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Honoring Israel’s 76th Year of Independence

Programming throughout May

Honoring Israel’s 76th Year of Independence

As we honor Israel’s 76th year of independence, our emotions are particularly poignant this year, especially in light of the events of October 7th. We warmly invite you and your family to join us for diverse programming throughout May that caters to all of the feelings we may experience during this time – from solemn remembrance to joyful observance.

Yom Hashoah – Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor

5/2/24 | Thursday | 7:00-8:30PM | Free

Join us for an intimate and poignant conversation with Sarah Danon Meller. Her story is one of resilience, loss, and the enduring human spirit.

Yom Ha’atzamaut – Poetry Reading & Israeli Style Dinner

5/14/24 | Tuesday | 6:00-8:00PM | $18

Join us for an enriching evening as we meet Adi Keissar, an Israeli poet whose words resonate across languages and cultures. Adi will share her evocative poetry in both Hebrew and English.

Gems Book Club – Blue Mountain

5/29/24 | Wednesday | 3:00-4:00PM | $5

This month we will be discussing Meir Shalev’s Blue Mountain, a novel that paints an extraordinary picture of a small community of Ukrainian immigrants pioneering a new life in Israel.

Israeli Dancing With RakDan

5/1, 5/15, 5/29 | Wednesday | 11:30-12:30PM | $15/Class

Israeli dancing is a fun way to move at a slow to moderate pace while enjoying traditional Israeli music and socializing with other. No experience necessary.

One Book, One Jewish Community

5/16, 5/23, 5/30 | Thursday | 11:00-12:00PM | $30/Full Session

Rabbi Eric Yanoff will guide us through Not Tishby’s book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth as we re-connect with Israel at this critical time.

Honoring Israel’s 76th Year of Independence

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024 10:02PM

Gems at the J | Israeli Dancing with RakDan

Wed, May 29, 2024

11:30am – 12:30pm

Gems at the J | In Person Book Club with Zoom Option

Wed, May 29, 2024

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gems at the J | Israeli Dancing with RakDan

Wed, Jun 12, 2024

11:30am – 12:30pm

Gems at the J | Israeli Dancing with RakDan

Wed, Jun 19, 2024

11:30am – 12:30pm

In addition to the events at the J featured above, please check out the following community events:

  • May 5th at 4pm: Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Yom HaShoah Memorial Ceremony. More information here.
  • May 12th at 7pm: IAC’s Yom Hazikaron Community Ceremony. More information here.
  • May 19th from 1-4pm: IAC’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on the Kaiserman JCC lawn. More information here.