New York Speaker Series – with Gil Hoffman

Join AZM and Bnai Zion for a New York Speaker Series event with Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for the Jerusalem Post.

Thursday, May 8
7 pm
Bnai Zion House
136 E. 39th Street
New York, NY 10016

Admission is free but is required for security purposes.

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Café Israel – Broadening the Conversation

In early March, the American Zionist Movement kicked off its Café Israel – Broadening the Conversation, a series of round-table discussions about Israel, with Shahar Azani, Consul for Media Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. After a light lunch, Azani gave brief remarks and then opened the floor to a Q&A session.

Israel activists and supporters from all backgrounds shared their concerns about how Israel is treated in the media, how to fight against critics and how to engage people who are not knowledgeable about Israel’s full history and society.

Azani stressed the importance of being positive in interactions about Israel and urged participants to discuss Israel in contexts unrelated to politics and the Middle East. It’s vital, he said, to share less-publicized information, such as high tech developments, with the uninformed and to help paint a more comprehensive perspective about Israel. Doing so, he emphasized, will lead them to make more associations about politics as well.

Café Israel is a monthly series about topics related to Israel. The next event will be Tuesday, April 29, with Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst at the Jerusalem Post.

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FeminIsrael Celebrates Israeli Women

feminisrael-21-150x150The American Zionist Movement and World Zionist Organization are proud to support FeminIsrael, a project that celebrates Israeli women and their accomplishments. During the year, WZO’s Beit Ha’am and Voices Fellowship each provide programming about women’s achievements and challenges in Israel as part of a broader dialogue about social change in Israel. Discussions cover topics as varied as equality for women, religious pluralism, coexistence, economic challenges and more.

Each March, in honor of Women’s History Month, FeminIsrael takes these discussions a step further. Through its educational events and speakers throughout North America, FeminIsrael focuses on Israeli women who have improved their communities and inspired the people around them. Organizers hope these events will serve as motivation for new advocates of feminism, and that whether in a local Jewish community or on a college campus, attendees will become active voices for change.

This year, FeminIsrael is partnering with AZM, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in New York City, ARZA, Makom and the Inter Agency Task force, which helped find speakers.

In the New York area, FeminIsrael will be hosting “Women. Israel. Religion,” a Beit Ha’am Z-Talk, on Sunday, March 23. The panel promises to be truly thought provoking, with speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and is co-sponsored and hosted by B’nai Jeshurun Congregation. For more information and to register, visit here.

To plan a FeminIsrael event in your area, please contact Tova Birnbaum at TovaB@wzo.org.il.

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Mishloach Manot from AZM Brighten Up Purim

To spread the joy of Purim, the American Zionist Movement helped collect donations to send mishloach manot (traditional Purim gift baskets) to Israeli children and soldiers who might otherwise not have received any.

AZM donated more than 450 mishloach manot to those most in need in Southern Israel. Children at the Kehillat Netzach Israel Preschool in Ashkelon received approximately 140 mishloach manot. The baskets were a welcome surprise and cheered up the children, who were staying in shelters because of Code Red sirens from rocket attacks.

AZM also distributed approximately 80 mishloach manot to Neve Hanna, a children’s home in Kiryat Gat, and 70 to Ethiopian children at the Beit Canada Absorption Center in Ashdod. More than 350 mishloach manot were additionally sent to 1st and 2nd graders at AMIT schools in Kiryat Malachi.

As always, AZM was proud to include Israeli soldiers in this campaign. A special intelligence unit received 140 mishloach manot packages and even visited preschoolers during rocket attacks to reassure them and to participate in Purim activities.

Special thanks to AMIT, Mercaz USA, Temple Sinai in Tenafly, New Jersey, for their generous donation, and to everyone around the country who helped make this a special Purim for so many.

To help AZM continue its mission of supporting and promoting Zionism, donate here.

 

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Posters of Pre-State Israel Give Special Insight Into Zionism

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These 18 authentic posters from pre-state Israel and its early years of independence give expression to the ideals on which the Zionist movement was founded, the challenges it has had to contend with since its outset and the remarkable achievements characterizing its first decades.

More than an important historical record, this collection provides a fascinating insight into the atmosphere and spirit of the times. It also serves as a source of inspiration for carrying on with the vital mission of continuing to work for the fulfillment of the Zionist dream. Printed on each poster is a brief description of its contents in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and French, providing context and background enhancing appreciation of its message and associated values.

In addition to being suitable for display in schools, Jewish community centers, synagogues, youth movement clubs, community institutions, camps, offices and homes, these posters constitute a rich resource for informal educational activity on the Zionist vision and the realities that the movement has had to face.

Read what the Jerusalem Post wrote about the posters (PDF file)

Special introductory offer:

Full set of 18 posters (50 x 70 cm. / 20 x 28 in.): $65 in celebration of Israel’s 65 years. (Prices will increase at the end of November.)

1 poster: $10

5 posters: $25

10 posters: $40

wufooShipping is included in all prices. Purchase a full set of 18 posters and get 3 additional posters FREE! It’s easy to order using our Wufoo purchase form.

Purchase Your Poster(s) Here.

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Conference on Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

On December 8, join the American Zionist Movement, the World Zionist Organization and the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to explore Antisemitism today, how it manifests itself and ask whether anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. Featured speakers include author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, US Special Envoy Ira Forman, Deputy Minister of Defense MK Danny Danon,  and Israeli actress Mili Avital.

To see the program: DRAFT PROGRAM 

To register: REGISTER (no longer accepting online registrations. You can register on Sunday at 130 E.59th Street) conference@azm.org

This program will be live streamed. Visit the iZionist site for more details on the day of the program.

 

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AZM Hosts Critical Conference on Zionism

As part of its ongoing mission to strengthen American Jews with Israel, the American Zionist Movement hosted a two-day conference about Zionism, designed to create dialogue and drive action. The conference, “Zionism: From Ideology to Action, Israeli and North American Perspectives,” was held on October 20-21 at the DoubleTree Hotel at Newark Airport in Newark, New Jersey.

The conference joined representatives from many of AZM’s diverse constituent groups with members of the local Jewish community to debate, discuss and deliberate the meaning of Zionism. Several elements related to Zionism were addressed, with each session based on a theme: what Zionism means to me, how to make it relevant today, if and how Israel is still central to Jewish lives and creating and sending a message about Zionism to others.

Attendees were roused by the many distinguished guests who spoke at the conference, providing varied but comprehensive views about their approach to Zionism. Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, opened the conference. Several Zionist thinkers, including renowned authors Professor Gil Troy and Yossi Klein Halevi, provided stimulating discourse in discussions and participated in panels. Professor Steven Cohen shared the results of the 2013 Pew Study on Religion in Public Life, illuminating the procedures of the study as well as what the results mean for the Jewish community.

“It was an outstanding, remarkable, valuable, educational experience,” said Judy Shapiro, Coordinator of Jewish Heritage, New York.

 

 

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Cafe Ivrit Yoga Edition – Alef Bet Yoga!

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Join the American Zionist Movement for Cafe Ivrit Yoga Edition. A Professional Yoga instructor will give a yoga class in Hebrew. All levels of Hebrew welcome. No special knowledge of Hebrew or Yoga is required.

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Zionism: From Ideology to Action: Israeli and American Perspectives

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Zionism: From Ideology to Action, Sunday-Monday, October 20-21, 2013

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Purchase Zionist Books and Gifts

The American Zionist Movement is proud to offer a selection of Zionist books and gifts for sale that will enrich your connection to Israel and the Jewish people in fun and unique ways. Purchase them now!

 

Posters from Pre-State and Early Israel

To see the full selection and to order posters, visit here.

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Zionist Notecards

To order notecards, visit here.

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Zionist Action Figures

Fun figures of David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir and Theodor Herzl.

To order action figures, visit http://www.piece-of-history.com/.

Use coupon code AZM2013 for a 5% discount!

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Moynihan’s Moment By Professor Gil Troy

To learn more about Professor Troy and to order his book, visit here.

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The 188th Crybaby Brigade By Joel Chasnoff

To learn more about comedian Joel Chasnoff and to order his book, visit his website at http://joelchasnoff.com/.

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Cloisonne Flag Pins

To order flag pins, visit here.

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