Events

12:00 pm
The Peres Center: A Legacy of Innovation and Peacemaking

We invite you to join us as we delve into the legacy, and vision of Israel’s ninth President Shimon Peres. We will join our friends at the Peres Center for Peace and take a closer look at the world of peacebuilding in Israel today. From independence to peace, Peres was ahead of his time and was instrumental to future international relations between Israel and her neighbors as well as blazing the trail to start-up nationhood. Following greetings from Chemi Peres, the son of Shimon, Chairman of the Peres Center, and renowned entrepreneur, we will hear from a panel who work daily to ensure that the Center lives up to its founder’s dream. During this program, we will: Learn how the Peres Center innovatively develops and, implements its programs to achieve significant impact in Israel, the region and the world.Explore the ‘Sport in Service of Peace’ Program which uses comprehensive sports-based peace education methodologies uniting Jewish, Arab, Israeli and Palestinian children and youth.Hear from former program participants who have become empowered agents of change in their communities.Look to the future, --what is next for the center and how its role has evolved since its creation in 1996 Streamed live, the program will feature: Yarden Leal-YablonkaDeputy Director GeneralPeres Center for Peace & Innovation Sa’ad BarhoumProject Coordinator Sport in Service of PeacePeres Center for Peace & Innovation Tamar Hay-SagivDirector Peace EducationPeres Center for Peace & Innovation Greetings by: Chemi PeresChairmanPeres Center for Peace & Innovation Host: Wayne 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
Carnegie’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO): Introducing Jazz Legends Of Tomorrow

We mark the celebration of Labor Day weekend in the US with a special concert featuring American Jazz music. The world-renowned Carnegie Hall is synonymous not just with New York but many musical icons who have and continue to grace its stages. The Carnegie Hall is now partnering with AIFL for a showcase of future musical performers, and legends. This tribute to musical excellence features a repertoire from jazz musicians of the past and present performed by its National Youth Orchestra (NYO) Jazz Ensemble, which just completed a summer workshop together in quarantine.Like the AIFL, Carnegie’s youth musical education programs inspire and introduce the world to future leaders from those with aspirations and dreams and emerging talent. These lively musical performances will inspire people of all ages, and we cordially invite you and your family and friends to join for: Greetings from Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall sharing more about Carnegie’s educational initiativesPersonal and impactful stories from members of the National Youth OrchestraAn extraordinary musical performance from some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the world Streamed live, the program will feature: Carnegie’s National Youth Orchestra’s Jazz Ensemble Conducted by: Sean JonesConductorNYO Jazz Ensemble With personal stories from: Ebban Dorsey Aidan McCarthy Emma Boyd Aliceyn Covington Ephraim Dorsey Sophie Urban Greetings by: Sir Clive GillinsonExecutive and Artistic DirectorCarnegie Hall Host: Wayne 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
Prepping To Perform—The Coming Maccabia

Inspired by the recent successes of Israeli athletes and other young people around the globe at the summer Olympics? Well, you don’t need to wait another four years as plans are on for the postponed Maccabiah in Israel during Summer 2022. Our friends at Maccabi USA will share some highlights from preparations that are already underway. Through competitive sports, this competition fosters Jewish pride and builds a sense of community through shared bonds that are further strengthened through camaraderie built on the field. Through developing and promoting national and regional athletic and international activities, they invest in Jewish athletes across the world and provide them with the opportunity to share their heritage and traditions in competitive athletic settings. We will hear from athletes, a coach and a member of professional staff who will share with us: The history, vision and mission of the organization as they look to the post-Olympic future The effect of the pandemic on their activities, including athletic recruitment and how they adaptedThe Maccabi experience from the perspective of a coach working solely on the basis of competitionThe vision for the 2022 games in the wake of the global pandemic Streamed live, the program will feature: Brian SchiffHead Coach, Boys BasketballPresident/ChairmanInternational Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Lizzy ZelikowitzSoccer Player Michael RudzinskyRugby Player Greetings by: Dan KurtzSenior Director of Strategic InitiativesMaccabi USA Host: Wayne 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
The Art of Leftovers: A Gourmet Chef’s Colorful “Palate”

What do you get when you combine two Israeli master chefs and restaurateurs who live on different continents and happen to be good friends with different culinary specialties? Why, a gastronomical adventure of course! They honed their skills over the years gaining notoriety in their respective fields - one in Asian Fusion, now owner of Givatayim’s renowned Papasan restaurant, he is working on new projects influenced by Asian culture and Asian culinary traditions, and the other an LA-based private chef, culinary consultant, and Executive chef, and co-owner of NUA restaurant in the heart of Beverly Hills who brought the many flavors of the Mediterranean to the west coast of the United States. Let us join Chef Yoav Schverd and Chef Moshe Badishi, who have discovered their niches in cultural cuisine by each making it their own and modifying dishes to the palates of their clients and guests. Both chefs will take us on an imaginative culinary journey of making gourmet creations from our holiday leftovers. We will hear their personal stories and learn what spurred their culinary genius They will teach us to look at our own holiday leftovers differently and be a bit more creative in our own kitchens They will share with us wonderful dishes and recipes created from leftovers from the high holidays, featuring dishes for the meat lovers and vegetarians among Streamed live, the program will feature: Chef Moshe Badishi Chef Yoav Schverd Host: Wayne FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica-Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.