The goal of our Israel programs is to create a community culture that acknowledges and embraces the understanding that Israel is a complex country with a dynamic culture. Programming aims to foster dialogue that promotes greater personal connections to Israel. With these personal connections comes a greater appreciation of the nation’s complexities and a deeper interest in the country’s history and people.
Ongoing Israel programming includes annual speakers, cooking classes, and visiting Schlihim. As our Israeli programs evolve and grow, we hope to implement additional educational opportunities including Israeli folk dancing, trips to Israel, and activities designed to introduce children in our early childhood programs to Israeli culture. Examples of child-focused programs include the Israeli Shuk as part of our Purim celebration and the use of Hebrew words and phrases when appropriate.
Click here for a opportunities to visit, study in, and support Israeli initiatives.
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
Email Jewish Lifelong Learning Director Geri Garfinkel-Gershon for more information.