Tune in to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Imagine Israel Podcast, as part of Federation’s Imagine Israel initiative.
With every episode, meet innovative Israeli influencers addressing social and economic challenges in Israel. Robbie Gringras, Creative Director of Makom, hosts Federation’s Imagine Israel Podcast, facilitating thought-provoking dialogues with innovative Israelis to hear their story and learn how their life, work and passions intersect in a unique way to make a noticeable impact on Israeli society. focused on the intersection of their lives, work, passions and Israeli society.
Imagine Israel Podcast series connects Washington listeners directly to Israeli innovators, providing an opportunity to learn how Israeli activists are addressing social issues including disability inclusion, shared Jewish-Arab society, pluralism, LGBTQ community in Israel and more. The podcast will feature a breadth of thought leaders from DC and Israel, working in a wide variety of fields including filmmakers, NGO directors and CEOs, humanitarian aid workers and others.
Avner Stepak, former CEO of the second largest investment house in Israel, is revolutionizing Israel’s corporate world to include the previously overlooked disabled population in Israel’s workforce.
From the vantage point of the top floor at one of the largest investment firms in Israel, Avner Stepak (former CEO of Meitav Dash) saw his company was lacking a crucial component for success: inclusivity. Stepak recognized the value in the underemployed disabled population in Israel and he began to oversee the recruitment and hiring process for his investment house, reframing the company culture to welcome employees with disabilities.
After transforming his own investment house, Stepak set his sights on a new venture and in 2016—through a program of the Joint Distribution Committee, Israel’s Ministry of the Economy and the Ruderman Family Foundation—Stepak established Incorporate Israel. Incorporate Israel helps Israelis with disabilities join the corporate world by working closely with top staff at some of Israel’s biggest companies to fight against prevalent stigmas and raising awareness.
Visionary activist Chaya Gilboa, an expert on the issue of Israeli religious reform, shares her desire for social change in Israel. In a country where politics are religious and religion is political, Chaya strives to transform Israel’s restrictive religious judicial system by challenging institutionalized law to create a pluralistic, egalitarian alternative.
The compelling conversation addresses the conflicts and complexities that come with the current Rabbinical (Jewish governance) jurisdiction over issues of marriage, divorce and kashrut (Jewish dietary law); and Chaya’s approach to changing the system from outside of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament).
Host Robbie Gringras interviews co-writer and director of the LGBTQ family drama “Ima v’ Abbas” (Mother and Fathers) about the intersection of his personal family dynamic in Israel (raising a child as a gay couple with a straight, single surrogate), his work, passions and Israeli society
This is an activity from the 4HQ curriculum, adapted for 2017, the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War.
What is behind the connection of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel? And how does the Bible dictate or deviate from Israel’s current borders?
A crucial element in any learner’s ability to think about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. For learners aged 15 upwards.
We have found that Liora Goldberg’s blog of her visit to Ramallah and Hebron is a useful text to work with young adult groups who may not identify themselves as “progressive”. In particular it may be useful to begin more in-depth discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among young adults who grew up within a community that rarely voices a critique of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria/The West Bank.
Liora’s perspective on her experiences comes from her UK Bnei Akiva background, and from growing up in a committed Zionist and not necessarily progressive family. Her insights are careful, honest, and personal. As such, we would recommend seeing her narrative voice as one of the most interesting aspects of the blog – exploring not only the experiences she reports, but the way in which she reports them as well.
While you are welcome to share the link to the annotated version of her blog, with “hover-over” embedded questions, you may wish to arrange an in-person meeting.
A gathering of young adults might be best off first sharing the reading of the entire blog, one paragraph per person: This is a slightly shortened version for you to download and print out.
Then we would recommend splitting into smaller groups or pairs, to work through the four sheets of A3 for at least 45 minutes.
Click here to download the pdf for printing out prior to the meeting.
Finally, bring the small groups together so that they may share their insights and comments.
“This activity is recommended for learners who have visited Israel before.
Ask each participant to
Write down 10 words, ideas, or places that you associate with Jerusalem
Write down 10 words, ideas, or places that you associate with Tel Aviv
The Seventh Global Jewish Forum of the Jewish Agency addressed the nature of Millenials and Israel Education:
What happens when a solemn Jewish Fast Day is marked on the same day, in the same neighborhood, as a celebratory Muslim festival?
Organizations such as the Abraham Fund hurry to spread knowledge and tolerance…
First appeared on Yediot – the Online Magazine for Bnei Akiva, UK.
In order to respond to embedded questions, hover over the text in bold.
When you’ve been fed one narrative your whole life, the prospect of experiencing another is both daunting and enticing at the same time. When my dad suggested that he and I spend our daddy-daughter day out on a Palestinian tour of Hebron and Ramallah, I laughed, but agreed straight away. To Full Post
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress has stirred up a great deal of conversation and controversy. Several communities in the United States have decided to turn this into an educational opportunity, and have arranged a public screening with a post-speech discussion.
We were asked to create a discussion guide – here is it!
- We recommend that you provide refreshments, and that you print out the guide in full size and color (click here to download the US version – tabloid/ledger – and here for the A3 version).
- At the end of the speech, have everyone sit round tables with no more than ten people at each table. The discussion sheets should be on the table as “place mats”.
- We would recommend that you tell everyone to take 5 minutes to go through the questions on the place mat on their own in silence, and only afterwards share their responses with others in their group.
- You might wish to assign a facilitator to each table, to help all voices to be heard. Please do stress that the questions do not intend to “lead” anyone anywhere! They do not expect or “draw” any particular answer – all answers are welcomed. For more, please feel free to look at this on “Provocative Facilitation”.
The Structure of 4HQ
The structuring of the questions is according to what we call 4HQ – the Four Hatikvah Questions. These are the key building blocks of a Jewish discourse about Israel – from the penultimate line of the Hatikvah National Anthem – To be a People, Free In Our Land. This ancient and universal aspiration can be divided into four essential questions that address survival (To Be), Peoplehood, democracy (Free), and questions of place and Zion (In Our Land).
We would suggest that a Jewish conversation about Israel is not complete unless it touches on all four of these essential questions. Quite often, as issues become more complex, some questions overlap – hence the central question on the place mat addresses both issues of survival and of Peoplehood.
For a 500 word summary of the 4HQ idea, please go here. For a short video explaining 4HQ in the context of Israel’s elections, go here (you might even choose to screen the video as an introduction).
Contact us to find out how you can become a 4HQ community… Makom@jafi.org