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Legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein became a national hero when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late seventies. But he became a national traitor equally fast, when he then accepted the job of turning around the hopeless West German basketball team. Klein maintains that Germany—where he was born before the war—means nothing to him, and that training their national team is just another job on his path to NBA glory. But during his time in Germany, Ralph makes a surprising discovery about what happened to his own family in the 1940s, and he realizes that one cannot run away from one’s own past and demons forever. Dir. Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France, 2011, 107 min) Followed by a conversation with the director. Co-presented by Chofshi B'Manhattan , IAC-Dor Chadash, JCC 20s and 30s. Followed by an exclusive 20s and 30s reception for friends of IAC-Dor Chadash and JCC 20s and 30s. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Sep 29
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Is There Enough to Go Around? Shmita and Debt Relief in Israel
Hosted by the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at The JCC in Manhattan Dr. Ruth Calderon, Member of Knesset Ron Lieber, The New York Times’“Your Money” Columnist What can Jewish values teach us about money, debt, and mutual responsibility? The biblical laws of shmita include provisions for debt relief, allowing people the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty every seven years. Join MK Dr. Ruth Calderon, architect of a new debt relief initiative in Israel during this shmita year, and New York Times columnist Ron Lieber for a conversation about how Jewish values affect our financial habits and societal responsibility towards people in debt. (more)REGISTER
center for israel
Mon, Oct 13
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The Aftermath of Gaza And the Future of the Two-State Solution
One year after an extraordinary program during the Kerry peace initiative, Tal Becker, Ghaith Al-Omari and Ethan Bronner return to the Israel Forum to give us their insider's view of the new situation after the dramatic summer. The Israel Forum is made possible by generous support from the Wechsler Family. Ghaith Al-Omari is Executive Director at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). Prior to that, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President, and advisor to former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. In these capacities, he provided advice on foreign policy—especially vis-à-vis the United States and Israel—and security. He has extensive experience in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, having been an advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team throughout the permanent status negotiations (1999–2001). Dr. Tal Becker serves as Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a current member of the Israeli peace negotiation team. He is also a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem where he leads educational initiatives on Israel and the Jewish world. Among numerous positions, Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel's UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert in the IDF. Ethan Bronner is Deputy National Editor of The New York Times. He was most recently national legal affairs correspondent for The Times. Before, he was Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as the newspaper’s deputy foreign editor. Mr. Bronner has also served as assista (more)REGISTER
center for israel
Sun, Oct 19
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Zero Motivation
A zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life in a unit of female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. Dir. Talya Lavie (2014, Israel, 100 mins)Followed by a conversation with the director.Co-presented by IAC-Dor Chadash. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Nov 9
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The Challenges of a Young Country: Comparing Israel and the US at the Age of 66
With David Blight and Ari Shavit, moderated by Emily Bazelon It takes harsh compromises to form and sustain a new country. In its sixth decade, the United States faced a catastrophic period, deeply divided over an issue that was fundamental to its continued existence as a unified country. Are there parallels to the Israel of today? What can Israel learn from American history? The Israel Forum is made possible by generous support from the Wechsler Family. (more)REGISTER
center for israel
Tue, Nov 11
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