The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn

ILJB is a non-denominational center for learning that aims to promote tolerance, moderation, and pluralism in furthering the study and practice of our tradition

We offer quality programs to strengthen and expand Brooklyn's Jewish community

"Thank you for putting together such an amazing array of programs! We're so lucky to have such an important resource in our community". Rabbi Seth Wax,
Congregation Mount Sinai, Brooklyn
"Your vision in putting these programs together is altogether admirable" Rabbi Gordon Tucker
Temple Israel of White Plains


We are very excited to kick off our 2016-2017 speaker series at the Flatbush Jewish Center on Sunday, October 30 with the talk "How Do We Talk About Israel?"

How Do We Talk About Israel Talk @ Flatbush Jewish Center

Sunday, October 30, 4:00 pm

Noam Gilboord, Director of Israel and International Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York will give a talk aimed at providing authoritative information as well as increasing our sensitivity to all sides of the issues, in hopes of fostering civil conversation both within our community and with others. Suggested donation, $10. For more info, contact ILJB at (718) 339-0230

Please also RSVP and share our Facebook link for the event.

This speaker series includes lectures and panels devoted to promoting informed, civil discourse within and among communities on the policies and politics of Israel and US/Israel relations.

Sunday, November 13, 4:00 pm
Kane Street Synagogue (236 Kane Street, Brooklyn, NY)

How Do We Talk About Israel?: The Rabbi's Perspective

A panel consisting of leading members of the rabbinate, in conversation about how our spiritual leaders navigate such divisive waters. Confirmed speakers include Rabbi Gordon Tucker (of Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY), Rabbi Avi Killip (of Mechon Hadar, New York, NY), Rabbi Matt Carl (of East Midwood Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY), Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum (of Ahavas Israel, Brooklyn, NY), and Rabbi Linda Henry-Goodman (of Union Temple, Brooklyn, NY).

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Congregation Mount Sinai (250 Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, NY)

Israel and Geopolitics

This panel, co-sponsored by Hadassah's Brooklyn Region, will give an in-depth analysis of Israel's current situation featuring Dr. Udi Sommer, Israeli Institute Visiting Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Michael Goldhaber, International Legal Expert and author of The Attention Economy.

Stay tuned for more information on three additional events in 2017 including a lecture by Rabbi Michael Paley from UJA, a workshop by the group Resetting the Table, and another on "Israel on Campus."


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