Israel Insights | Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Altho the Gordon Center’s indoor venue is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, join us for exciting virtual arts and culture experiences online, and fun movie screenings at our NEW Gordon Outdoors drive-in movie venue!

Altho the Gordon Center’s indoor venue is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, join us for exciting virtual arts and culture experiences online, and fun movie screenings at our NEW Gordon Outdoors drive-in movie venue!

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Israel Insights

Launched in 2019, the The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum is an innovative initiative that educates Baltimorians about the complex issues of the Jewish State while encouraging candid discussion, education and ongoing reflection.  Considering diverse viewpoints and awareness of nuance related to Israel and Jewish peoplehood, this effort promotes respect and civil discourse via educational programs led by high-profile scholars, facilitators and world class practitioners, in person and virtually.  Community leaders travel on journeys of exploration as they analyze tectonic shifts in the arenas of geopolitics, religion, social services, economics and philanthropy affecting Israel.

The Insight Israel Forum is excited to partner with the Jewish Community Centers of Baltimore to inspire a continuum of information, education, dialogue and experiential opportunities connecting our community and Israel.  

Opening Program: Israel: What’s Next?

Tuesday, September 15 | 4:00-5:15pm EST

Explore current events, U.S. – Israeli relations, a two-state solution, the 2020 Presidential Election and the rise in antisemitism. Featuring panelists Jonathan Tobin, editor in chief at Jewish News Syndicate, and J.J. Goldberg, editor at large at The Forward, moderated by Beth H. Goldsmith, chair of the board, The Associated. Questions? Contact Jeffrey Blavatt at jblavatt@associated.org.

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Wisdom Studio Classes fueled by Israel Insights:

Are American Jews and Israel Heading for Divorce?
Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 | 8:00pm EST

Ask American Jews and Israelis to define their relationship, and you'd hear what sounds a lot like a couple on the brink of divorce. Liel Leibovitz, an Israeli-American journalist with roots in both communities, sheds light on the fissures tearing the world's two largest Jewish centers apart, and finds surprising reasons to be hopeful.

Not a Nice Jewish Girl: Jewish Women in Film
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 | 8:00pm EST

This masterclass examines the depiction of Jewish women in film and explores the complicated legacy of being a traditional Jewish woman and seeking out a place in the modern world, with Rachel S. Harris, Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture at the University of Illinois.

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Israel Insights Book Club:

Join author and Professor Sara Yael Hirschhorn as she discusses her book City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement. In this three-part series, the author will lead the first and third discussions. Book pick up will be at the Rosenbloom JCC in Owings Mills. 

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J Arts Enrichment

The Gordon and the JCC bring arts enrichment & cultural events to the community. We offer high-quality arts classes, trips, films and other creative opportunities for adults as well as dance, music and performing arts programs for youth. You can find them at the Gordon Center or in the classrooms and studios of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills and Weinberg Park Heights JCCs. 

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