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What a Difference Fifty Years Makes

 

 

Having just come back from a couple of days visiting Jerusalem, I can attest to the modernization and vibrancy of the capital of the Jewish people.  Whenever I am in Jerusalem I am in awe at the growth and development that occurs in between visits. 

 

At the same time I am often moved by the things that have remained the same. Whether it is the restaurants and cafes that I myself spent time in thirty years ago, or the ancient sites that make up our history and tradition, I am often left awestruck.  

 

With all three of the Abrahamic faiths laying claim to this small piece of real estate, it is no wonder that the city evokes so much passion, drama and controversy. 

 

This year we will celebrate fifty years since the Six Day War when the IDF Paratroopers captured the wall from the Jordanian forces and finally reunified the entire city under Jewish control for the first time since the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. 

 

In just a couple of weeks we will spend the evening learning about the history and importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.  Our Tikkun Layl Shavuot – or Evening of Study on the holiday of Shavuot, will focus on Jerusalem.  We will start with a dinner of Shakshuka, a traditional Israeli food, followed by several speakers each focusing on a different time period in the history of Jerusalem from ancient times to today. 

 

Topics include:

  • Ancient Jerusalem – City of David

  • Rabbinic Jerusalem – The Second Temple Period  

  • Jerusalem at the Founding of the State

  • The Six Day War – The Reunification

  • Israel Today and what the Future holds for the City

 

Tuesday evening May 30th starting with dinner at 6:00 PM and program at 7:00 PM. 

 

The dinner is $10 a person or $40 per family.  PLEASE make reservations in advance in the office or click here to make your reservation online by clicking here.   

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