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Made in Israel
Jonathan “Jon” Medved, born in San Diego in 1954 or 1955, studied History at the University of California at Berkeley. As a college student he was an activist for Israeli affairs, and by 1980 had emigrated to Israel. It was there that a venture startup with his father led to a career in venture capitalism. By 2006 he had led 12 Israeli startups to valuation above $100 million. As of 2016, he is CEO of OurCrowd, and businessweek.com lists him with 21 other corporate affiliations.
Hodu for Hodu: Being Thankful for Turkey & Everything Else
Monday, November 20, 2017
Location: JCC Teacher: Daniel Weiss
What does Judaism say about gratitude? What should we really be thankful for? Should we be giving thanks only on Thanksgiving or every day? Together we will look at Judaic texts that explore the concept of gratitude and “Thankfulness”. No turkey but plenty of gravy.
Beginner, Intermediate & Conversational FUN
Beginning Wednesdays, August 23, 2017
Learn to speak Hebrew with your friends. Classes for both Beginners and Intermediate learners. Registrants this year will be able to join in on new Conversational Hebrew outings at local establishments to put in to practice what you have learned.
Reclaiming Israel’s History with David Brog
Tuesday, November 14
Elysian at the District
Author David Brog untangles the facts from the myths about the Arab-Israeli conflict. In this class you’ll learn how the Jewish people have maintained a continual presence in the land of Israel for over 3,000 years – despite centuries of Roman, Byzantine and Muslim persecution: how the Romans invented the word “Palestine” as a way to sever the connection between the Jewish people and their land: and the largely untold story of how the leader of the Palestine’s Arabs collaborated with the Nazis to murder Jews n Europe before they could reach their ancestral homeland. You’ll also learn of the extraordinary lengths to which Israel’s military goes to protect Palestinian civilians and how the Palestinians have on separate occasions rejected Israel’s offer of a Palestinian state in virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza.
Reaction to the Turn of the Century Dreyfus Trial in the United States
Monday, October 9, 2017
In 1894, French Jewish Captain, Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of selling military secrets to Germany, and sent to prison. Widespread public attention and controversy over the trials split the country into two opposing sides. Dreyfus was later pardoned. In this class we will discuss why this trial continues to excite and stir debate. How age old anti-Semitism and perceived fears of divided loyalties still resonate today and why was the case considered so important in modern Jewish history. What are the important comparisons and contrasts between the Dreyfus Affair and the case of Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Navy analyst, convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980’s?