Events

12:00 pm
JWI Micro-Enterprises

Join us for the second webinar in our Icons series, in partnership with Jewish Women International, to meet three remarkable businesswomen who run social impact enterprises.This webinar will feature Tal Zur of iota, Kerry Brodie of Emma’s Torch and Anya Cole of Hania New York, and will be moderated by JWI’s CEO, Meredith Jacobs, an alumna of the 2019 AIFL Influential Women Delegation.We will explore the motivations behind of each of these three micro-enterprises and learn how they leverage consumer markets to provide livable wages to other women facing economic hardship. Each of the three will share their own personal and family narratives that influenced their ventures and that still contribute to their brand identity. The panel will share stories of perseverance and success as reflected in these social enterprises: iota's hand work is carried out by women working from their homes. iota teaches them the skill of crochet knitting and supplies work for them. They believe in women's empowerment and giving back to society. iota is a social-business, both ecologically and socially conscious, with a commitment to sustainability and community support. Emma’s Torch empowers refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking through culinary education. Hania New York is a luxury knitwear collection founded by Anya Cole in 2012 and knit by hand by craftswomen in New York City, infusing contemporary style into a centuries-old tradition. Hania’s dedication to sustainability and female empowerment translates into a fair price for the crafting of all pieces to the brand’s makers, which can be earned on a schedule that benefits them and their families. Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Anya Cole Kerry Brodie Tal Zur Moderator: Meredith JacobsCEO Jewish Women International Host: Ruby ShamirExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League (Israel) ICONS is a partnership of Jewish Women International (JWI) and the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL). Conversations will be hosted by Ruby Shamir, Executive Director and Director of International Operations of the Israel Office of AIFL, and moderated by Meredith Jacobs, CEO of JWI , an alumna of the America-Israel Friendship League’s Influential Women Delegation. Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

12:00 pm
Off Broadway! On HaMasger! Theater Shorts

Missing a matinee at the theatre? Let us entertain you. Enjoy Israel’s first and only professional English theatre, Center Stage, along with a Brooklyn, New York-based cast that includes a member of Netflix’s original production, “Unorthodox”. We will showcase an engaging collection of three, short performances that were disrupted and re-invented during current theatre closures. Join AIFL in partnership with Center Stage in Ra’anana, directed by Daniella Crankshaw, and Jewish Plays Project, directed by David Winitzky, as we present this selection of short performances. Hudson’s Legacy, by Steffi Rubin and directed by Grant Crankshaw – A neurotic, suburban mother interviews her grandfather about his immigration experience from the Ukraine, and heavily edits to her own contemporary sensibilities. Five Minute Play Festival Spring 2020, Center Stage Theatre, Israel. Madame Magician, by Wayne L. Firestone, Playwright and directed by Jenna Hoffman - An Israeli scientist meets a female magician on a train ride from Poland to Berlin at the end of the Cold War. In this reflection on personal and collective memory, which is stronger - science or magic? Selected for the Take Ten Festival Spring 2020, Between Us Productions, The Secret Theatre, New York. Refuge Malja, by Bess Weldon and directed by Danielle Faitelson - Jewish-American photojournalist Jamie meets refugee kids all the time, but when Waleed, a shoeless teenager steps off the boat and in front of her lens, she is suddenly forced to confront her own cultural identity, family history, a complicated past relationship, and the undeniable compulsion to become the boy’s rescuer. Winner of the 2020 Tel Aviv Jewish Plays Project Competition. The plays will be followed by a talk back panel of the actors, directors and producers from Ra’anana and New York. Streamed live from Israel and the U.S, the program will feature: O'mer Koren Andrés (Andy) Yaffé Guy Seideman Danielle Faitelson Ita Korenzecher Stephan Schmidt Lenny Ravich Daniella CrankshawJenna Hoffman Moderator: Wayne FirestoneExecutive Director America-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

12:00 pm
Let There Be Water

The United States government predicts that 40 of our 50 states-and 60% of the earth's land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow.Seth M. Siegel is a serial entrepreneur, water activist and a New York Times bestselling author. His critically acclaimed, award-winning book Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World has been published in 18 languages and is on sale in more than 50 countries. His newest work, Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink, sets forth an ambitious agenda for a fundamental rethinking of America’s drinking water system. Oded Distel, one of Israel’s leading water experts, became CEO of Tal-Ya in July 2019 following a substantial career of 24 years in leading positions in the government sector, became the CEO of Tal-Ya in July 2019. In 2007 he founded and became the director of Israel NewTech, a pioneering national program led by the Ministry of Economy and Industry whose goal is to find smart solutions to global challenges by promoting academic research, local market implementation, and international exposure of Israeli companies. In the first 5 years, the program helped take Israel water technology from $600 million to $2 billion. *Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with 60% of its country made of desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also now has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day. *Troubled Water is full of shocking stories about contaminated water found throughout the country and about the everyday heroes who have successfully forced changes in the quality and safety of our drinking water. And it concludes with what America must do to reverse decades of neglect and play-it-safe inaction by government at all levels in order to keep our most precious resource safe. Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Seth Siegel Oded Distel Wayne L. FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

12:00 pm
Dueling Delis

Can an Israeli audience help decide whether the pastrami is leaner in Los Angeles or Chicago? Would it be of any assistance if Chicago-born, Los Angeles resident and Hollywood star, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs) and more, weighed in? While there may be no direct culinary equivalent in Israel, who doesn’t love a good pastrami and pickle every now and then? Even if you can't actually eat the food we show on screen, this panel will provide plenty of food for thought. Marc Canter from Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles and Danny Raskin from Manny’s Deli in Chicago will each make their case, with help from foodie maven, Shannon Sarna of The Nosher. Bring your deli questions, favorite movie food lines (hint: When Harry Met Sally) but most of all, bring your appetite. The panel of guests and experts includes all of the above and more: • Marc Canter - the 4th generation representative of Canter’s Deli. The Canter family originally opened a delicatessen in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1924. They came west along with many Jewish families from the northeastern United States, and since 1931, Canter's has been serving up LA's finest deli cuisine. • Danny Raskin - the 4th generation representative of Manny’s Deli, which opened 75 years ago, and Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli, which came into being shortly after World War II. • Shannon Sarna - Founding Editor of The Nosher, co-host of the podcast Call Your Mother, and a contributing writer to Kveller.com, all part of 70 Faces Media. She is author of the cookbook Modern Jewish Baker and her writing and recipes have appeared in Taste of Home Magazine, Bake from Scratch Magazine, Parade Magazine, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and Tablet Magazine, among others. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, two rescue dogs, and a bunny named S'mores. • Special Guest Jeff Garlin - Born and raised in Chicago, Jeff is an alumnus of Chicago's Second City Theatre and is a multi-talented performer who encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and stand-up comedy. Garlin both co-stars and executive produces the critically acclaimed HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has written and starred in three critically acclaimed solo shows ("I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With," "Uncomplicated" and "Concentrated"). Jeff lives with his family in Los Angeles. His hobbies include eating puddin' and taking naps. Streamed live, the program will feature: Jeff Garlin Marc Canter Ken Raskin Shannon Sarna Host: Wayne L. FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

12:00 pm
IDF Briefing: The IDF’s Role in the Battle Against Covid-19

Please join us for a briefing from the Head of the Israel Defense Forces - Public Diplomacy Office, Major Liad Diamond. The IDF is well known how it innovates and rises to challenges, meeting them head on with swift adaptation and innovation. Earlier this year, Covid-19 presented the world with a new front. True to its legacy, the IDF too was determined in its response, achieving global headlines and recognition for its efforts on the shifting of resources. With the continuing challenge to contain the crisis the IDF has utilized its infrastructure and logistics expertise to provide unique humanitarian assistance for the home front, and hope for the future with its innovative research.In this briefing, Major Diamond will include insights covering the latest data on the pandemic in Israel, and will share observations about: The Home Front Command converting 21 hotels into quarantine facilities. ​The IDF support of the Magen David Adom - tripling the size of their calling capacity.​The IDF Naval Commando and Elite Technology Units used their expertise to develop respiratory technologies for humanitarian causes in cities and villages throughout the country.Streamed live, the program will feature:Major Liad DiamondHead of Public Diplomacy OfficeIsrael Defense ForcesModerator:Jonathan BarsadePresidentAmerica-Israel Friendship LeaguePlease share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.