Aug
23
9:00 pm21:00

SAVE THE DAY A Voice Among the Silent airs on IBA-Channel 1 Aug 23 at 21:00

A VOICE AMONG THE SILENT: The Legacy of James G. McDonald will have its broadcast premiere on Israel Broadcasting Authority - Channel 1, Rashut Hashidur, Arutz 1, on Tuesday August 23 at 21:00.

A VOICE AMONG THE SILENT: The Legacy of James G. McDonald is the first documentary to shine light on James McDonald’s remarkable efforts to warn the world of Adolf Hitler’s plan for the Jews. The incredible story of McDonald’s foresight was almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003.

The son of Catholic immigrants, James McDonald was one of the first Americans to meet face-to-face with Hitler in 1933. Shocked by Hitler’s threats, McDonald, as League of Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, worked tirelessly to find safe havens for refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. McDonald repeatedly warned world leaders including President Franklin Roosevelt and future Pope Pius XII, of the looming tragedy he foresaw.

President Truman appointed McDonald the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel. McDonald’s role was pivotal in aiding the new state and shaping American-Israeli friendship.

McDonald spoke up when others were silent. McDonald’s bravery is a model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.

Watch the trailer:
www.avoiceamongthesilent.com

Aug
4
6:00 pm18:00

Thursday, Aug. 4th: An Evening with Dr. Mordechai Kedar

The Middle East, Europe and America - Towards a New Equation

Join us for an Evening with Dr. Mordechai Kedar!
Thursday August 4th at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue
11 East 63rd Street, NYC
6:00 pm Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception
7:00 pm Program Begins

Free for current ZOA members, $10 for non-members

REGISTER TODAY!

Mordechai Kedar is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty-five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. The Los Angeles Times‘ Edmund Sanders described him as “one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel”.

Jul
19
7:00 pm19:00

Tuesday, July 19th: Cantor Joseph Malovany In Concert

Cantor Joseph Malovany In Concert
July 19 at 7pm
General seating is $18/ticket

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
NY, NY 10280
 
The internationally beloved cantor of the 5th Avenue Synagogue, Joseph Malovany will present a concert of cantorial masterpieces in English, Yiddish and Hebrew including classics from the liturgical music of Joseph Rumshinsky, composer of The Golden Bride.
                                                     
Sponsorship opportunities available. Acknowledgement in the program for donations of $1,000 or more and post-show reception.

Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

CAMERA Annual Gala: Registration Now Open!

Click here to register

Emet Award Recipient Colonel Richard Kemp

Colonel Richard Kemp has spent most his life fighting terrorism commanding British troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Northern Ireland.

As commander of British Forces in Afghanistan he formed an unconventional force of British troops and US Marines in 2003, which significantly degraded enemy capability.

Since retiring from the Army, Col. Kemp has been a counter-terrorism advisor to the House of Commons, and in New York and Mumbai; a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a board member of Friends of Israel Initiative, Advancing Human Rights and NGO Monitor.

A columnist for the London Times, Col. Kemp writes for national and international newspapers and contributes to TV and radio news programs.

National Dinner Chairs
Caroline & Marcelo Messer

Dinner Co-Chairs
Hedy & Morris Cohen
Paula & Jerry Gottesman
Janice & Steven Hefter
Fabienne & Douglas Silverman
Naomi Vilko, MD & Sid Goldfarb, MD
George Violin

Young Leadership Dinner Liaisons
Joe Aiken
Orlee Zorbaron

Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
West Side Highway, between 22nd and 23rd Streets, New York City
Cocktail Reception 5pm
Dinner 6pm
Dietary laws observed. Valet parking and shuttle service available.

CAMERA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible, excluding $199 per person meal cost.

For more information: 888.736.3672 or dinner@camera.org

Mar
31
8:00 pm20:00

3/31/2016: Breaking the Silence at Columbia University

Breaking the Silence at Columbia University

Thursday, March 31 at 8 PM
    
Rennert Hall, The Kraft Center (Hillel)

Join J Street CU as we welcome Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence (BTS) to speak on campus. 

BTS is a non-profit organization that works to expose the harsh realities of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. The organization does so by collecting the narratives and stories of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli army since the Second Intifada began sixteen years ago. From BTS's website: "We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population's everyday life." 

Avner Gvaryahu, former Director of Public Outreach for BTS, has been with the organization for over five years. He was born in Rehovot, Israel, and was raised in a religious nationalist community. During his time in the Israel Army, Gvaryhau served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade and attained the ranking of staff sergeant. A year after he was discharged, Gvaryahu joined BTS as a researcher and tour guide, and focused his time on connecting Jewish communities around the world with a new understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gvaryahu holds a B.A. in Social Work from Tel Aviv University, and is currently working towards a M.A. at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights here at Columbia University.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Human Rights Graduate Group.

Dec
13
3:00 pm15:00

Cantor Malovany in Concert at B'nai Tikvah Synagogue

We are excited to present Cantor Joseph Malovany in Concert with Cantor Bruce Rockman of Congregation B'nai Tikvah in addition to a Choir, Sons of Tikvah band, Hazan Levin, Cantor Ott and piano accompaniment.

For details and to register go to www.bnaitikvah.org/concert

The theme is this concert is Israel. Cantor Malovany sings in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. One of the world’s most famous, beloved and highly respected cantors, Joseph Malovany has served as the Cantor of New York’s prestigious Fifth Avenue Synagogue since 1973. He holds the academic position of Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music at Yeshiva University. He also holds the position of Dean of the J.D.C. Moscow Academy of Jewish Music. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he served as Cantor at Tel Aviv’s “Bilu” synagogue and as Cantor of the Israeli Army. He is also a “Fellow” of the Trinity College of Music and has been awarded with many citations and honors from various national and international organizations; among them is the Tel Aviv University’s Award for “Tolerance and Understanding.” He is Honorary President of the Cantorial Council of America and Past Chairman of the Board of the American Society for Jewish Music. In 1997, the Joseph Malovany Chair for Advanced Studies in Jewish Liturgical Music was established, by Yeshiva University. He is the founder and President of the World Jewish Music Foundation, dedicated to “Understanding, Tolerance, Religious Freedom and Human Rights –Via music.”

In 2002, Cantor Malovany was appointed Honorary Chief Cantor of the City of Vilnius, Lithuania. The government of Lithuania has issued a special commemorative coin in his honor. Cantor Malovany received the Cross of Merit – Commander of the Legion of Honor, from the President of the Republic of Poland, an honor that is equivalent to knighthood. In August 2010 Cantor Malovany was honored with yet another Honorary Chief Cantorate title from the city and the Jewish community of Riga, Latvia. 

Consistent with his deep musicianship, Joseph Malovany is called upon to premiere contemporary works. For many years, Joseph Malovany has sung the Holocaust memorial prayers at the central New York commemorations at Madison Square Garden, attended by the President and Vice President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel. His heartfelt memorial prayer was chanted at the memorial service for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the Carnegie Hall in New York. 
Joseph Malovany has produced more then 15 compact disks and DVD’s of his performances throughout the world. His hundreds of TV, radio, newspapers and magazines performances and interviews have served to enhance his unique and distinguished reputation as a world authority and a profound exponent and spokesman of his profession and calling. 
This tall, statuesque and genuine cantor and singer, brings much dignity, beauty and warmth with his rare quality, crystal-like tenor voice. World leading music critics have hailed his performances as “thrilling”, “profoundly moving”, “unmatched”, “spellbound”, and “warmth with consummate artistry”. One commentator in a local newspaper described Joseph Malovany as “The Jewish Court Singer of New York” and a Toronto newspaper called him “The Pavarotti of the synagogue.” 

Nov
12
10:00 pm22:00

A Voice Among the Silent: Ambassador James McDonald

 

THIRTEEN in New York City airs “A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald” on Sunday Nov 8 at 11:00 pm and Thursday Nov 12 at 10:30 pm. Chicago filmmaker Shuli Eshel (MAXWELL STREET: A LIVING MEMORY) promos the doc on MetroFocus on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm and 8:30 PM.

 

NJTV airs the doc on Sunday, Nov 15 at 10:00 PM. Shuli Eshel promos the doc on MetroFocus

on Thursday at 5:30 pm and 10:30 pm and WLIW in Long Island at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

     

This compelling documentary, unearthed from recently discovered diaries, shines light for the first time on James McDonald’s efforts to warn the world of Hitler’s plans “to get rid of the Jews” and his attempts to rescue Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis.  

 

McDonald later served as the first U.S. ambassador to Israel, laying down the foundation of American-Israeli friendship. 

 

Please share with your friends and colleagues.

Thank you,

 

Shuli Eshel
Filmmaker
www.shulieshel.com
www.avoiceamongthesilent.com
773-868-4140 Cell 773-415-4140

 

Sep
3
7:30 pm19:30

WHAT THE IRAN DEAL MEANS TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION

ADVOCATES FOR ISRAEL SALON MEETING in NYC

Monday, September 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm

WHAT THE IRAN DEAL MEANS TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Don't miss this discussion of the key challenges facing Western civilization, focusing on Iran and the nuclear "agreement". 

Kenneth S. Abramowitz

Founder of SaveTheWest.com

RSVP TO NAOMIVILKO@MSN.COM

GUESTS ARE WELCOME, RSVP ESSENTIAL.

Ken Abramowitz is a General Partner and co-founder of NGN Capital, a $450 million worldwide healthcare venture capital fund. He joined NGN from The Carlyle Group, where he was Managing Director from 2001-2003, focused on U.S. healthcare buyouts. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Abramowitz was an Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein where he covered the medical-supply, hospital-management. and HMO industries for 23 years. He was voted the Number 1 analyst in Medical Devices and/or Services for 15 years by the Institutional Investor magazine, which also added him to the Wall Street Analyst Hall of Fame in 2009, with a rank of 15 out of 20,000 analysts. He has published several notable studies on healthcare services, major medical mergers and cardiovascular devices. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1972 and an MBA. from Harvard Business School in 1976.

More recently, in 2013, Mr. Abramowitz created a new speech, entitled, “How To Save Western Civilization From Itself!” See a recent video of him delivering the speech here.  The speech was developed to try to fill the gaps in analysis between the politicians, academic community, business leaders, and news organizations. Mr. Abramowitzserves on the boards of Friends of Likud, ZOA, CAMERA, Americans for a Safe Israel, The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), and Bible Lands Museum. He is also active in 25 pro-Israel/America/Western civilization organizations.

Apr
3
8:30 am08:30

YOM HASHOAH

Thursday, April 16 - Yom Hashoah

 
Sunday, April 19, 2-4 PM - Yom Hashoah commemoration at Museum of Jewish Heritage

Join us for the Annual Gathering of Remembrance, New York City's oldest and largest Holocaust Commemoration.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps and the end of the War. Taking place this year on Sunday, April 19 at 2pm, hundreds of survivors and their families will gather to honor the memory of those who perished at the hands of evil, and pay tribute to those who survived to make a better world for us all. We are proud to participate in this meaningful day and hope that you will join us at Temple Emanu-El.

https://webformsrig01bo3.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/Annual-Gathering-of-Remembrance-2015

Apr
3
8:30 am08:30

BODY & SOUL SCREENING AND SALON MEETING: APRIL 26TH NOON

http://www.bodyandsoulthemovie.com/

Friday, April 24  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 

Cinema Village
22 E. 12th Street
Showings at 12:00PM, 3:05PM, 4:30PM, 6:05PM, 9:10PM
General Admission: $12; Seniors: $8
Tickets available at Cinema Village box office
Inquiries: 212-924-3363

Saturday, April 25  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 

Cinema Village
22 E. 12th Street
Showings at 12:00PM, 3:05PM, 4:30PM, 6:05PM, 9:10PM
Remarks by producer/director at 9:10 showing 
General Admission: $12; Seniors: $8
Tickets available at Cinema Village box office
Inquiries: 212-924-3363

Sunday, April 26 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 

Cinema Village
22 E. 12th Street
Showings at 12:00PM, 3:05PM, 4:30PM, 6:05PM, 9:10PM
Remarks by producer/director at 4:30 and 6:05 showings
General Admission: $12; Seniors: $8
Tickets available at Cinema Village box office
Inquiries: 212-924-3363

THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, GLORIA GREENFIELD WILL BE AT MY APARTMENT AT NOON. WE WILL SHOW FILM CLIPS AND DISCUSS THE FILM WHICH IS BEING SHOWN IN MANHATTAN THAT WEEK.

LOCATION WITH RSVP TO NAOMIVILKO@MSN.COM

 

Mar
19
8:00 pm20:00

Edwin Black at B'nai Tikvah, March 19th

Special Speaker:  Edwin Black

Edwin Black is an American syndicated columnist and journalist. He specializes in human rights, the historical interplay between economics and politics in the Middle East, petroleum policy, the abuses practiced by corporations, and the financial underpinnings of Nazi Germany.

Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US, as well as the leading networks of Europe and Latin America. His works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. Many of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with two in active production. Black's speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles.
 
Sponsored by StandWithUs.  

Mar
8
10:15 am10:15

The Anti-Israel Movement on College Campuses

 

The Anti-Israel Movement on College Campuses

Stopping it Dead in its Tracks

What You Need to Know and How To Respond

 

Our current flyer is attached, and the link to register can be found at: http://bnaitikvah.org/event/college/

You may have also received an evite to a private luncheon with Danny Ayalon.  We welcome you to promote this very special opportunity, as well.  Registration can be found at: http://bnaitikvah.org/event/ayalon-luncheon/

As you can see, in addition to the primary sponsors of Congregation B’nai Tikvah and CAMERA, we are proud to include over 20 renowned organizations as co-sponsors: Stand With Us, Hasbara Fellowships, Jerusalem U, Jewish Broadcasting Service, Jewish National Fund, Advocates for Israel, Mercaz, Honest Reporting, Rutgers Hillel, Camp Ramah of the Berkshires, Ramah Israel, Hagalil USY, BBYO, The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ, Israel Commission of United Synagogue, Advocates for Israel, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, Americans for a Safe Israel, Zionist Organization of America, SPME, and World Zionist Organization

Mar
8
10:15 am10:15

To hear more: come to B'nai Tikvah on March 8th at 10:15 am (www.bnaitikvah.org)

In recent years, the Jewish community has become increasingly concerned with how Israel is perceived on American college campuses. I am asked frequently, mostly by anxious members of the community, about possible solutions to the problem. Throughout my career of more than 20 years, I have taken the situation on campus very seriously, as have many of my colleagues. I’ve had the privilege of visiting and lecturing at numbers of universities and colleges throughout North America. In my visits, I regularly meet not only top administrators and faculty but also campus activists and students. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Academics:Contrary to what many may think, the real challenge on campus is not necessarily on the quads. The main challenge is in the academic realm. Tragically, and not without our own contribution, the academic discussion about Israel has been almost solely confined to Israel’s geopolitical hardships.

In the classroom, students are often exposed to Israel as a political issue usually within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict. The powerfully positive and optimistic narrative of Zionism, one of the most successful national liberation movements in history, has been reduced to a narrow, one-dimensional, discussion of the conflict. Sadly, many of Israel’s well-wishers have contributed to this reduction.

Then, out on the quads, some students witness the heated debates and protests over the situation between Israel and its neighbors. Many of us believe that the main task is to win those debates. The reality is that in today’s “Age of Information” there are no winners in lingering debates, only losers. Vast research shows that the very nature of confrontation is a turnoff to many students, the majority of whom are not emotionally invested in these issues.Every encounter with an uninterested/uninformed student or staffer on campus should be viewed as an opportunity. Imagine you are on a first date: you talk about your personal baggage, reciting historical facts and explaining legal arguments, and chances are you likely will not land a second date.

The quality of the emotional tie: This is another challenge that Israel is facing on campus. The majority of college students are not attracted to the politics of the Middle East. And as a result of only talking about Israel’s political reality, students do not see Israel as a people or a creative society. They have developed an inability to relate to our country.

Studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of Americans wholeheartedly support, care and stand with Israel, while 8 percent of Americans do not buy into Israel no matter what. We should focus our efforts on the middle, the 72 percent of Americans on the sidelines of the debate, uninterested in Israel and unconcerned with Middle East politics. It is this apathy, not animosity, which is the biggest challenge Israel faces on campus today. It stems from a disconnect between the conversation about Israel that is currently taking place on campus, and what students truly care about.

Instead of explaining why Israel is on the right side of a debate, we need to show how Israel is relevant and can be attractive to college students. As my dear friend and a great Zionist, Frederick Lawrence, Brandeis’ outgoing president, has often said publicly, “Israel is a country, not a conflict.”

So how do we address these major challenges? We should begin by broadening the conversation about Israel. This does not mean ignoring the geopolitical situation, which is an integral aspect of understanding Israel in the world, but expanding the conversation to include issues that matter to college students.

We should be talking about Israel as a place of opportunity, based on its relative advantages as a leader in science, sustainability, medicine, business, health and lifestyle.

These are topics that generate the many niche conversations that college students are having in the classroom, on social media and with their friends. It is where Israel is relevant — we just need to do a better job of showing how.

For students of faith, we should be hosting a conversation focused on theology, heritage and tradition. For students interested in science and technology, we should be engaging them through Israel’s tech scene and fascinating medical advancements. For community service groups on campus, we should connect them to Israel’s efforts to heal the world through disaster response, agricultural training and combatting disease. And for the few on the fringe who want to passionately debate Middle East politics, we should not shy away from engaging them as well.

Long-term approach: The key, though, to changing the reality on campus is to stop looking at the situation as a crisis, and start thinking about a long-term approach to talking about Israel. Broadening the conversation in these ways is not meant to serve as a crisis management vehicle, but rather a strategy for changing the narrow perception of Israel.

Students want to be associated with places they feel connected to, where they can express themselves, fulfill themselves, start a business or simply have a fun time.

We should empower the organizations that have adopted this approach when it comes to Israel. The efforts of organizations like Masa, BirthrightJNFLapidAIPACJFNA,Hillel and others have resulted in a new phenomenon in which this generation is looking to Israel as a place of opportunity.

For instance, the nonprofit Israel & Co. has brought nearly 1,500 MBA students from the top business schools in the U.S. to Israel, where they see the country’s creative spirit firsthand. Their work is changing the landscape on campuses nationwide by sparking the professional curiosity of students and bringing Israel into their curriculum.

It is these types of ventures that help make Israel relevant to college students. By further increasing strategic partnerships, we can continue sharing Israel’s many attractive features.

Together we can host a new and engaging conversation with students, ensuring that Israel’s future on campus is bright. 

Ambassador Ido Aharoni is consul general of Israel in New York

Feb
26
8:00 pm20:00

Movie: "Body and Soul" at B'nai Tikvah, Feb. 26th

Special Movie: Body and Soul

Body and Soul - The State of the Jewish Nation presents a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel. World-renowned historians, archaeologists, political scientists, religious leaders, and international law and media experts trace the evocative evolution of the relationship between the Jewish People and their homeland that is over 3,000 years old.
 
"Jewish identity is born in a journey to the Land of Israel", declares Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom. That journey moves through the First and Second Temple periods and the Middle Ages, then to modernity, where the development of political Zionism catalyzed the blossoming of a new Jewish spirit. That renewal of Jewish spirit resulted in the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in the Land, an event that Harvard University Professor Ruth Wisse declares "a miracle of truly Biblical proportions."

Sponsored by ZOA-NJ 

Feb
19
8:00 pm20:00

Noam Gershony at B'nai Tikvah, Feb. 19th

Special Speaker: Noam Gershony

On September 8, 2012, an entire nation watched as the flag of Israel was raised over the London Paralympics and as tears appeared on the face of the emotional young Israeli tennis champion, Noam Gershony. Six years before his gold medal win in wheelchair tennis, Noam was serving as an IDF Apache helicopter pilot. At the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, he was severely injured in an operation that brought two helicopters down. 

Thanks to the initial work of the IDF's 669 Search and Rescue unit, the doctors at Rambam hospital, and Noam's positive attitude, he not only survived but now serves as an inspiration for Israelis and Jews around the world. Noam is a symbol of hope, of determination, and triumph.

Sponsored by the Friends of the IDF. $10 per person. 
All proceeds benefit the FIDF.