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Adult Programs
To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha at 203.487.0961 or


Israel Programs

To register or for more information, contact Yael Stolarsky, our JCC Israeli Shlicha at 203.487.0961 or

Boker Tov, Israel!
Join Yael Stolarsky as we explore Israel’s politics, innovations, society, culture, and values through discussion, interactive presentations, and videos.

Thursdays, 11 – 12 p.m.
Sundays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 18 & Sun., Jan. 21: The Sticker Song: Israel from Bumper to Bumper
Bumper stickers, slogans and graffiti are ubiquitous in Israel and play important roles in Israeli society. They speak volumes about Israel’s politics, values, culture and passions. The Sticker Song was written by leading Israeli author and recorded by a popular rap group.

Thurs., Feb. 15 & Sun., Feb. 25: Silicon Wadi
Israel has proven to be a startup nation that wows the world again and again. What makes entrepreneurship and innovation so pervasive in Israel? Why do Israelis have so many out of the box ideas? And what does the IDF have to do with all of this?

Thurs., Mar. 15 & Sun., Mar. 18: The Building of the Country
Join me as I share the story of my grandma, Yehudit, who was part of the Palmach Brigade unit which built Kibbutz Yizrael in 1948. She was also a student in Mikveh Israel, the famous historic agricultural school founded in 1870 that taught the first Israelis how to build Kibbutzim.

Thurs., Apr. 26 & Sun., Apr. 29: Israel as a Jewish & Democratic State
Israel’s secular–religious status quo was determined with the birth of the country. What was started as a desire to strengthen the Jewish identity after the holocaust and maintain the religious character of the state, has become a burden for many Israelis. In this session we will discuss the conflict between religion and democracy in Israel.


Israeli Film Series
Join us throughout the year for award-winning films direct from Israel. Following each film, Yael Stolarsky will lead us in a meaningful discussion. All films are shown at The J.
Suggested donation: $5

Thursday, December 21 • 7 p.m.
Someone to Run With
This film is based on celebrated Israeli author David Grossman’s novel of the same name. When awkward and painfully shy sixteen-year-old Assaf is asked to find the owner of a stray yellow lab, he begins a quest that will bring him into contact with street kids and criminals, and a talented young singer, Tamar, engaged on her own mission, to rescue a teenage drug addict. A tale of adventure, finding the strength to overcome fears, true friendship and love.

Thursday, January 11 • 7 p.m.
Precious Life 
With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. 

Thursday, February 8 • 7 p.m.
Broken Wings 
Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of their husband and father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their broken wings.

Thursday, March 8 • 7 p.m.
The Secrets 
At a girls’ seminary in the Israeli holy city of Safed, studious Naomi befriends rebellious Michelle. Their friendship is tested when they meet Anouk, a sickly French woman who needs their help. Naomi and Michelle embark on a journey of self-discovery as they secretly study Kabbalistic texts, in hopes of finding spiritual healing for Anouk. A Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County favorite!



Community Shlichut Program
The Volunteer Shlichut program, created by the Jewish Agency for Israel, is committed to strengthening Jewish identity and creating a connection between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel. The JCC Israeli shlicha (emissary) works directly within the community, with children, students and adults, to impart Jewish heritage and Zionism, to encourage members of the community to visit Israel, to provide the community with a taste of Israel, to organize a wide range of educational activities based on the Jewish calendar cycle, and to represent Israel before the general public.

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