Israel Events 

Series in Celebration of Israel’s Birthday 1948-2016.  The 68th anniversary of the historic occasion of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

David and Avshalom: Life and Death in the Forest of Angels
Tuesday, May 10   12:10-1:15 PM
JCC Room 150D
Free and open to the community

Bernard (Roy) Mann will talk about his forthcoming historic novel, David and Avshalom • Life and Death in the Forest of Angels. Mann weaves an exciting retelling of David's life and achievements, highly critical to Israel's survival. There's the fabled battle in which David slays Goliath, but other victories over are depicted: the friendship David cultivated with Phoenicia's Hiram, key to a never-broken peace in which Israel prospered and Solomon sailed merchant ships, David's selection of a woman (Judith) to write the "Book of the Beginnings" that in time evolved into Genesis and "Book of the Departure" (Exodus). Finally, David's climactic victorious battle over patricidally intent Avshalom in the Forest of Angels--the terrain where Genesis tells of angels descending and ascending Heaven's ladder. Presented by the Jewish Life and Learning Department in collaboration with the Senior Adult Department. Brown Bag lunch. Dairy or Vegetarian only. Beverages will be available.

RSVP to annie.skelton@shalomaustin.org or 512-735-8088

Yom HaZikaron Commemoraton for Israel’s Fallen
Tuesday May 10, 7 PM
JCC Community Hall

Join us as we honor the memory of soldiers in Israel who have given their lives in Israel in the line of duty, as well as civilian victims of terror. Prayers, music, poetry, film about Oz Tzemach a young Israeli soldier, lighting of candles and readings will be shared during this meaningful ceremony.

Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society
Yom Ha'atzmaut Lunch and Learn
Thursday, May 12, 12-1 PM
JCC Room 150C

Through the pens of its leading writers, participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that is challenging and self-critical, and both offer profound insight into the Israeli national psyche. With Professor Karen Grumberg, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, UT. Author of Place and Ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature 

This is a brown bag luncheon. Dairy or Vegetarian only. We will provide beverages.  RSVP to aliza.orent@shalomaustin.org. In partnership with the Senior Adult Programs

A Celebration of Israel through Music and Song
Saturday, May 14  8 PM
JCC Front lawn

Authentic Israeli Style “Erev Shira B’tzibur” An evening of group singing of old and new Israeli music led by Guy Ben-Moshe and friends. Large screen with all words projected for loud and exuberant singing. Music, singing, food, laughter. For everyone! Bring your blankets and a cooler with drinks. Bring bug spray. 

Israel: Land of Diversity Gallery Exhibition

The Gallery at the J's exhibition "Israel: Land of Diversity" features the work of Martha Kull and Jake Lorfing. The exhibition of photography and colored pencil drawings will be on view from April 11 through May 22, 2016. Martha Kull and Jake Lorfing visited Israel in March of 2015 as part of a travel group sponsored by Congregation Agudas Achim and the incredible beauty and diversity of Israel became the creative source for their artwork. Martha and Jake came away from their visit with admiration for the strength of a people that choose to make their home in such a diverse environment.

Run, Bike, Hike Across Israel May 1-30

Explore Israel and sweat your way across mountains, desert, cities, the Sea of Gallilee (Kinneret). Learn about various aspects of this incredible country and count your kilometers or miles through Eilat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Acco, Haifa and many other cities. Earn points for a prize. All participants receive an Israel/USA pin. Join us in the fitness center for information and to register for this unique way to stay fit and have fun. Contact virginia.lill@shalomaustin.org to learn more.

All events and programs held at 7300 Hart Lane.

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