Israel at 70

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Israel at 70

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If you will it – it is no dream.”

Theodor Herzl penned these words more than 50 years before the modern state of Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. This year, we honor and celebrate the realization of this dream and Israel’s 70th year as a sovereign nation. To commemorate this milestone, we are excited to offer a series of enriching programs on Israel. We hope you will join us as we rejoice, reflect, learn, listen resiliently, and engage in meaningful conversations and experiences in the coming months.

Central Goes to Camp: K-5 Family Retreat

Friday evening April 20 through Sunday morning April 22 | URJ Kutz Camp

We are excited to invite you to our first-ever Kindergarten through 5th-grade family retreat in Warwick, NY. All weekend we will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. We will have both classic camp activities and special Central activities. Babysitting will be available in the evenings so parents can enjoy some time to socialize and parents-only activities, like an Israel wine-tasting experience. Families will have an opportunity to connect with each other, Cantor Mutlu and his family, and our LCLJ educators in a fun and relaxing environment.
Click here to see an itinerary of the weekend.

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Israel Story Presents “Mixtape:” The Stories Behind Israel’s Ultimate Playlist

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:00pm | JCC Manhattan

The crew behind Israel Story, Israel’s leading podcast and radio show, explores seven decades of local tunes in an evening of live music, incredible visuals and radio-style storytelling. There will be a pre-show reception, for Central members, with Rabbi Mo Salth. Please email to register for the reception. Be sure to include your name and the name of anyone you wish to bring.

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From the British Conquest to Trump’s Declaration: 100 Turbulent Years in Jerusalem

April 26 at 6:30 pm | Pavilion

Within days, in June 1967, Jerusalem was transformed; from a small, divided and threatened small town, it became a large metropolis, under Israel’s control. The unification of Jerusalem radically changed the city’s character. The residents, regardless of their religious or ethnic composition, were sharing in the new city that was now managed by Israel, euphoric and triumphalist. Join Dr. Elan Ezrachi, the author of Awakened Dream - 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem, and a third generation native of Jerusalem as he shares his personal experiences and key benchmarks and trends that shaped the country’s current political situation.

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Israel’s Story Under Siege: A New Narrative for the 21st Century

May 16 at 7:00 pm | Main Sanctuary

Join Rabbi Buchdahl as she moderates a conversation between David Gregory, an author, journalist, and political analyst on CNN, and award-winning Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi on Israel’s narrative and what it means for the future of the Jewish state. The conversation will celebrate the launch of Halevi’s new book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the author directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book. Halevi is the author of the acclaimed chronicle of Israel’s 1967 paratroopers who reclaimed the Western Wall, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. Halevi will be selling and signing books following the discussion. This event is in partnership with The Jewish Week and UJA-Federation of New York.

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70 & Sababa: The 2018 Celebrate Israel Parade

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 11:00am | Fifth Avenue, from 57th - 74th Street

Join your Central community and over 40,000 marchers from many other Jewish organizations as we celebrate Israel. This year’s theme is Sababa, an Israeli slang word that means “awesome!” More details will be provided closer to the event.

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Our People

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge

Rabbi Ari S. Lorge


Nicole Auerbach

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach

Director of Congregational Engagement

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