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Explore the culture and life of Israel beyond the polemics and politics.

You’re PRO-ISRAEL? It’s time to KNOW ISRAEL!

We welcome you back to our VBS College of Jewish Studies -- offering university-level learning without texts, term papers or fraternities!

This year, we will encounter Israel. PRO-ISRAEL? KNOW ISRAEL! 

Too often, we focus only on "the conflict," Israel's politics and Israel's struggle for existence. But there is so much more to Israel. Israel has its own culture, expressed in literature, music, art, film, food. Israel has a rhythm of life that is unique. This year, our VBS College of Jewish Studies will meet the culture of Israel and all it's fullness. 

– Wednesday, January 19, at 7pm –

We hope to be in-person very soon, but until Omicron allows us, we'll stay safe in our own homes!

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Meeting ID: 896 7483 2159
Passcode: VBS

Topics and Guest Speakers

"New Year, New Jew: Trends in Israeli Culture"

Professor Melissa Weininger

January 19 • 7pm

"Arts and Entertainment: A Window into the Evolution of Israeli Culture"

Tchelet Semel
Director of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles

January 26 • 7pm

"The Art of Israel and the Israeli Soul"

Sagi Refael
Art Historian, Curator and Advisor, Founder of IAILA - Israeli Art in Los Angeles

February 2 + 9 • 7pm

"The Passion, the Beauty, the  Heartbreak -- Israeli Identity and Israeli Music"

Danny Maseng
actor, singer, writer, composer, scholar

February 16 + 23 • 7pm

"The Age of Wonder -- Israeli Identity Through Literature and Film"

Dr. Ethan Pack

...and more!

This series will continue through May 11, 2022. Additional programs to be announced!


Novels & Poetry


Makom, New Israeli Playlist, Israeli Playlist

Click on any song. Then click on the text guide for a translation of the lyrics and background on the song. 


Yotam Ottelenghi & Sami Tamimi, Jerusalem

Much more than a cookbook! A tour of the cultures and traditions of Jerusalem.

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782