Turning Israelis From Voyeurs To Congregants

Programs to lure Israeli-Americans to synagogue are popping up, but it’s a slow road to shul membership.

Contributing Editor
05/31/2016 (All day)

Is it really happening? Are Israeli-Americans, the longtime refuseniks of Jewish-American institutional life, finally coming to shul?

Singer-songwriter Shira Averbuch leads her charges as part of the Keshet program, which is aimed at Hebrew-speaking children.

Israeli Americans, Newly Confident

Inaugural conference of Israeli-American Council seen as a sign of community’s growth and embrace of wider Jewry.

11/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In Brooklyn Heights and on the Upper West Side, Jewish families with young children get together once a week for an hour of music and stories and play time — all in Hebrew. The activities are part of KesheTOT (Keshet is Hebrew for rainbow), a program that began three months ago under the auspices of the Israeli-American Council (IAC).

Members of Israeli-American Council chapter in Los Angeles hold pro-Israel rally. IAC

For Israelis, A Seder Shidduch

Beating back the homesick blues on Passover, with a little help from some fellow expats.

04/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“I call it ‘The Orphanage’,” Elad Kabilio laughs. He’s referring to a conglomerate of borrowed tables, each a different height, which — when pushed together and camouflaged by a white cloth — becomes a large seder table. Surrounded by 20 to 30 mismatched chairs, it takes up the entire living room in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment. “It’s where people without their families come.”

The seder table for Israeli “orphans” at Elad Kabilio’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Elad Kabilio
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