Israelity in Fiction: Contemporary Israel in the work of Eshkol Nevo


October 30, 2017 | 7 p.m. | Mayerson JCC


Provocative and timely, critically-acclaimed Israeli author Eshkol Nevo uses fiction to navigate the complexities of Israel’s social and political landscape. Politics runs in the family, as he is the grandson of former Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. [Nevo owns and manages the largest private creative writing school in Israel and mentors many upcoming young Israeli writers.] Community members are encouraged to read his latest work, Three Floors Up, which examines the interconnected lives of its characters, whose turmoil, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis. Join him for a discussion of the novel and how his works reflect contemporary Israel. Available in English and Hebrew. Advance reading is not required.


Re-Art Exhibition


Exhibition Opening

November 16, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Cincinnati Skirball Museum


The many faces of Israel are imagined—and reimagined—in this unique, one-of-a-kind Re-Art Exhibition. Ten artists from Netanya and Cincinnati have taken each other’s works of art, each of which reflects the artist’s personal understanding of and connection to Israel; then by re-envisioning or augmenting each piece, the artists have explored their own relationships with Israel as it relates to another’s piece. Together their 70 joint pieces represent the “70 Faces” of Israel. The multi-dimensional results speak profoundly not just about the collaboration between artists living on two different continents but the relationship between two interconnected groups of people. Light refreshments will be served.


On Display: November 16 - January 7


Re-Art—Peeling Back the Layers: Artists Discuss Israel, Art, and Re-Arting

December 3, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Cincinnati Skirball Museum


Join the artists behind the Re-Art Exhibition for a discussion across two cultures about Israel, art, and the process of re-arting. The ten artists from Cincinnati and Netanya who created and re-created the 70 works of art in this unique exhibit will peel back the layers of their work, exposing their personal 70 Faces of Israel. From inspiration to collaboration, all ten artists have a story to tell about their interaction with each other’s work and their connection to Israel. 


The exhibition is a Partnership2Gether (P2G) program of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in partnership with the Cincinnati Skirball Museum in celebration of Israel at 70. 

The Many Faces of Israel, © Debbie Brod, 2017

We Declare: Exploring Israel's Declaration of Independence From Reality to Vision—in collaboration with HUC


February 25, 2018 | 2:00-5:30 p.m. | Mayerson JCC


Join us for a journey exploring the realities of Israel and our vision for its future. Israel’s Declaration of Independence is the runway for this discussion about the vision Israel’s founding fathers and mothers had when they put pen to paper in 1948 and how it is lived and breathed today.


By diving deep into the text, through workshops led by Rabbis, educators, and Hebrew Union College scholars, we will examine our culture and our past, as well as our vision for the future of the State of Israel.


 The event will culminate in a festive reading of the Declaration of Independence.  


Presented in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in celebration of Israel at 70.