Throughout the years, Jewish people were spread out around the world in different countries with different cultures and traditions. Each community has a different story and a different unbelievable journey.

Israel is a melting pot that is made up of these different communities and cultures. We don’t learn about these communities. Their story must be heard. 

In this online lecture series, we will hear the story of 5 different Jewish communities from a personal perspective.

Scroll down to register and more information about each lecture.

Questions? Please email Adi Shalev at [email protected]

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  • Adi Shalev on Iraq

    Adi Shalev on Iraq

    Tuesday, January 4 at 7 p.m.
    Adi will share her Iraqi grandparents’ story. We will talk about what it was like to live as a Jewish person in Iraq and what changed over the years. Also, what finally brought the Israeli government to execute the "Ezra and Nehemiah" operation, which brought them to Israel. Last, how difficult it was to move to a new country.

  • Patrik Tepman on USSR (Ukraine)

    Patrik Tepman on USSR (Ukraine)

    Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m.
    Community Shaliach at "Kings Bay Y" JCC in Brooklyn, NY. Partik will share his family’s personal story of life as a Russian speaking Jew in Israel.
    Come, hear, and explore the journey of Jewish immigrants from the USSR. Learn about the roots and symbols that led his family to escape from Ukraine to Beer Sheva.

  • Avezu Fanta on Ethiopia

    Avezu Fanta on Ethiopia

    February 15 at 7 p.m.
    Israeli Fellow in Philadelphia.
    Avezo, an Ethiopian Jew from Israel, will share her story and the background of the Ethiopian-Jewish community in Israel

  • Ethan Souffir on Tunisia

    Ethan Souffir on Tunisia

    Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
    Israeli Fellow in Montreal. Ethan will talk about Tunisian Jews.
    Ethan's family ended up in France from Tunisia. Ethan will share what it was like to grow up as a person of color in France, address his connection to Israel, and what made him decide at the age of 18 to leave his family & friends and start a new life in the holy land.

  • Hanna Bloch on Israel

    Hanna Bloch on Israel

    Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.
    Community Shlicha in Madison. Hanna will talk about Israeli Jews.
    Hanna will share the story of her grandmother, Savta Meira, and her family. Hanna's grandmother was a 7th generation Jerusalemite. She was a child when the state of Israel was established. Hanna grew up on stories about those times and her family. she will share some of these stories in her talk.


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