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Netanya AACI


Religion & State in Israel: Where Are We Heading?  Rabbi Dov Lipman
8.00pm Tuesday 5 January
We welcome Dov Lipman as our guest speaker. He served as a member of the 19th Knesset with the Yesh Atid party. He is an educator, author and community activist in Bet Shemesh, where he lives with his wife and four children. Rabbi Lipman has rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. He has been at the forefront of combating religious extremism in Israel and is a leader in efforts to create Jewish unity both in Israel and around the world.
Members pre-paid NIS 40   Members at Door NIS 50   Non-members NIS 60

Vanished World of Jews of the Levant and their Aliya Literary Lectures with Bonita Posen
10.30am Thursdays 14 & 28 January
Bonita Posen lectures in literature at many venues in Jerusalem and the central area and was previously a prison educator in England before making Aliyah.
Our two lectures concentrate on the Mizrachi authors who came from the area described as the crossroads of Western Asia - the Eastern Mediterranean and North East Africa including Syria, Iraq and Egypt, where Jewish communities had flourished and enjoyed a cosmopolitan vibrancy. With the establishment of a Jewish State, they were perceived as a dangerous enemy of the Arab states in which they had been previously hospitably settled; their ensuing aliya was not an easy escape or a smooth transition. The new State of Israel, striving to establish a modern identity, did not embrace the Levantine and Oriental culture. Mizrahi writers such as Eli Amir, Ronit Matalon and Jacqueline Kahanoff write movingly of the struggle to maintain their Diaspora history and at the same time to gain acceptance and recognition of their identity. Jaqueline Kahanoff insisted that it was important to recognize that these Mizrahim represented an extraordinary blend of cultures that could invigorate and strengthen Israeli society and render it an association of modern people, attached to their own respective pasts but not enslaved by them.
   Mongrels or Marvels and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit:
   10.30am Thursday 14 January
   Jacqueline Kahanoff’s and Lucette Matalon’s memories of their Levantine world in Egypt
   Ronit Matalon and Eli Amir:
   10.30am Thursday 28 January
   An Uneasy Transition from the Levant to the State of Israel.
Members pre-paid series NIS 60 Members Individual lectures pre-booked NIS 35
Members at door 40 Non-members Individual lectures NIS 50

Any Questions?
7.30pm Wednesday 3rd February
Netanya AACI is pleased to invite our members and guests to a special event, based on the popular BBC program in which a selected panel will answer questions posed by the audience.
We invite members to submit interesting, even provocative, questions that will challenge the panel, which will include
Brenda Katten, Yaakov Kirschen, Elkan Levy and Barry Shaw.
Moderator will be our own Hilton Share.
It is not too early to pose your questions.
Please send your questions to info@netanyaaaci.org.il
Members pre-paid NIS 25  Members at Door NIS 35   Non-members NIS 45