Social innovators offer firsthand accounts of life in an unknown and unshown Israel—their personal ISRAELITYs.


Join us for this series of open dialogues that will help you rethink and redefine reality in Israel.

Adriana Kemp
Sociology Professor and Board Member for the Association for Civil Rights

Thu Oct 8 @ 7:30 PM

Co-Chairs: Nina Paul and Marcie Bachrach


In Israel, as in the U.S., immigration is a complex, emotionally charged issue. While some groups of citizens call for the removal of African refugees from Tel Aviv, others have pressured the government to grant legal status to hundreds of children of migrant workers. Meanwhile, the influx of non-Jewish immigrants only continues to feed debate over Israel’s Jewish and democratic character.


Dr. Adriana Kemp will examine the politics and history at the source of this increased immigration, and discuss its challenges—particularly the effects on life in Israel that escape the daily headlines.


Dr. Adriana Kemp is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include migrant workers and citizenship, nongovernmental organizations, welfare and gender, and political and public attitudes about illegal immigration. Dr. Kemp co-chaired the Association for Civil Rights, the largest human rights organization in Israel.

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Adi Altschuler
Social Entrepreneur and Israel Manager at Google for Education
Wed Mar 25 @ 7PM
Co-Chairs: Ariella Cohen and Dr. Ingrid Epstein


Before others identify a problem, Adi Altschuler has launched a solution. That's not uncommon in Israel—the “start-up nation”—but unlike most entrepreneurs, Adi isn't building a company or a fortune; she's building a better world. At 16, she eased social isolation for children with disabilities. Now she works for Google, transforming Israel's education system.


Adi will talk about her experience as a social entrepreneur and give advice for creating change in our own community.


As Google for Education's Israel Manager, 28-year-old Adi Altschuler has trained over 35,000 teachers to use technology in their classrooms. In 2002, she founded Krembo Wings, a youth movement to build relationships between children with special needs and their able-bodied peers, and in 2011, she founded Memories@Home, which gives young adults opportunities to meaningfully commemorate the Holocaust. In 2014, Altschuler was named one of Time magazine's six "Next Generation Leaders" and spoke at the U.N. about entrepreneurship in Israel.

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SmadarDekel Naim​
Officiant of Secular Jewish Weddings and Family Lawyer & Mediator
Tue May 12 @ 7 PM
WISE TEMPLE Chair: Robbin Dell


Legal weddings in Israel must be performed through a religious authority, leaving a majority of secular Jews, interfaith, same-sex, and immigrant couples unable to marry as they choose.


By conducting non-religious weddings for Israeli Jews, Smadar Dekel Naim gives them a personally meaningful way to reconnect to their culture and traditions. She will talk about her work promoting religious pluralism and diversity, as well as current efforts to reform Israel’s marriage and divorce laws.


Smadar Dekel Naim recently stepped down as the head of Havaya, Israel’s leading provider of secular Jewish weddings. She is a lawyer and an expert in conflict resolution and contract negotiation, mediating divorces and helping couples create premarital and cohabitation agreements. Smadar blogs at the Israeli women’s website Saloona on issues related to Jewish renewal, pluralism, and family law, such as gender, equality, religion, and politics.

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Noa (Achinoam Nini) and Mira Awad in Concert

Sun Jun 28 @ 6PM


In 2009, Jewish-Israeli Noa and Arab-Israeli Mira Awad represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, singing their original song “There Must Be Another Way” for an audience of millions [watch video]. They co-wrote the duet in Hebrew, Arabic, and English as a call for hope, understanding, and respect for our common humanity.


Join Noa and Mira on Sunday evening for a community-wide public performance with their band, at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.

Noa (Achinoam Nini) and Mira Awad

Noa and Mira in Conversation
Mon Jun 29 @ 7PM


Achinoam Nini (known as Noa) is Israel’s leading international singer-songwriter, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. She was the first Jew to perform at the Vatican, and the only leading Israeli artist to agree to perform at the historic rally where Yitzhak Rabin was murdered. Noa dedicates much of her time to promoting peace and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.


Mira Awad is an Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, and actress. She has performed with internationally known musicians such as opera star Andrea Bocelli and king of improvisation Bobby McFerrin, and has appeared in many films and TV shows, including the Israeli version of Dancing with the Stars. From an early age, Mira has been an outspoken activist for women’s rights, environmental awareness, and equal citizenship for Palestinians living in Israel.

In partnership with:

Adath Israel Congregation
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Beth Israel Congregation
Cincinnati Hillel
Congregation Beth Adam
Hadassah Cincinnati Chapter
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Issac M. Wise Temple
Jewish National Fund (JNF)
Northern Hills Synagogue
Rockdale Temple
Rockwern Academy
Temple Sholom
The Valley Temple
University of Cincinnati Judaic Studies Department