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 Virtual Shaliach, Shay Rubinstein! 

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    Jan 19, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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    Feb 23, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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    Mar 16, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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    Apr 20, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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    May 18, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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This program is made possible thanks to a sponsorship by Window Nation and the financial support of community members like you who contribute to the Jewish Federation of Howard County Annual Camaign.

Past Israel Cafe Recordings

How Do We Talk About Israel?

Jun 1, 2021

Talking about Israel is complicated! How can we distinguish between legitimate criticism and language that delegitimizes Israel? Learn some practical tools and resources to use while discussing Israeli politics and daily events. Join virtual shaliach Shay Rubinstein on Tuesday, June 1.

Update on the Violence in Israel

May 25, 2021

Join the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Virtual Shaliach, Shay Rubinstein, live from Israel. Shay will discuss his personal experience as well as give an informative and insightful report about what is happening on the ground, in real time.

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein: The Story of Secular Jews

May 4, 2021

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein joins us to introduce his new book: "The Story of Secular Jews". The book examines the impact of the Holocaust and birth of Israel on Jewish identity in the largest Jewish communities in the world: Israel and the US, as well as communities that have contracted dramatically—in the former Soviet Union and across the Arab world. Rubinstein hopes to articulate a new model of Judaism: strong, pluralistic, and liberated from the diasporic tradition.

The 2021 Israeli Elections

Apr 6, 2021

<p class="font_8">Israel is voting (...again). Who won, exactly? Who has the best chance to form a coalition? Who might be included? Join Shay Rubinstein to learn about and discuss the results of the election.</p>

COVID Vaccination w/ Dr. Brosh from Assuta Ashdod Hospital

Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Tal Brosh, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Assuta Ashdod Hospital and a member of the Israeli National epidemic management team, presents the case to vaccinate. Learn how Israel is leading the world in vaccinating its population.

Israel Cafe Live from Israel

Nov 3, 2020

Join Shay as he continues to connect the Howard County community to Israel.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Israel

Feb 2, 2021

What makes Israel the world's leading country in COVID vaccinations? Join Shay Rubinstein to learn about Israel's unique health care system and how it has managed to distribute the vaccine so quickly.

Virtual Tour of Neve Tzedek

Oct 7, 2020

Join Shay Rubinstein Shaliach LIVE from Israel for a virtual tour in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Tel Aviv – Neve Tzedek. Feel the local vibe and experience the design stores, fashion boutiques, and cool culinary delights.

COVID-19, Politics, & Annexation

Jul 17, 2020

Shay Rubinstein discusses current events in Israel, including the COVID-19 situation. Access the recording with this password: 9n+@5&amp;aK

Virtual Tour of Tel Aviv with Shay

Jul 1, 2020

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

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

Jun 17, 2020

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 During COVID-19

Jun 3, 2020

Join Shay and Israelis live from Israel for a discussion about living in Israel during COVID-19. Access the recording with this password: 7o.k7.Ot