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Wonder Women of Israel Series (Session 4): Sharon Gavish, Health & Cooking Expert (virtual)

Date: Sunday, June 6, 2021

Time: 8:00 pm


Join Israeli health & cooking expert, Sharon Gavish, as she shares her perspective on how to make time in our busy schedules for healthy cooking—for yourself or for the whole family. …Read more and Register


“Days of Memory: From Commemoration to Celebration,” signature, three-night viewing experience on Virtual JCC platform.

Featuring exclusive content created by the JCC Movement for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzma'ut. 
This flagship event will use storytelling, first-person accounts, music, and more, so North America’s Jewish community can observe these Israeli holidays by exploring how telling and retelling is shaped by memory; transformed through commemoration; and, over time, shared in celebration. 

Days of Memory Flagship Events: 

  • Wednesday, April 7 - Yom HaShoah: Honoring Jewish Resilience and Storytelling
  • Tuesday, April 13 - Yom HaZikaron: The Power of Jewish Peoplehood Through Personal and Collective Mourning
  • Wednesday, April 14 - Yom HaAtzma'ut: Moments of Pride Through Israeli Innovation

All programs are being broadcast at 8 pm EDT on the VirtualJCC platform ( Pre-registration at no cost is required

“Bringing Israel Home” — A live-at-home Cooking & Q&A with Michael Solomonov, chef/co-owner of Zahav Restaurant in Philadelphia.

This new digital series with a live-at-home cooking and Q&A component featuring 5-time James Beard award-winning chef/co-owner of Zahav, Michael Solomonov — premiered Wednesday, January 13 at 8pm EST and airs weekly on Wednesday nights at 8pm through April 28 (free to watch on Vimeo). 

DETAILS:  Chef Michael Solomonov typically visits Israel twice a year, but with travel to Israel curtailed in 2020 and into 2021, Solomonov is bridging the gap with the new 16-episode digital series, “Bringing Israel Home.”  At the start of each episode, Solomonov visits with his friends and prominent Israelis, who share their awe-inspiring take on Israeli food culture.  Then, live in his home kitchen, Solomonov cooks a mix of new and signature dishes that are centered on the gastronomic subject of the episode.  Subjects include “Israel’s Diversity”; “The Port City of Akko”; “Yemenite Soup for the Soul”; “The Israeli Bakery”; and “The Shuk”.  The cooking component in each episode includes a live Q&A with viewers. 

“We’re all searching for different ways to visit with the people and places we miss the most,” says Solomonov. "On Bringing Israel Home, I wanted to try and recapture what I feel when I walk off the airplane and first put my feet on the ground in Israel.  We’re so fortunate on this show to visit with an incredible line-up of people, who will bring that sense of place and culinary discovery to us at home.” 

GUESTS & DISHES:  Solomonov talks with a variety of prominent Israelis in the first part of each episode – including food journalist Ronit Vered; chef Osama Dalal; actor Sasson Gabay; cookbook author Adeena Sussman; co-founder and lead singer of Yemen Blues - Ravid Kahalani; chef and food writer Ruthie Russo; and baker Uri Scheft of Lehamim.  In Solomonov’s home kitchen, he prepares dishes based on the theme of the episode while taking live questions from viewers.  Dishes include Chicken Thighs with Kumquats and Green OlivesFish Schnitzel with Kataifi, Preserved Lemon, & CapersSabichHand-Stretched Phyllo Borekas with Spinach and Kashkaval; and Konafi with Saffron Syrup. 

RECIPES: Will be available to viewers in advance through Jewish Food Society, here.  

SUPPORT FOR THE SHOW: Provided by The Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund, Jim Joseph Foundation, Maimonides Fund, The Paul E. Singer Foundation and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation. The Hub on My Jewish Learning and The Nosher are promotional partners. 

ENTER TO WIN: Now through Sunday, January 31, enter to win a private Zoom cooking class with Michael Solomonov by filling out the form, here.  The winner will be notified on February 1. 

MICHAEL SOLOMONOV:  Michael Solomonov is a beloved champion of Israel's extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.  He is co-owner of Philadelphia’s CookNSolo Restaurants which include Zahav, the trailblazing Israeli restaurant where Solomonov is Chef, and he is the co-author of three cookbooks.  Solomonov is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation awards, including 2016 “Book of the Year” for his and CookNSolo partner Steven Cook’s bestseller Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, as well as 2017 “Outstanding Chef” and 2019 "Outstanding Restaurant" for Zahav.  Food & Wine Magazine recognized Zahav as one of the 2018 "40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years".  The other distinguished restaurants in Solomonov’s Israeli village are Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, K’Far, Merkaz, and Laser Wolf – all in Philadelphia. 

Keep-up with Bringing Israel Home online at @bringingisraelhome on Instagram. 


Ongoing Weekly Programs

Hebrew Through Song
Tuesdays, 9am

Join Rotem Ur, Shaliach at Shaare Torah Congregation in Maryland, and learn Hebrew through songs. 
Register here.

Israeli Dance with Ethan Halpern
Tuesdays, 8pm

Join us weekly for a zoom dance class that incorporates Jewish and Israeli culture through choreographed dances set to modern music by Israeli artists. The dances students learn are recognized in most programs internationally. No experience is required. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 821 0329 2101
Passcode: 011688


Fill Up Your Cup... with Weekly News Updates from Israel!*
Wednesdays, 10am-11am 
Join Shy Ashkenazi, Pozez JCC's Shaliach, for a conversation about what's happening in Israel today. Click here to register.

*This program is presented by the Pozez JCC-JAFI’s Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program, which is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Video on Demand

The Amichai Windows- A Poetic Work of Art                               
Featuring: Rick Black, Book artist and writer; Noa Ohayon Bab, Senior Shlicha for the Jewish federation of Greater Washington and Hebrew literature scholar.    
Facilitated by: Shy Ashkenazi, Senior Community Shaliach, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia.  
Yehuda Amichai, one of Israel’s greatest poets, passed away 20 years ago, and left behind poems, documents and a life story.   We invite you to explore Amichai’s work as it is reflected in the unique work of Rick Black, a book artist from Northern Virginia who carries a special personal connection to Yehuda Amichai. Rick created a rare and unique art book called “The Amichai Windows”. Join us in celebrating  Hebrew Language Day as we learn about the creative process of this unique art book and explore Amichai’s creations with Noa Ohayon Bab.  
To view:

Why Racism Matters to Jews
Featuring: Dr. LaNitra Berger, Senior Director, Office of Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Education, George Mason University; Dr. Charles Chavis, Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History and Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race, at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; and Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation among three local professionals who care deeply about racial inequality and the status of Black-Jewish relations today, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Dr. Berger will speak to how Jews might feel about their whiteness considering the current climate of racism toward “others,” while also experiencing anti-Semitism. Dr. Chavis will give a historical perspective on how the Black Jewish Alliance rose during the Civil Rights movement and where it is now as dramatic events unfold each day. Rabbi Saxe will discuss what our congregations and communities can do to help in this significant moment of racial awakening, as well as how Jews of color might feel about their experiences. This is a dialogue for anyone who values equality and justice for all. Click here to watch the webinar.  

Israel Story Podcasts
You might be familiar with the hit podcast Israel StoryFrequently called the "Israeli 'This American Life,'" Israel Story is the world's largest and leading Jewish podcast, with hundreds of thousands of listeners in 194 countries around the globe. They tell heartwarming, thoughtful and fascinating human-interest tales from Israel. Shying away from politics, their content offers a unique glimpse into Israeli society and provides an unusually effective (and fun!) way of expanding the conversation about Israel. They just launched their fifth season with "Alone, Together" - a miniseries that explores life in Israel during COVID-19.

You can access their entire body of work (nearly 100 full-length episodes) on their website, or by subscribing to their feed in English and/or Hebrew. Additionally, they offer live online presentations, workshops, and interviews, and have done countless virtual events during the pandemic.

Jewish Baseball Players
This short video showcases Jewish baseball players of past and present, but still alive, along with owners, sportscasters, and other professionals connected to MLB, signing and speaking about what it means to be part of a first-ever all-Jewish piece of artwork! 


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