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  • Exclusive Briefing With Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus

    In partnership with Friends of the IDF, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former IDF spokesperson, will join Rabbi Zuckerman for an exclusive briefing. He recently retired as an IDF Lieutenant Colonel, after serving in the IDF for 24 ...

  • Remarks from Families of Hostages

    Family members of Oded Lifshitz, Yocheved Lifshitz (released), Eli Sharabi, and Yossi Sharabi z"l shared remarks with the community during Kabbalat Shabbat services.

  • Israel Trip Reflections

    Rabbi Zuckerman and PAS members Alyssa First and Stacey Maman shared reflections on their recent PAS trip to Israel.

  • Remarks from Orit Meir and Galia David, Mothers of Hostages (Jan. 7, 2024)

    Orit Meir and Galia David, whose sons were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, addressed PAS at Kabbalat Shabbat.
    Meir is the mother of Almog Meir-Jan, a 21-year-old civilian. David is the mother of Evvatar David, a 23-year-old civilian.
    The abductees were filmed by Hamas, bound and in captivity ins...

  • Beyond The Headlines: A Closer Look At Israel At War

    After the horrors of October 7 and the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, the situation has continued to develop and grow in complexity. Go beyond the headlines with Dr. Michael Koplow, Chief Policy Officer at Israel Policy Forum, and take a deeper look at the situation in Israel, includin...

  • American Jewry and the War in Israel: What Do We Do Now?

    Rabbi Cosgrove, Bret Stephens, Editor-in-Chief of SAPIR, and Rachel Fish, co-founder of the nonprofit Boundless, discuss the geopolitical impact, the American Jewish communal implications, and our collective responsibilities during this crisis and beyond.

  • Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Israel’s Special Envoy For Combating Antisemitism

    During Kabbalat Shabbat, special guest Michal Cotler-Wunsh, LL.B, LL.M, shared remarks from the bimah about the sharp rise in antisemitism around the world since Hamas’ attack on Israel.

    “You are each boots on the ground . . . We have to combat antisemitism together.”

  • Raz Betser: Insights From Israel

    Our Shlichim (Israeli Emissaries) spoke of her family's harrowing experience on Saturday, October 7 surviving the terrorist attack on Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

  • Gili Roman, Brother of Israeli Hostage Yarden Roman (November 3, 2023)

    Gili Roman, brother of Israeli hostage Yarden Roman, shared his sister’s story with the PAS community.

  • Remarks from Cardinal Dolan

    In his remarks during Kabbalat Shabbat, Cardinal Timothy Dolan recognizes the olive branches from neighbors and friends, including the Catholic Church, that the Jewish community needs at this time.

  • Antisemitism and College Campuses

    We hosted a conversation with Rabbi Fein, the Senior Director of Engagement at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. We invited our college students and their families to join us for this conversation about antisemitism on college campuses. This evening provided our students an opportunity to embrace their J...

  • Israel at War and the Ensuing Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism it Has Unleashed

    Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, confronts America's moral dilemma when it comes to calling out antisemitism and the attacks committed against Israel, but lets us know that, amidst the darkness, the dawn is coming.

  • Remarks from Yair Golan (December 8, 2023)

    During Kabbalat Shabbat, Yair Golan, Israeli politician and senior military officer, shared remarks.

  • Clergy Reflection: Mission to Israel During Wartime

    Upon their return from recent clergy missions to Israel, Cantor Schwartz and Rabbi Zuckerman share reflections on their experiences of being there during this crisis and key takeaways from their journeys.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Kahane Lives (December 17, 2022)

    How will we react to the seismic rightward shift in the Israeli government following last month’s election? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that while our love and support of Israel must not waver, we must openly discuss our concerns for sake of the future unity of the Jewish people.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Invisible String (January 21, 2023)

    How do we support Israel when we object to the actions of its government? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that our support is, if anything, more essential now than ever. We must uphold and assist ventures that work toward establishing an Israel that reflects our values.

  • Today’s Israel: Challenging the Duality of a Jewish and Democratic State

    MK Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the first reform rabbi in the Knesset and No. 3 in the Israeli Labor Party, joined us Shabbat services to discuss the current State of Israel amid its recent power shift. Over the past few months, MK Rabbi Kariv has proved to be one of the leading voices in the defense of Is...

  • Clergy Dialogue: Israel in Crisis

    Rabbis Cosgrove and Zuckerman reflect on their UJA mission to Israel with other rabbis from New York, where they will meet governmental and non-governmental leaders and a wide range of Israelis living and working within the changing political landscape. The rabbis discuss their experience on the ...

  • We Declare! Israeli Democracy: Past, Present, and Future

    With the current political crisis unfolding in Israel, there is no more timely an occasion to come together to discuss and debate the State of Israel’s founding document, its Declaration of Independence. Led by educators from BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change, we’ll examine this documen...

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Reflections on Israel (March 25, 2023)

    Rabbi Zuckerman reflects on his trip to Israel.

  • Understanding the Latest: Briefing on the Situation in Israel

    The political crisis in Israel has continued to deepen, with hundreds of thousands of Israelis responding to the current government policies through mass protests in the streets, workers’ strikes across many industries, and voices from around the world speaking up in defense of Israeli democracy....

  • Responding to Israel's New Reality

    With a new Israeli government in place that centers Ultra-Orthodox and -nationalist coalition partners, how can Israelis and diaspora Jews outside of Israel respond constructively to this government’s problematic policies and its potential threat to democracy? How can more liberal Zionists, lever...

  • Reverberations & Repercussions Understanding This Unprecedented Moment in Israel

    Amid mass protests, escalating social unrest, and widespread opposition, the Knesset passed on Monday the first major bill of the government’s judicial overhaul, which will limit the power of the courts in reviewing government decisions and appointments. Unpack the significance of this law’s pass...

  • From Memorial to Celebration: Israel's 75th Birthday

    As night falls and Israel’s Memorial Day ends, mark the momentous occasion of transition to Israel’s 75th Independence Day. We will celebrate with music, remarks, and moments of blessing to mark this most auspicious birthday.

    Join in person live from the PAS Sanctuary following our dialogue wit...