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 speakers, dances, film screenings and discussions, Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations, and scholarships for March of the Living and Maccabi youth trips to Israel. Our Israel programs are ever-evolving based on areas of community interest as measured through member and community surveys and participation.
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.