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January 2022

“Anti-Zionism is Almost Always Antisemitism” with Micha Danzig

Wednesday, January 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom CA United States
Free

Have you heard people say “I am not antisemitic, I am only anti-Zionist” or that “Zionists are trying to weaponize antisemitism to stop legitimate criticism of Israel”? If you want to explore what’s wrong with those types of statements and understand better how to respond to them, as well as differentiate between legitimate “criticism” and plain and simple Jew-hatred, then this is the presentation for you. About Micha: Micha Danzig served in the Israeli Army and is a former police…

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MGSDII Through the Lens: Israel’s Success in Television!

Thursday, January 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

Join MGSDII Visiting Professor and Creator of Netflix’s “The Girl from Oslo,” Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, with Special Guest Star, Amos Tamam! The Girl from Oslo has become one of the most viewed series on Netflix! Join the MGSDII and creator Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz for a discussion about her hit series, what she is working on now, the Israeli television industry, and her role as one of Israel’s “leading ladies” of film and television. To register, please fill out this form: https://mgsdii.org/event/mgsdii-through-the-lens-israels-big-success-in-television/ This event…

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February 2022

Wrestling with…. God, Torah, and Israel with Rabbi Nevarez

Tuesday, February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Diverse Access (hybrid), 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Class meets Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 2022 10:00 am-11:00 am simultaneously in the Feuerstein Family Activity Center and on Zoom. Zoom Link to be provided to registrants prior to class. Join Rabbi Nevarez as he offers rich history and text to help us better understand the concept of wrestling within our tradition. Each session will offer a specific focus around our 3 pillars: God, Torah, and Israel. Session descriptions can be found below… Session 1: Wrestling with…. God (Feb.…

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Master Poetry Class with Dr. Rachel Korazim: “Shirim BeAshdodit: The Poetry of Sami Chetrit”

Thursday, February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Zoom CA United States
Free

In the newly established state of Israel in the 50s and 60s of the previous century Jewish immigrants from Arab countries were met with hostility and degradation by the majority of Israeli society. Sami Chetrit, in his poems, portrays the identity conflicts these immigrants encountered and the ways the Arab-Jewish identity is still a complex model in modern Israel (though much more present and expressed in recent years by poets, philosophers, and artists in the Israeli cultural space). Join us for…

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Israel’s English-Language Media and its Jewish-American Readers

Thursday, February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join the MGSDII’s Latest Visiting Professor, Gilad Halpern, for a Discussion on Israel’s Booming English-Language Media Industry Over the last few decades, the media industry has suffered a tremendous blow. Decline in trust, the collapse of a once-robust business model, and the proliferation of social media have all turned the traditional media into a shadow of its former self. In contrast, Israel’s initially tiny English-language media has grown exponentially. What are the factors behind this growth, and how does it…

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Wrestling with…. God, Torah, and Israel with Rabbi Nevarez

Tuesday, February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Diverse Access (hybrid), 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Free

Class meets Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 2022 10:00 am-11:00 am simultaneously in the Feuerstein Family Activity Center and on Zoom. Zoom Link to be provided to registrants prior to class. Join Rabbi Nevarez as he offers rich history and text to help us better understand the concept of wrestling within our tradition. Each session will offer a specific focus around our 3 pillars: God, Torah, and Israel. Session descriptions can be found below… Session 1: Wrestling with…. God (Feb.…

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Shirel Horovitz, live from Israel in conversation with Esther Schneider: Religion, Mysticism and Gender

Tuesday, February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom CA United States
Free

In this session, we’ll explore the works of painter and installation artist Ester Schneider. Her unique life story and path of studies in the art world has conjured a fascinating body of works that call for a journey through local Israeli culture, mythology, religious imagery, womanhood and more. The first and main part of the session will be led by Shirel Horovitz taking us through Schneider's works. Then, we’ll transition into a conversation with the artist herself and end with…

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Great Israeli Author Event With Assaf Gavron, live from Israel: “Contemporary Israeli Literature: Can You Avoid Politics?”

Thursday, February 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom CA United States
Free

Join us as we examine contemporary Israeli fiction and the role of politics within it. Does life in such a politically-charged environment influence the kind of fiction and other art forms created within it? What is the role of authors in such an environment? Are they expected to deal with it, have an obligation to do so? Or perhaps a burden, a monkey on their back that they are not allowed to escape from?  Through a series of examples and…

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Wrestling with…. God, Torah, and Israel with Rabbi Nevarez

Tuesday, February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Diverse Access (hybrid), 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Class meets Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 2022 10:00 am-11:00 am simultaneously in the Feuerstein Family Activity Center and on Zoom. Zoom Link to be provided to registrants prior to class. Join Rabbi Nevarez as he offers rich history and text to help us better understand the concept of wrestling within our tradition. Each session will offer a specific focus around our 3 pillars: God, Torah, and Israel. Session descriptions can be found below… Session 1: Wrestling with…. God (Feb.…

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Andi Arnovitz, live from Jerusalem, Israel: “The House is in the Book”

Tuesday, February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom CA United States
Free

Books are thresholds to unfamiliar worlds and can serve as bridges connecting diverse communities. Even before the age of printing, codices and books were crucial means of communication, and books persist as vehicles for exchanging information, ideas, stories, and emotions across time and space. They serve as platforms for collaboration between authors and readers, writers and their translators, and the creators of texts and images. During the pandemic, when many people were deprived of physical contact, ideas of the book…

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Dr. Zohar Raviv, live from Jerusalem, Israel “God is Not a Religious Idea: Juxtaposing the American Declaration of Independence and the Ten Commandments”

Thursday, February 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom CA United States
Free

Separation of Church and State is a quintessential principle of American political philosophy. Significantly, this principle may be predicated upon a theological imperative that importantly distinguishes between Church (i.e., religion) and the concept of God. Therefore, it is vital to explore the fundamental forces that gave voice to the American Declaration of Independence, retrace certain crucial theological propositions underlying its conception, and illuminate some striking conceptual similarities between that document and another definitive constitution: the Ten Commandments. Dr. Zohar Raviv is…

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October 2022

Israel Trip with Rabbi Nevarez 2022

Sunday, October 23 - Thursday, November 3
San Diego, CA United States

Join us on the Beth Israel Trip to Israel (and optional extension to the UAE) led by Rabbi Jason and Nicole Nevarez and Nir Nitzan of Nitzan Travel Service The Tour price includes the following: - 10 hotel nights: 3 nights in Tel Aviv, 3 nights in the Galilee, 1 night by the Dead Sea, 3 nights in Jerusalem - Portage at the hotels - Breakfast daily - 7 dinners: welcome dinner, 1 dinner in Tel Aviv, 1 home hospitality…

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