Today is December 16, 2019 -

Did you know? – New Events

Over the years, we have brought in many speakers to educate or entertain the community. We have used a winning formula of food and presenter, and we have drawn 125-150 to each program. 

However, has this really been a winning formula? Sure, we have had great attendance, but, with further analysis, we have learned that the same 300 people attend our events–150 at a time. Where are the other thousands of people, and why aren’t we ever attracting them?

Therefore, we have decided to change things up a bit. We are going to cut back (not eliminate) the standard Sunday evening food-and-presenter events and try a few new ideas. All events will be open to the whole community. Here is what we are working on for you in the coming months:

  1. Tomorrow (Saturday-Shabbat) morning, Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, will deliver a community briefing at Congregation Beth Emeth at 9:30 a.m.
  2. Israeli elections are coming up on April 9. There is a whole lot of drama going on. We have a long-standing prime minister who soon might be indicted on corruption. He has made a pre-election deal with a far-right party considered by most to be racist. Yet, he continues to lead in the polls. How do the elections work and what is going on? I have invited David Pollock from the Washington Institute, a brilliant, dynamic, and entertaining speaker, to walk us through the whole thing, and JNF will partner with us on the event. Save the evening of April 2, the week before the election. Specific time and venue are not yet finalized.
  3. The opioid crisis effects everyone including our Jewish community. Our doctors and lawyers groups have asked for a panel discussion on the topic. Nothing is planned yet; I’ll keep you posted.
  4. We have three repeat events, back by popular demand:
    • A cappella group Six13 is returning to the Egg for Yom Ha’atzmaut on Thursday evening, May 9.
    • We have a bus going to New York City for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade on Sunday, June 2.
    • We are returning to the ValleyCats for Jewish Heritage Night on Sunday, July 28.
  5. We are working on three breakfast programs:
    • In partnership with Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, we will hear from Elana Stein Hain, from the Shalom Hartman Institute, on Sunday, May 5.
    • We are working on bringing in new congressman Antonio Delgado.
    • Local resident Ed Rosen has just returned from Israel and plans to update us on “Israel’s Northern Border: From Delmar to the Golan Heights.”

Please review our community calendar for the rest of our ongoing and special programming. If you do not see anything that you like, please talk to me. We want to be relevant to everyone, not just our 300 regular attendees.

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