Israel Connections

Our Israel Program Center has a calendar full of insightful, fun and engaging virtual programs to keep you connected to the Jewish homeland – all from the comfort and safety of home.


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COVID Stories – It’s Gotta Mean Something

COVID-19 has forced us all to re-evaluate. We invite everyone in Jewish Palm Beach and TZAHAR (Tzfat, Hatzor HaGlilit and Rosh Pina) to create a 30- to 45-second video telling us how it has affected your life and what changes you’ve made as a result of the pandemic. Then, check out Israeli musician Rami Feinstein’s new song, It’s Gotta Mean Something, pick a 10-second segment of the song that is meaningful to you, and record yourself singing/lip-synching and dancing to it.

Once your two videos are complete, email them through WeTransfer to CovidStoriesIPC@jewishpalmbeach.org. Videos should be in horizontal and in mp4 or mov format, and no longer than 60 seconds total. Click here to check out an example.

The intent is to show that we are one community – in the Palm Beaches and Israel – and that we are all experiencing the same challenge at the same time.


By submitting a video, you are agreeing to participate in the It’s Gotta Mean Something video project. You are giving the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County permission to use and publish any video and/or photographs of yourself from the submission. You also give permission to use the contact information, including email addresses, to be used for mass emails and information on Jewish programming in Palm Beaches.


The Yaara Show

Join Yaara Levy, our shlicha (Israeli emissary), as she broadcasts from Israel each month for a timely conversation about what’s happening in Israel today. Click here to watch past episodes. 
• December 17, 2020
• January 14, 2021
• February 4, 2021
• March 4, 2021
• April 1, 2021
• May 6, 2021
• June 3, 2021
• July 1, 2021

Flavors of Israel

Who are the people living in Israel and where did they come from? Join Yaara Levy, our shlicha (Israeli emissary), for a monthly live cooking demonstration program via Zoom, when we’ll get to know the diverse origins of the people living in Israel through their foods and culture. You’ll learn how to make mouth-watering meals from around the world including cuisine from Morocco, Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey and more.

Click below to register for each class. You’ll be sent the list of ingredients in advance of each show.

• December 30, 2020 – Yemen Jews and Food
• January 20, 2021 – Turkish Jews and Food
• February 17, 2021 – Ethiopian Jews and Food
• March 17, 2021 – Kurdish Jews and Food
• April 21, 2021 – Moroccan Jews and Food
• May 19, 2021 – Bulgarian Jews and Food
• June 16, 2021 – Persian Jews and Food
• July 14, 2021 – Libyan Jews and Food

Israel Connect with Shani & Nir

You don’t want to miss this lively monthly talk show led by two of our former shlichim, Shani & Nir! They will cover all layers of Israeli society, from our rich history and traditions to pop culture and more. You’ll even have the chance to put your Israeli knowledge to the test with fun games and interactive contests! Click on the links below to register.

December 20, 2020 – Only in Israel! Commercials tell the Israeli story.
By watching different Israeli commercials, we will glean characteristics of Israeli society’s verity. The commercials will provide us with an excellent platform for discussing current issues and understanding this society better.

January 24, 2021 – Israeli records.
Let’s take a fun journey through the craziest Israeli records! This interactive activity reveals a hidden side of Israelis.

*February 28, 2021 – Virtual tour of kibbutz Kadarim.
Let us take you through the walkways of the kibbutz. We will visit the dining room, community center, kindergarten, factory, inside houses and fantastic nature around us. The locations are an excellent set to tell about a kibbutz’ unique ideology, which changed the Zionist story’s face and where this ideology in nowadays Israel.

March 14, 2021 – Meet the Olim.
Who are these people who left their lives and moved here to build a home? Meet Israeli immigrants who came to Israel from different countries at different times, and hear their stories. You’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions and learn so much about the diversity of Israeli society.

April 18, 2021 – Diverse perspectives in Israel.
Meet Israelis from different backgrounds, and listen to their opinions and thoughts regarding various topics. Ask all the questions you ever wanted to ask but never had the chance.

May 23, 2021 – How well do you know Israel?
Test your knowledge with a fun quiz game about the Jewish homeland.

June 13, 2021 – Final session.
Bring up all the topics we discussed throughout our monthly program. Ask questions, share opinions and wrap up our Israeli online experience.

We hope that you’ll join us for these engaging events designed for all ages. For more information about the Israel Program Center and ways to get involved, please contact Peter Eckstein at 561.209.2611 or peter.eckstein@jewishpalmbeach.org.

The goal of Federation’s Israel Program Center is to create opportunities for the entire Palm Beach Jewish community to develop authentic and meaningful engagement and connections to Israel.

*This program is presented in partnership with Israel Program Center; Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County; and TZAHAR, Federation’s partnership region in Israel made up of the cities of Tzfat, Hatzor HaGlilit and Rosh Pina.