To mark the holidays of Yom Hazikkaron (State of Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'atzma'ut (State of Israel Independence Day), The Jewish Week has published an article by Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, entitled "Appreciating, and Learning to Talk About, Israel":
"Our connection to the State of Israel and its citizens is fundamental, nonnegotiable, and unbreakable . . . the survival and thriving of Jews in the world, including here in America, depend upon the existence and vitality of the State of Israel." –Arnold Eisen
We invite you to join us at JTS on May 9, 2011 for a panel event featuring Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, and Dr. John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. The moderator will be Dr. Barbara Mann, Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature and associate professor of Jewish Literature at JTS. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
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To RSVP online, visit www.jtsa.edu/israelindependenceday. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.
Special services for Shaharit (7:30 a.m.) and Minhah (3:15 p.m.) to commemorate these holidays will be held in the Women's League Seminary Synagogue on May 9 (Yom Hazikkaron) and 10* (Yom Ha'atzma'ut).
JTS will incorporate special readings, poems, and music, led by current rabbinical and cantorial students, to commemorate these events after Shaharit and Minhah services.
Minhah services will include a special D'var Torah for Yom Hazikkaron and Israeli melodies will be incorporated in our tefillot for Yom Ha'atzma'ut.
JTS services are free and open to the public. We hope to see you at 3080 Broadway for these commemorative services.