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The Jewish Deli: A Tasting & Conversation

Over 80 philanthropists gathered on November 14, 2023, for A Night of Solidarity and Jewish Deli Tasting at the 2nd Floor Bar & Essen above the 2nd Avenue Deli. The event served as a fundraiser for JOIN Israel’s Emergency Response.

The evening included performances by Israeli artist Natalie Shtabsky, a speech by Board of Director and Israeli-American Lauren Rieder, as well as addresses by Board President Bryan Weingarten and JOIN Israel’s Executive Director Stephen Bisk.

Guests also watched a solidarity video from Israel, featuring remarks by former Knesset Members Dov Lipman, Meir Sheetrit, and JOIN’s team on the front line.

The fundraiser was headlined by author June Hersh.

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Jews of the Wild West with Aspen Film

JOIN Israel and Aspen Film hosted a sold-out screening of the documentary film “Jews of the Wild West” on Wednesday, August 23rd.

The film tells the story of the largely forgotten history of Jewish pioneers in the American West. It features interviews, archive footage, and historical photographs to tell the stories of these trailblazers.

The event began with a reception at the Casterline | Goodman Contemporary Art Gallery, proceeding by the film will at Aspen Film ISIS Theater.

There was a Q&A with the director and five-time Emmy award winner, Amanda Marshall Kinsey, historian, William Korn, and the Executive Artistic Director of Aspen Film, Susan Wrubel.

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Wine Tasting

JOIN Israel supporters gathered to celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary at a fundraiser sponsored by Wine Poacher and Eli Klein Gallery.

The event featured over 35 critically acclaimed kosher wines from around the world, live music, cheese pairings by The Cheese Guy, and contemporary art.

All proceeds benefited STEM education for at-risk middle school students.

The event was a great success, thanks to everyone who came out to support!

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Upheaval Aspen

On January 13, 90 supporters joined together in the resort town of Aspen, Colorado to raise funds for JOIN Lifeline and the Aspen premiere of Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin. The fundraiser was in partnership with Aspen Film and sponsored by Hidden Light Productions.

The reception was generously hosted by the renowned Hexton Gallery. Following the film there was a Q&A discussion with Susan Wrubel (Executive + Artistic Director of Aspen Film and Industry Executive & Film Producer) and Rob Schwartz (Executive Producer of Upheaval and Founder of Hidden Light Productions).

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CT Friends of JOIN Israel: Reimagining Jewish Food

Hosted on September 21st at The Residence of Debi & Rick Smilow in Westport CT.

A conversation and tasting with Gefilteria Author and Chef Elizabeth Alpern.

The Gefilteria is leading the Jewish food revival with a mission to reclaim time-honored Ashkenazi techniques and ingredients.

The evening was dedicated to extending JOIN Lifeline in Kiryat Shmoneh.

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30th Anniversary Gala

Caroline Aaron

On the evening of May 24th in New York City, 150 supporters of came together to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of JOIN Israel.

Co Chaired by: Norma & Murray Dayan and Melissa & Doug Cohen.

Hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg and Keynote Speech by Award Winning Actor Caroline Aaron and speech by Ambassador Assaf Zamir.

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Upheaval: Temple Beth Torah

JOIN Israel and Temple Beth Torah invite you to a film screening of Upheavel: The Journey of Menachem Begin on Sunday, January 9th at 5pm.

Moderated Q&A by Rabbi Jack Dermer. Panelists Philip Rosen (Executive Producer), Dr. Avil Shilon (Author), and Rachel Greenberg (Producer).

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Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin

A proud yet scarred leader haunted by the Holocaust and decades of war, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin struggled to balance history and heroism to make peace with his greatest enemy and cement a legacy long misunderstood. His life is a nuanced and complicated canvas that tells the story of key events and currents in the history of modern Israel and its relationship to its Middle East neighbors.

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Chocolate Tasting

On Sunday, April 18th 2021, over 60 supporters in 9 states joined together to experience a guided chocolate tasting to celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday. Supporters received a kosher chocolate tasting kit in the mail from Laughing Gull Chocolates.

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Vodka & Latke

The virtual experience included instruction on how to cook a latke and mix a vodka cocktail. Chef Tracy Zimmerman, gave step-by-step instruction on how to fry the perfect latke. Mixologist Alex Levy taught participants how to create the perfect Hanukah themed vodka cocktail- ‘Gelt Pleasure’.

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Israeli Wine Tasting with Carmel Winery

On the evening of Sunday, August 9th, JOIN Israel supporters virtually joined together for an ‘Israeli Wine Tasting with Carmel Winery’. Over 100 supporters attended from 9 states in the US as well as from England, Canada and Israel. Attendees had the option to purchase a bottle of red and white wine in advance of the tasting.  All proceeds of the…

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Webinar: Avidan Milevsky, PH.D

On Wednesday, June 10th JOIN Israel supporters engaged in meaningful learning and discussion surrounding the unique mental health issues that Israelis face amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Over 35 attendees from around the globe joined together virtually to listen to and ask questions of Dr. Avidan Milevsky, a renowned Israeli psychologist. Doug Cohen, a member of…

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Stand-Up Comedy Live From Tel-Aviv

On the evening of Sunday, April 19th, JOIN Israel supporters virtually joined together for ‘Stand-Up Comedy LIVE from Tel-Aviv’ featuring comedian Benji Lovitt. All proceeds of the event went towards the JOIN Lifeline: Helping Israeli Elderly COVID-19 Emergency Campaign. Over 60 participants watched live from around the United States and in three countries.  The night opened on a serious note from a longtime…

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Stephen Bisk, Executive Director was excited to share updates with a few dozen avid JOIN Israel supporters at Zanzibar in Midtown, New York City. Guests enjoyed a few drinks and good company.

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25th Anniversary Gala

JOIN Israel experienced that moment when we hit the quarter-century mark – and we hit it with a bang! Hundreds joined together for a night full of celebration, kosher food, drinks and like-minded individuals. The gala was held at the renowned Institute of Culinary Education in Brookfield Place, New York City. 25 years is a…

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