Learning From the Past to Change the Future

By Laurel Fairworth

16107464_1852348398343930_3795405131184417547_oIn light of recent developments it is more important than ever to remind people about what can happen when anti-Semitism is left unchecked. Recently, cemetery stones have been overturned, bomb threats made against synagogues and we have seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Jews. To combat that a new pilot program called Eitanim (which means the strong or steadfast ones), is encouraging teenagers to use technology in a novel way to share what happened in the past to deepen connection to Israel in the future. [Read more…]

“Overseas”: Children’s play in Hebrew

Daniel and his parents relocate from Israel to America. On his first day at school Daniel meets his classmates and none of them speak Hebrew. The teacher assigns a partner to each student. Daniel and his partner Michelle have a hard time communicating since they do not speak each other’s language.
With the use of known Israeli children songs and Daniel’s magic the audience will understand how the two overcome the language barriers and learn to get along beautifully.

Actors: Michelle Narkis & Daniel Wertheim
Show Manager: Mia Shiran Shemer
Playwright: Alon Levi
Musical arrangement: Yaron Kafkafi

Please purchase tickets here.

Please direct any questions you may have to Philadelphia@israeliamerican.org

Third Annual National Israeli-American Conference

The Israeli-American Council is thrilled to announce the formation of IAC Philadelphia, our tenth local office! In the coming months we will establish the organization’s presence in one of the most amazing and historic cities in the United States and join our nine other IAC branches in bringing Israeli and Jewish content to our communities.

We are pleased to invite you to the largest national gathering of the Israeli-American Community – the third annual National Israeli-American Conference! Experience three inspiring days exploring critical issues facing the Israeli-American and Jewish-American communities. Join community leaders, prominent thinkers, journalists, senior policymakers, diplomats, business leaders, innovators and more at this one-of-a-kind event!

After September 20th, tickets will cost $50 – $460.

Please contact Sharona Durry for grants and more information at sharonad@israeliamerican.org or cell – 267-250-3835.

Birthright Alumni at Israeli-American Council’s National Conference

Photo credit: Luqux

Photo credit: Luqux

The Israeli-American Council (IAC) and the Orthodox Union’s Bring Israel Home (BIH) program announced a new initiative to strengthen Jewish continuity. The IAC will welcome more than 100 Birthright Israel alumni from the BIH program, along with Israeli soldiers, as part of its third annual National Israeli-American Conference, taking place September 24-26 in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

A New Way to Boost Children’s Hebrew and Ties to Israel

by Rebecca Modell

The Israeli-American Council’s  www.israeliamerican.org Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA), which together with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation provides free monthly Hebrew children’s books to families in the United States, has partnered with Storyly, a new online platform for children’s Hebrew stories, to offer Israeli parents across the United States an innovative, fun way to improve their children’s Hebrew language skills while nurturing a love of Israeli culture.
 
The Israeli-American Council (IAC), will sponsor free Storyly subscriptions to SP-BA members as part of this partnership. Storyly’s pioneering service allows children to have dozens of Hebrew books read to them online as audio e-books, or read to them by friends or relatives including grandparents, aunts or uncles, live on a shared online screen. Children can bond with loved ones far away while being excited by the Hebrew language through the rich world of Israeli children’s books. Please read more information on the partnership between SP-BA and Storyly, and subscribe.

SP-BA, the Hebrew version of PJ Library, offers Jewish children, ages 2-8, and their families an opportunity to create a tradition of reading stories in Hebrew together and enjoying meaningful conversations on Jewish topics and themes at home. The goal is to foster affinity for and knowledge of Jewish values from a young age while connecting them to Israel.

“Sifriyat Pijama B’America today brings free Hebrew children’s books to more than 10,000 families throughout the United States on a monthly basis,” said Adam Milstein, a board member of the Israeli-American Council and the co-founder of SP-BA. “Our partnership with Storyly enables us to substantially expand the reach of our free community building programs and puts us on the cutting-edge of our Israeli-American community, connecting our children to the Hebrew language, Israeli culture, and Jewish values in the digital age.  Now no matter where we are, our children can interact with family and friends in Israel while reading Hebrew stories together on their iPads or computers.”

“Storyly brings Israeli story time into our home in America. My kids love it as it offers great books, and I love that it feels like our family here and in Israel is sitting in one room and enjoying reading together,” said SP-BA and Storyly subscriber, Sharon Rechter of Los Angeles, mother to Noa, 7 and Neta, 4.
Get more information on registering for free SP-BA books and becoming eligible for a free Storyly subscription today!