Join the virtual Israel Café program live from Israel each month, from September 2020 thru June 2021. Keep checking back here for updated information.

Learn about the latest news in Israel and the Middle East, and tour the country itself, visiting popular towns and sites with Howard County’s former shaliach, Shay Rubinstein! 


Upcoming Live Israel Cafe Sessions on Zoom



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Recorded Israel Cafe Sessions from Past Programs

  • Israel Cafe w/ Shay: Current Events in the Middle East (Coming Soon)

    Recorded Wednesday, July 22, 11:30 AM

    Shay discusses current events in the Middle East, including the state of Iran and demonstrations in Israel against the government due to corruption and economic depression.

  • Israel Cafe: Virtual Tour of Tel Aviv with Shay

    Recorded Wednesday, July 1, 11:30 AM

    Shay Rubinstein, Israeli Shaliach, gives a virtual tour of his hometown, Tel Aviv, live from Israel. Access the recording with this password: 5D$*3k!a

  • Israel Cafe with Dan Raviv: Israel’s Spies: Best in the Business?

    Recorded June 17, 6:30 PM

    Dan Raviv, longtime correspondent for CBS News and then i24News, has written books chronicling the history of Israel’s espionage agencies. He will spotlight the startling achievements of the Mossad and other Israeli spies, including Eli Cohen and agents planted inside Syria and Egypt. Dan will also mention some failures because even the most talented spies are not perfect. And he will consider the question: Has all this done any good to ensure the survival of Is...

  • Israel Cafe: Peace to Prosperity Plan with Robert Danin

    Recorded on Wednesday May 20 at 11:30 AM

    Robert Danin, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, talks about President Trump's proposed Peace Plan. Danin has worked on Israeli-Palestinian issues from numerous vantage points, including at the White House and State Department, as a negotiator and diplomat on the ground, and as a scholar and analyst. Access the recording with this password: 2M%!842T

  • Israel Cafe with Idan Sharon

    Recorded on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:30 AM

    Idan Sharon, shaliach at Adat Shalom Congregation in Montgomery County, discusses the LGBT community in Israel. Access the recording with this password: 0Z?%*8JB

  • Israel Cafe with Shay Rubinstein

    Recorded on Wednesday, May 6 at 11:30 AM

    Is the political crisis in Israel over? Deconstruct the latest political situation in Israel with Shay Rubinstein, Israeli shaliach, and learn about the Netanyahu-Gantz unity government. Access the recording with this password: 0C!R0#9^

  • Israel Cafe with Ambassador Yoram Ettinger

    Recorded on Wednesday, April 29 at 11:30 AM

    A special Israel Cafe session with Ambassador Yoram Ettinger. Now retired, Ambassador Ettinger has served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington, as Israel's Consul General to the Southwestern States, and as the Director of Israel's Government Press Office. Ettinger addresses the topic of US–Israel relations and highlights what Israel has done for America. Access the recording with this password: 4b.A4z^=

  • Israel Cafe with Lt. Colonel Eyal Dror

    Recorded on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:30 AM

    A special Israel Cafe with LTC Eyal Dror, founder of the IDF's "Good Neighbor" Unit, which provides humanitarian aid to innocent Syrians during the ongoing Syrian Civil War. LTC Dror will share reflections from his 25-year IDF career and recount his interactions with Syrians as they bond through hopeful moments together. Access the recording with password: 3F#1=&4#

  • Israel Cafe: Israeli Politics With Shay Rubinstein

    Recorded on Monday, April 13 at 11:30 AM

    What's going on with Israeli politics? Shay Rubinstein, Israeli shalich, updates you on the political situation in Israel, including whether Israel will finally be able form a government. Access the recording with this password: U4^W93%!

For more information about Israel Cafe, contact Shay Rubinstein.