Israel Engagement Seminar Study! Discuss! Connect!

Date: May 7, 2017  - Time: 9:15 am - 12:45 pm
Location: Merage JCC Show map
Contact: Mark LazarPhone: 949-435-3400 ext. 328Email:

Israel Engagement Seminar Study! Discuss! Connect!

Sunday, May 7, 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


This community wide opportunity to engage in topics related to Israel will be led by guest speakers as well as Rabbis and educators from our Orange County community. From a Ted Talk introduction to panels of local Rabbis to documentaries to sharing the culture of Israel, be part of showing our support to the State of Israel. This is user friendly to those observing the counting of the omer.




9:15-9:45 a.m.   Refreshments
9:45-9:50 a.m.   Welcome
9:50-10:15 a.m.   Israel and Its Relationship to Judaism—Mark Lazar, Director of Education, Center of Jewish Life
10:30-11:30 a.m. Session 1
11:30-11:45 a.m.    Break
11:45 a.m. -12:45p.m.   Session 2

Session 1 options:

Does Israel pose a threat to Jewish Peoplehood?

Consider the perspectives of three prominent Orange County rabbis concerning the complexity of the Israeli-Jewish identity and the diaspora Jew.

Facilitated by: Rabbi Yisroel Ciner, Rabbi Nancy Myers, and Rabbi Joe Mendelsohn


Dilemmas in Israel through a Jewish Lens

Explore and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand different attitudes towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Facilitated by: Lisa Armony, Executive Director of Hillel Foundation of Orange County


Breaking Stories in Israel

Find out what is happening in Israel now! Will there be new elections? Is peace just around the corner? Is Israel at risk? Come and hear the answers to these questions and more.

Facilitated by: Denis Charbit (from Israel), visiting UCI professor 


Issues in Israeli Society Through Music

Through the use of contemporary music various issues within Israeli society will be explored such as religious diversity, ethnicity, social class struggles, and more.

Facilitated by: Rabbi Nicolas Socolovsky


Session 2 options:

What Does Jewish Law Say About Land for Peace?

Should the borders of the modern day State of Israel be defined by the Torah or should they be marked according to military victories and defeats?  Can concessions be made in the name of peace?

Facilitated by: Rabbi David Eliezrie, Rabbi Stuart Light, and Rabbi Marcia Tilchin


Academy Award Winner “Strangers No More”: Screening and Discussion

This film portrays an exceptional school in the heart of Tel Aviv where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Followed by a discussion.

Facilitated by: Myriam Darmoni Charbit


Is Anti-Zionism the New Anti-Semitism

Is the current anti-Zionistic view on the State of Israel, commonly found on college campuses, actually a mask for anti-Semitism?

Facilitated by Yossie Hollander


Israel Through Poetry

From Yehuda HaNassi to Yehuda Amichai, get in touch with the soul of Israel and establish a deeper connection to the land and its people through the words of Zionistic poets.

Facilitated by: Mark Lazar, Director of Jewish Education, Center for Jewish Life, Merge JCC