Category Archives: Events

We Asked and People Came—by Ayala Emmett

Supporting Our Refugee Neighbors
Bobbi Berg
Karen Elam
Barbara Orenstein-Present

Sunday December 3 turns out to be a beautiful sunny day, a surprising treat in Rochester. I sit in a line of cars inching our way to unload our donations at the door. The line is long, the day is pleasantly warm, and I decide to park my car and walk over. I do not know yet that I would speak to the organizers of the event. I am unaware that I would encounter Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, or that I would leave with unexpected gifts. My plan is to just drop off my items and enjoy the rest of the day. read more

Rally to Save DACA!

Join us in Rochester for a Press Conference and

Rally to Save DACA!

Friday, September 8, 2017, 12 Noon

Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY

For information: Carly Fox,(585) 500-9409,carly.fox.wjcny@gmail.com

                                       John Ghertner, (585) 733-3171, johnghertner@gmail.com

  As many of you know, on September 5th President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United State as children, from deportation. They should not be deported! This inhumane act will permanently hurt the dreamers, who walked out of the shadows and trusted our government. Instead, this decision will destroy their families and futures and cost the US billions. Dreamers need a permanent legislative solution with no strings attached. read more

Fighting for Social Justice, Ending the Occupation: Presentation Proposal– by Maya Haber

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Presentation Topic: A recent Pew survey shows a distinct gap in thinking about Israel
between Israeli and American Jews. While four‐in‐ten Israeli Jews cite economic issues (inequality, rising housing costs, etc.) as the single biggest long‐term problem facing Israel (this number is higher among Arabs), when U.S. Jews were asked the
same question, almost none (1%) mentioned economic problems, and two‐thirds cited various security issues as the biggest long‐term problem facing Israel. read more

A POSITIVE AGENDA FOR ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND AMERICAN JEWS–Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the JCC

A POSITIVE AGENDA FOR ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND AMERICAN JEWS

A talk with Alan Elsner, J Street VP for Communications.
Presented by J Street Rochester
Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester N.Y.

With the current horrific violence in Israeli and the West Bank and Gaza, many Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews have given up on ever reach peace. Yet, according to Alan Elsner, the two-state solution remains the only viable way to resolve the conflict. This talk will examine why the current situation is unsustainable. Elsner believes that if the parties continue on their present course, Israel’s future as a democracy and Jewish homeland will come under increasing threat. His lecture is entitled: read more

A POSITIVE AGENDA FOR ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND AMERICAN JEWS–Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the JCC

A POSITIVE AGENDA FOR ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS AND AMERICAN JEWS

A talk with Alan Elsner, J Street VP for Communications.
Presented by J Street Rochester

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester N.Y.

With the current horrific violence in Israeli and the West Bank and Gaza, many Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews have given up on ever reach peace. Yet, according to Alan Elsner, the two-state solution remains the only viable way to resolve the conflict. This talk will examine why the current situation is unsustainable. Elsner believes that if the parties continue on their present course, Israel’s future as a democracy and Jewish homeland will come under increasing threat. His lecture is entitled:
“A Positive Agenda for Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews” read more

Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue Series

Sunday, November 8, 2 pm
at the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester
2692 Dewey Avenue

Topic for discussion:
“Notions of the Afterlife”

speakers:
Dr. Ahmet Celenli, UR Muslim Chaplain
Rabbi Drorah Setel, Temple Emanu-El

Kosher and Halal refreshments will be served

the public is invited to attend

co-sponsored by:
Congregation Beth Hamedresh – Beth Israel
Temple Beth Am
Temple Beth David
The Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester
The Peace Islands Institute of Upstate New York

with support from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation read more

Antisemitism & Islamophobia: A Panel Discussion

interfaith dialogue
interfaith dialogue

Antisemitism & Islamophobia:  A Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 12, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester 441 East Avenue • Rochester, NY 14607

Free of charge • All are welcome

Featuring:

Dr. Mehnaz Afridi

Dr. Afridi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. An observant Muslim who teaches courses both in Islam and the Holocaust at a Catholic college, many of Dr. Afridi’s publications have focused on themes of Muslim identity with an emphasis on the way that Antisemitism has been expressed by her contemporaries. read more

SHALOM CHAVER: YITZHAK RABIN, TWENTY YEARS LATER

Miri Aloni and Yitzhak Rabin singing “Shir La'Shalom” on the night of his assassination
Miri Aloni and Yitzhak Rabin singing “Shir La’Shalom” on the night of his assassination

SHALOM CHAVER: YITZHAK RABIN, TWENTY YEARS LATER

Tuesday, November 3, 7pm; JCC Hart Theater

A Tribute To Yitzhak Rabin On The Eve Of The Twentieth Anniversary Of His Assassination.

Join us for a screening of My So-Called Enemy, an RIJFF favorite in which six Israeli and Palestinian teens meet to share their stories. Screening preceded by a short tribute to Rabin’s legacy and unwavering commitment to peace. (Film in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, with English subtitles; 89 minutes.) For more information, contact Joy Getnick.
Free read more

May 8th 2014 – J Street Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:30pm Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Shlomi Eldar, a seasoned analyst, reporter and award-­‐winning film director, has covered the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip for Israel’s TV Channels 1 and 10. He was awarded the Sokolov Prize, Israel’s most important news media award. He has published two books: Eyeless in Gaza (2005) and Getting to Know Hamas (2012).

Presently, Eldar is a columnist for Al‐Monitor’s Israel Pulse. He wrote and directed the documentary “Precious Life” which was awarded best documentary of 2010 by the Israeli Film Academy. read more

ISRAELIS MOBILIZE FOR PEACE: ONE MILLION HANDS FOR A PEACE AGREEMENT

ISRAELIS MOBILIZE FOR PEACE:
ONE MILLION HANDS FOR A PEACE AGREEMENT
Ayala Emmett

“149,585 Israelis have already signed up to deliver a strong message to the Israeli government—the people expect a peace treaty in Spring 2014”

A strong demand for a peace treaty in 2014 is expressed by Israelis these days and offers us here in Jewish America an opportunity to support their efforts.

For many years it was tough to be a pro-Israel pro-peace Jew in America. J Street has changed the political monopoly of AIPAC and has insisted on the right of Jewish pluralism, that is the right have a peace and two-states treaty on the American political map. read more