This page is the portal for all things Israel. Do you want to spend a year in Israel after college, volunteer in Israel, or take a family trip? Check out the Israel Resources section. If you want to get involved with Israeli culture right here in Asheville check out the JCC’s Israel events. For daily news in Israel, see the Jerusalem Post Newsfeed below.
Asheville JCC Statement on Israel Programming
The JCC has a unique ability and responsibility to create real and meaningful connections to Israel for our members and for the larger community. Israel is an indispensable part of Jewish identity, and as such, is part of the J in JCC. Respecting and supporting diverse opinions, beliefs, and practices are essential for strong and enduring communities and the Asheville JCC is committed to being the primary destination for all aspects of Jewish engagement and convening important conversations.
The Asheville JCC will strive to offer programming opportunities that may include:
- Israeli cultural activities
- An infusion of Israel-related content into regular JCC programming (where appropriate)
- Safe and respectful discussions about topical events in Israel and Jewish identity as it relates to Israel
The Asheville Jewish Community Center and Grail Moviehouse are excited to be partnering on the Israeli Film Series. Films in the series cover a variety of topics and genres including political films, comedies, dramas, and historical movies. Films screen on the second Sunday of each month at 3 PM at Grail Moviehouse and each film is followed by a discussion.
For a list of upcoming films and a link to tickets, click here.
Israeli Book Club: Let’s peer into Israeli culture and personality through literature. Contact us to share your interest in participating in a monthly book club where we will focus on Israeli authors, both fiction and non-fiction. Each month a new book will be selected by the group. Contact Rochelle@jcc-asheville.org to express your interest. We hope you will join us. Meetings/Discussion will be held each month (possibly 2x to accommodate schedules). Books can be ordered on line. Find the amazon link here.
“A View from Jerusalem” is a blog written by JCCA VP of the Israel Center, Leah Garber. Garber shares her insight and a direct view into her perspective.
Birthright Israel provides the gift of an educational trip to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26 from around the world who have never been on a peer trip to Israel.
Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults (ages 18-30) to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs.
The Jewish National Fund performs groundbreaking work to develop the land of Israel through a variety of multifaceted environmental initiatives.
The Israel Forever Foundation is an Israel Engagement organization that develops, supports, and promotes experiential learning opportunities to celebrate and strengthen the personal connection to Israel.
The Lone Soldiers program supports Israeli soldiers whose parents do not reside in Israel or soldiers whose families live in Israel but do not support them. The Lone Soldier Center, created in memory of Michael Levin, helps Lone Soldiers before, during and after their service. Programs include: Advising, Shabbat & Holiday Meals, Furniture & Appliances, Basic Needs Items (backpacks, toiletries, etc.) Drafts, Fun Days & Ceremonies, and Social & Educational Events.
The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world’s largest international Jewish event. Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4 – 17, 2017.