Israel Programs and Trips
In celebration of Sukkot
Special dinner following One Shabbat Service
Friday, October 18
A Journey Through the Threads That Weave Israeli Cuisine Together
Israel is a melting pot inter-winding different traditions and cultures. It’s a place fusing East and West, resulting in the most unique and delicious dishes.
Join us for a Shabbat dinner in the Sukkah with noted Israeli Chef Aliza Grayevsky Somekh. Growing up in Jerusalem, Sukkot was always Aliza’s favorite holiday. Living in an apartment building, all the families shared one sukkah, showing up for dinner with pots full of food to share, many with unfamiliar flavors. Given that nearly every family’s roots were in different places, such as: Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. It was a mishmash of cultures and tastes. Aliza and her mother would walk around with spoons, tasting every dish, and later trying to recreate what they had eaten, at home.
Come join Aliza, following her dvar at the 6:00pm service, as she cooks some of her favorite dishes from that time. Enjoy this festive meal in the sukkah, along with an Israel wine pairing.
Nonmembers: $40 for adults; $20 for children 11-18; $12 for children 4-10 years old.
Members: $30 for adults; $18.00 for children 11 -18; $10 for children 4-10 years old.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please reach out to Ariana Estoque (415-750-7552) to discuss, if needed.
This event is sponsored by the Israel Action Committee.
Aliza Grayevsky Somekh of Bishulim SF is an eighth generation Jerusalemite. Raised in the kitchens of Jerusalem, she grew up cooking and eating everything the city’s streets and markets had to offer. That makes her intimately familiar with Jerusalem’s culinary collision of flavors and cultures. Working here with the abundance of quality produce of California, Aliza brings to her cooking the “best of all worlds”.
Where Have We Been? Where are We Going?
A Post-Election Look at Israel
Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm
A lecture by Professor David N. Myers
Congregation Emanu-El is pleased to partner with New Israel Fund and welcome Professor David N. Myers, President of the Board of the New Israel Fund and renowned professor of Jewish history. Professor Myers will explore the present and future landscape of Israel after this year’s double elections and in light of key historical trends over the past 50 years.
David Myers, NIF’s Board President, is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. An alumnus of Yale (1982), Myers undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard Universities before receiving his Ph.D. with distinction in 1991 in Jewish history from Columbia University. He is the author or editor of fifteen books in Jewish history.
Congregation Emanu-El Summer 2020
Family Israel Trip
(June 20 – June 30)
Join Rabbi Carla Fenves who will lead you on this multi-generational trip to Israel. We will tour and connect with Israeli political and cultural leaders. We will immerse ourselves in the wonders of the past and the challenges and blessings of the present.
Review the itinerary: https://www.emanuelsf.org/2020-emanu-el-trip-to-israel/
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