Israel Up to the Minute, a series of casual briefings on the current “hot button” issues in Israel, returns on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at the Mayerson JCC. The topic of this second session is “What is the Jewish State?” In a discussion led by Yair Cohen, Cincinnati’s community shaliach (emissary), participants will explore what makes Israel a Jewish state.
A study released earlier in this year found that Israelis are torn between wanting a state that reflects Judaism and Jewish law and full protecting religious and individual freedoms. While 87 percent of Israelis believe, for example, that food served in public institutions must be kosher, 59 percent also believe that public transportation should be available on the Sabbath. Moderated by Cohen, participants will look at what these possibly opposing beliefs mean for Israel as a Jewish state.
Young adults, age 21-45, are invited to come early for the Power Half-Hour: Conversations and Libations at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockdale Temple social hall, presented by the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. In this second installment of the popular Power Half-Hour, a tasting of international beers will be offered, along with the opportunity to mingle with other young adults interested in Israel, before attending Israel Up to the Minute, at the Mayerson JCC.
Yair Cohen is the community shaliach (emissary from Israel) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Israel Center, funded by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. Cohen arrived in Cincinnati in September 2011, after being trained by the Jewish Agency for Israel, and is primarily responsible for sustaining and strengthening the multi-faceted connections to Israel in Cincinnati through education, advocacy and travel.
The Israel Up to the Minute series continues on April 17. These programs are free and open to the public.