Community Relations Council and simon Family JCC join to expand israel Today series

by | Aug 14, 2016 | What’s Happening

Kickoff event with Ambassador Dennis Ross in collaboration with Virginia Beach Forum

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm sandler Center for the Performing Arts

The Simon Family JCC’s Cultural Arts department and the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater are combining resources to create an expanded Israel Today series.

The Israel Today of 2016-2017 aims to be both a source of information and an opportunity to experience Israel from a variety of perspectives. The series will continue to offer area synagogues, agencies, organizations and donors the ability to come together to learn, experience and support Israel.

Kicking off the 6th annual Israel Today series in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Forum, is Ambassador Dennis Ross, a scholar, skilled diplomat and seasoned negotiator, who has played a leading role in shaping American policy in the Middle East for more than a generation.

Following Ross, in October, the CRC and Simon Family JCC, along with community partners, will welcome Israeli artist Neta Levi who will showcase her work in the Leon Family Art Gallery and offer family and adult workshops. In November, the series continues with a visit from Avi Melamed, Middle East expert, educator, and strategic intelligence analyst, in partnership with the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival. The programming continues with Israeli dancers, vocalists, chefs and artists—a lineup that is sure to make the 6th annual Israel Today series the best yet.

The CRC’s mission is to motivate, educate, and advocate and Israel Today has successfully done so by engaging both the Jewish community and the community at large, including a wide demographic of teens, college students and adults. This year, the goal of the CRC and the Simon Family JCC is to tap into the community’s interests to spark engagement with Israel in the most impactful and relatable platform to each individual and the community.

Learn more about the 2016–2017 Israel Today series, the visiting experts and artists, buy tickets or reserve seats, and more, at or by calling 757-965-6107

Robin Mancoll