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Our Shlicha: Bringing Israel to Agudas Achim

Our Shlicha: Miri Bernovsky

Contact Miri.
Read Miri's Rosh Hashanah 5780 speech.

Connect with Israel While Home
   The Schlichim in the DMV created a program for the wide community. Its diverse online content encompasses a variety of subjects, such as art, sports, lectures, cooking, discussions etc. All conducted virtually via Zoom. The sessions will be led by Shlichim, congregational staff, and volunteers with the goal of adding value, meaning, and connection to our time spent at home during social distancing.
So how does this work?
   If you are interested please add this google calendar to your own calendar. In it you will see every possible session with the link to the virtual meeting in the description; a guide to installing and using Zoom is attached here.
   If there are supplies you need for the lesson it will be specified - most sessions will not require anything but if it does we will try to use things that can already be found at home.

Programs Offered by Miri

Windows on Israel
   Monthly discussion on interesting aspects of Israeli society. Topics to include Israel's Supreme Court -- decisions that changed the Israeli society and current challenges; Righteous among the Nations in Israel; the secular yeshiva and the movement of secular Judaism in Israel; recent events; and different speakers.
Shabbat 30 minutes after services
Israeli Film Series
   Join your fellow film lovers and Agudas Achim members for the 2019-2020 AAC Israeli film series, a notable selection of Israeli films. All films will include a brief introduction and discussion with our Shlicha.
Wednesdays | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Next up: May 27, June 17
Poetry With Miri
   Join Miri for an Israeli poetry night. Sip wine, nosh on cheese, discuss Israeli poetry. The sessions will be intimate groups in Miri's house. Details and RSVP here.

Previous Programs/Speakers

Saturday, November 9, 2019
   Haneen Shibli, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, spoke about the trends and revolutions taking place within the Bedouin sector in Israel.
   Haneen, a personal friend of Miri and Amir, grew up in the Bedouin village Shibli in northern Israel. Her Ph.D. research focuses on access to health services among Bedouins in the southern part of the country.
   Israel is home to approximately 300,000 Bedouin citizens, who make up just over 3% of the country’s citizens.
   Haneen discussed the integration of Bedouins into Israeli society, the social and economic challenges they face, and the progress made in recent years by women within one of the most conservative and religious sectors in Israel.
Windows on Israel SPEAKER: Dr. Itzhak Brook
Saturday, October 5, 2019
   Dr. Itzhak Brook spoke about his experience as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur War. On the anniversary of the war, he spoke about the medical and psychological issues he encountered along with the struggle to preserve one’s humanity in the midst of it all. He was born and raised in Haifa, served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967, as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973, and 27 years in the U.S. Navy. A prolific writer, Dr. Brook is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
   Dr. Brook’s book, "In the Sands of  Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War," can be purchased on Amazon and other online retailers.
Windows on Israel SPEAKER: Yotam Polizer, CO-CEO, ISRAAID
Saturday, October 13, 2018
   IsraAID, Israel’s biggest humanitarian NGO, is currently active in 18 countries including the recent disasters in Houston, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Mexico and California. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, Mr. Polizer led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany. His presentation will draw from these experiences.
   During the last 10 years, Polizer has also built and led psycho-education programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and in South Korea to support the reintegration of North Korean defectors. He has also led missions in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and in Sierra Leone for Ebola survivors, health workers, and affected communities. He has more than 10 years’ experience in education, humanitarian aid, and international development.
Mon, July 13 2020 21 Tammuz 5780