7 Stops- 7 Diverse Communities – 70 Years Of JDC’s Humanitarian Work In Israel

HOME is an exhibition displaying the moving work of photographers documenting diverse communities living side by side in Israel today and showcasing JDC’s innovative support in Israel. The exhibition is hosted by Temple Emanu-El’s Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica and runs April-November 2018.

We invite you to join us for a timely inter-generational conversation on Israel moderated by Abigail Pogrebin. Panelists include Professor Jonathan D. Sarna with his daughter Leah Sarna; And Rabbi Joseph Telushkin with his daughter Naomi Telushkin. How Parents vs. Children understand Israel and their relationship to it. Join this dialogue with some of the leading Jewish thinkers of our time.

Jonathan D. Sarna is a Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

He was raised in New York City and attended Brandeis University, Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Mercaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he obtained his doctorate in 1979.

Sarna is regarded by Forward newspaper as one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism. He is the author of Lincoln and the Jews: A History and is on the Board with JDC. Sarna is married to Boston College theology professor Ruth Langer, with two children, Aaron and Leah.

Leah Sarna is a fourth year student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also serves as the Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, where she teaches Torah to adults and bnot mitzvah. After her ordination in June, Leah will begin working as the Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation in Chicago, Illinois.

Originally from Newton, MA, Leah studied at the Maimonides School and the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz before completing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Psychology at Yale University in 2014.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was raised in Brooklyn and was ordained at Yeshiva University, and studied Jewish history at Columbia University.

An Orthodox rabbi by training, Telushkin serves as a spiritual leader of the Los Angeles Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He is an associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a former director of education at the non-denominational Brandeis-Bardin Institute. He is also a Senior Associate with CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Book Council. He has been on the Newsweek list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America since 1997.

Telushkin is the author of 16 books on Judaism and wrote the introduction to the JDC Passover Hagaddah. In 2014, he released “Rebbe: The life and teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the most influential Rabbi in Modern History,” which appeared on all the major bestseller lists including New York Times best Seller list, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly.

Naomi Telushkin is pursuing a PhD. in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales, where she was awarded a Commonwealth Australian Government Research Scholarship. She recieved a MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and has taught creative writing at the University of Canberra, National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, and the American University of Rome.

She was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Singapore for a creative writing project, and her writing has also received grants and fellowships from both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. She served as a JDC Global Service Corps Fellow, spending her fellowship year in St. Petersburg, Russia and Kyiv, Ukraine.


Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in the New York Times and featured on the Today Show.  Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish was adapted for the Off-Broadway Stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin.   A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine,The Daily Beast, the Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, The 92Y, The Skirball Center, and The Shalom Hartman Institute.  She currently serves as President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan



Photo Credit : Annie Sandler

Thanks to the Jewish Book Council Sam Rohr Prize.