Archives for March 2014

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.

Register now!


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.

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

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.