4 2024

Echoes of Resilience: Hebrew's Enduring Melody & Unbreakable Jewish Spirit

7:00PM - 8:30PM  

Alpert Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Willow Street, One Sommer Way
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus
Long Beach, CA

Monday | March 4 | 7 PM | In-person | Free

Yoel and Orly Ganor, founders of Ulpan-Or in Israel, will be visiting the US and sharing their experience in Israel since October 7th. They have four children currently serving in the military. They will underscore the deep connection between Hebrew learning, the reinforcement of Jewish identity, and the bond with the State of Israel, especially in standing against the rising tides of antisemitism globally. Furthermore, they seek to use this opportunity to disseminate information and advocacy regarding the current situation in Israel, addressing security issues and ongoing challenges in the region.


Discussion topics:
• Sharing Orly’s niece’s story on the first day of Hamas attack Oct.7th. She was trying to help a wounded soldier, and was shot by another soldier from a close range. It was a Hamas terrorist disguised as an Israeli soldier.
• Focusing on shared experiences: Discuss the broader challenges faced by many Israelis during the current conflict, economic hardships, and social divisions.
• Impact on families: Share personal experience mentioning 4 mobilized children. Sharing stories about the emotional toll these challenges take on families, showcasing the resilience and strength of the Israeli people.
• Mobilization and unity: Acknowledging the sacrifices made by those serving in the military and their families. Focusing on the unifying spirit of Israelis during difficult times. Share experiences of ~150,000 people who were forced to leave their homes in the south and north.
• Diaspora and Israel: Emphasize the vital role of Jewish communities around the world in supporting Israel, both historically and in the present day. Highlight examples of collaboration and solidarity.
• Power of Hebrew: Discussion of the historical and cultural significance of Hebrew as a unifying force for the Jewish people throughout the diaspora. Sharing of personal stories that illustrate this connection. (Citing sources and using specific examples)
• Strength in unity: Emphasizing the importance of global Jewish unity in the face of challenges. Encouraging collaboration, empathy, and shared responsibility for the future of the Jewish people. Supporting Israel: Highlight constructive ways for diaspora Jews to engage with and support Israel, such as educational programs, cultural exchange, and learning Hebrew as the most common denominator for Jewish unity and advocacy efforts.