Presented by Israeli American Council, hosted by CBS.

Since the days of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect and influence on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer. Many of which tell the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive’ and cherished by all.  Naomi Shemer belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colorful narrative. Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Ticket prices:
Early Bird: $15 +1.78 fee (prior to May 23)
Day of: $18 +$1.93 fee (Day of)

To register:

Join us to hear from Lesley Sachs, Immediate Past Executive Director of Women of the Wall (WOW), Director of WOW’s Speakers Bureau, as she shares information about the organization’s efforts to ensure gender equality and religious pluralism in Israel. As a leading voice in Israel for women’s rights and religious pluralism. WOW’s supporters come from a wide range of religious observance with a singular goal of empowering and encouraging freedom of religious expression and gender equality in Israel. WOW advocates for social and legal recognition of the right for women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall. While WOW’s visibility is advocating for freedom of women and girls to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel, the organization’s work encompasses a wider vision of inclusion for Jewish women and girls of all denominations in Israel to live and pray safely and as they choose.

We are excited to be hosting Rabbi Samuel Klein and Rabbi Gilah Kletenik for Shabbat, December 14-15.

Guest Darshan: Rabbi Samuel Klein – D’var Torah: Deep Calls Unto Deep
Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. A rabbi, educator and artist, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London. A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to his move stateside, Samuel was director of a contemporary art gallery in London and a specialist at Sotheby’s in Hebrew rare books and manuscripts.

After Kiddush Lunch learning with Rabbi Gilah Kletenik
Facing the Other: Fraternity & Fratricide in Focus from 1:15pm in the Beit Midrash
Rabbi Gilah Kletenik is a Jewish educator, rabbi, and academic. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” is an inaugural recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.



Interested in fighting discrimination and bias? Join us for a free Bystander Intervention Training with facilitator Krystal Marx.


In this highly interactive training, Washington Initiative (WAI) Head Trainer Krystal Marx will help participants better understand what “bystander apathy” is, and why we fall back into it when something happens. We will then focus on ways to step in that empower the person being targeted, how to confront the harasser, and how to know when to do so. Event is free of charge.


Joshua Safran is an author, attorney and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse. His 7-year legal odyssey to free a Deborah Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence, was featured in the award-winning documentary film, Crime After Crime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Safran’s critically-acclaimed book, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid, chronicling his remarkable childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir. . . reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review). Join us to hear Joshua talk about his experiences working to free Peagler and own personal story of resilience overcoming the most eccentric and harrowing of childhoods.
This gathering is made possible by Jewish Family Service.



This program is designed for those who are looking to understand parts of the Shabbat morning service. It is appropriate for complete beginners, and is part of our Living Judaism class. It is also appropriate for those looking to deepen their Jewish knowledge.

Learners’ Minyan takes place on Saturdays once a month, 10:30-11:30 am in the Beit Midrash. There is no cost to attend.

  • October 20: Overview & P’sukei D’zimra
  • November 10: Tallit & Tzitzit
  • December 15: Shema
  • January 12: Amidah for Shacharit & Musaf
  • February 16: Kedusha for Shacharit & Musaf
  • March 9: Torah Service
  • April 13: Ashrei
  • May 18: Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu
  • June 15: Kaddish & Adon Olam

with Beth Broadway

This course is designed for students who have already completed the previous level class or who already have mastered basic Hebrew vocabulary and the present and past tense verbs.  This level will begin with the future tense verbs and go on to deal with irregular verbs and active binyanim in modern Hebrew, all starting in chapter 7 of the Brandeis modern Hebrew book.  We will continue to use a few Israeli songs and children’s books to practice vocabulary and grammar.  We will also concentrate on increasing conversational skills.

Time: Tuesday nights, 8:00- 9:00pm

Dates:  Class begins Oct. 9 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member

To sign up, register below!

with Talya McCurdy

This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and as part of our lives. Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm

Dates: Class Begins October 9 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member; $375/Non-member

To register, sign up below, or contact the Front Office.

with Sharon Greenberg

This class focuses on prayer Hebrew found in the Siddur. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of structure and meaning of prayers.
Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand Biblical texts in the original.
Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm
Dates: Class begins Oct. 9 (25 sessions)
Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member
To register, sign up below, or contact the Front Office.

with Beth Broadway
This class is for beginning conversational Hebrew. Students with a basic vocabulary are encouraged to join. All are expected to know the Aleph-Bet. Using dialogue practice among students as well as Israeli music and poetry, students will develop basic language  skills and build their vocabulary.

Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand Biblical texts in the original.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: Class begins Oct. 9 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member

To register, sign up below, or contact the Front Office.

Interested in Intermediate Modern Hebrew? There’s a class for that!

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