariela Migdal clerked for the Israel Public Defender in Nazareth in 2002-2003 and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut
Wednesday, April 26
| 5:30 PM
Yom Haatzmaut observance and celebration with food, live music, reading of Israel's Declaration of Independence, and Shira B'tzibur at CSAIR.

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Remember Together: Community-Wide Yom HaZikaron Ceremony
Monday, April 24
| 7:30 PM
Yom Hazikaron communal observance at the Riverdale Y.

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April 15, 2023
The Future of Israel; Professor Irving Kalet discussed the future of Israel and its status as a liberal democratic Jewish state. Irving Kalet is a native Bronxite, a citizen of Israel for over 50 years, and a professor at Columbia University in NY and Ariel University in Jerusalem.

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March 23, 2023
Israel Post-Election Analysis with Yehuda Kurtzer


November 13, 2022
Yair Ettinger, Israeli journalist, analysis of November 2022 Israeli Elections

May 10, 2022
Amanda Berman of Zioness, "How Can I be Both a Progressive and a Zionist?"

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