Bring a little piece of Israel back home to New York City at AZM and Isramerica’s 2nd Annual Layla Lavan.
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Join AZM, ISRAMERICA and other local Jewish organizations for a special concert with Israeli singer Rami Kleinstein.
Monday, May 12
B.B. King Blues Club
On Tuesday, August 20, more than 30 Israelis and Americans networked b’ivrit at Café Ivrit…Pub Edition!, the first event for ViZionYLD’s Hebrew immersion-based series for young professionals. At this Hebrew-only zone, guests mingled over beera, chummus, and the always-popular Bamba in a private room at Hudson Station, discussing everything from their favorite TV shows to their latest travels in Hebrew.
Participants played sheshbesh (backgammon), the Hebrew-version Bananagrams and even “lechu dag,” the literal translation of the card game “Go Fish.” Native Hebrew speakers guided conversations, encouraging guests with all levels of fluency to use Hebrew for even mundane communications such as introducing themselves and asking for directions. Even beginners sung along with the Israeli music playing in the background and appreciated the historical posters of pre-State Israel.
Many participants had spent time in Israel on programs run by Masa Israel Journey, which co-sponsored this event. Since their return to New York, some missed Israel and its culture; they were thrilled to be in an environment filled with Hebrew and Israeli-themed activities and to feel like they were back in Israel for an evening.
To see more photos of this fantastic event, please visit our Facebook page.
Join ViZionYLD & Masa Israel for an evening of informal Hebrew networking. Practice your Hebrew-speaking skills over beera and chummus with other young professionals. Chat with young Israelis, and schmooze b’ivrit at the bar! Café Ivrit is a new initiative that uses the Hebrew language to further connect young professionals to their Jewish identity & the State of Israel.
The series uses a holistic approach of immersion and experiential learning to engage and inspire.
All levels are welcome. Yallah, Nu!!
Light Israeli refreshments will be served.
The first New York Layla Lavan took place on Wednesday evening, July 17th in the midst of one of the worst heat waves in years. An annual event in Tel Aviv, Layla Lavan was first instituted there as an all-night cultural festival in 2003 to mark UNESCO’s awarding it World Heritage status. The record-breaking hot and humid weather was no deterrent for the Manhattan revelers who flocked to the west side for “a taste of Israel” in New York.
From young professionals and local Israelis to BirthRight and Masa returnees, more than 200 New Yorkers made their way to Hudson Station on West 35th Street to enjoy felafel, sabich, bourekas and limonana with blue and white drinks while listening to contemporary Israeli music, speaking Hebrew at the Cafe Ivrit, walking the indoor “shuk” and getting henna tatoos . A very unique part of the program was a beer tasting table, where participants had the opportunity to test “Lost Tribes Beer”, micro-brews based on ancient Middle Eastern recipes. Awesome!
AZM organizers described the first annual Layla Lavan as a pilot project that they hope will grow into an annual Israeli cultural summertime party and festival in New York. As they see it, Layla Lavan will eventually expand into different venues and flow onto the streets, reflecting a variety of Israeli cultural expressions and the vibrancy of Tel Aviv, the White City, at night. Meanwhile, one of those who attended this year summed it up for a lot of people when he wrote on the FaceBook event page “To the organizers of this event: This was one of the best events I have attended in a long time. Thank you for putting it all together!”
View pictures from the event here!
How do the media portray Israel? On February 7, ViZion YLD, the Young Leadership of the American Zionist Movement, set to find out. At an intimate dinner sponsored by AZM, Aryeh Green, Director of MediaCentral, led a provocative discussion about the challenges the region faces today and what we can to do improve Israel’s image. Green is a frequent speaker on Israel, media issues, human rights in the Middle East and current affairs.
Sometimes, Green said, it’s not about advocacy but simply about honest and accurate reporting. He went on to add that it’s our responsibility to demand honest journalism from our main news sources and that we have the power to influence production. At the Q&A session, attendees explored the most credible news sources, why the media inaccurately reports, and the repercussions of those inaccuracies.
Of course, everyone left wanting more discussion…and more falafel!
To get more involved in ViZionYLD, please follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/vizionyld
On December 10, ViZion Chicago, the American Zionist Movement’s Young Leadership division in Chicago, partnered with Temple Sholom’s 20’s and 30’s group to present Top Chef Chanukah. Two teams, the McAbees and the Oilers, competed to cook the most delicious latke this side of the Atlantic. Well known for their expertise in food and Jewish holidays, Rabbi Shoshana Conover, Temple Sholom’s assistant rabbi; Bryan Gryka; chef at Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed; and Guy Hollingsworth, President of AZM Chicago, judged the latke entries.
Teams were provided with the secret ingredients zucchini, sugar, and cayenne pepper, and they wasted no time being creative in their recipes. Though the McAbees impressed everyone with their latkes topped with crème fraiche, sautéed onions, and balsamic vinegar, the Oilers won over the judges with their Shnitke, a combination of schnitzel and latke, and their menorah-shaped latkes. Winners received a gift certificate to new, local kosher restaurant Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed and the runners-up received free entry to the December 14 Shabbaton in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
Next month, ViZion Chicago hosts stand-up comedian Joel Chasnoff as he discusses the many sides of Zionism. And keep an eye out for an upcoming film series! Click here for more information.
Since you probably missed it the first time….
Join AZM Chicago for a Zionist Congress redux
Sunday, August 19 | Temple Emanuel*
6:30 PM| $12 in advance/$15 at the door
*Temple Emanuel, 5959 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois
Parking Available at the Temple Parking Lot
The goal of ViZion is to provide Jewish young adults with educational and social opportunities, allowing them to explore what Zionism means to them from both personal and communal perspectives.
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Connect Jewish professionals working in Zionist/Israel/Jewish not-for-profits
Create a network of like-minded professionals sharing the challenges facing the Jewish communal world and their own professional development
Cultivate the future of Zionist and communal leaders in a safe and open environment
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ViZion New York’s past events include:
Israeli Bar Night and Pub Quiz in New York
ViZionPro Professional Development Workshop
[En]ViZion This! New York Kickoff Party
Srugim Screening Series at the JCC in Manhattan
Burn Away the Darkness Chanukah Happy Hour
Tap The Sukkah Concert
Herzl’s 150th Birthday Celebration
ViZion Chicago’s past events include:
Lunch’n’Learn – Building Resiliency among Israel’s Emergency Medical Responders
Magniv Baviv Young Adult Spring Fundraiser
Lunch’n’Learn – “Israel – Who Cares?”
Srugim Screening Series at Schubas
How to Make your Next Handshake Count: Professional Development with Shalom Klein
Short Stories of Israel with author Ken Ngwa
Herzl’s 150th Birthday Bash
ViZion has also sponsored:
Boston Israel Group Israeli Bar Night and Pub Quiz
Srugim Screening Series in Boston in cooperation with the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Srugim Screening Series at the Washington, DC JCC
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AZM is the U.S. Affiliate of the World Zionist Organization