Welcome to West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist congregation on New York's Upper West Side dedicated to building an intellectually challenging, spiritually vibrant, diverse, and mutually supportive Jewish community.
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Ajami is an area of Jaffa where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians try to live together in an atmosphere that is - to say the least - electric. The New York Times says of "Ajami:" “Co-written and directed by two novices, a Jew and an Arab; the actors were not professionals, they had no scripted dialogue, and the budget came in at under $1 million. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the movie, however, is what it does to viewers. In a conflict where each side lives and breathes its own victimhood, feeling the hurt of the other is a challenge. “Ajami” meets it.”
The final film in the series, "Fill the Void" (2012) will be shown on Thursday night, May 29, at 7 pm.
Israeli storyteller Noa Baum weaves together the memories and stories of Palestinian and Israeli women, creating a moving testimony and illustrating the complex history and emotions that surround Jerusalem. Baum tells the true stories of four women:
- 1 -- A Palestinian living under Israeli occupation as a child and as a university student
- 2 -- An Israeli child’s experience of the 1967 war
- 3 -- A young Palestinian mother’s memory of the 1967 war
- 4 -- A young Israeli woman’s experience of the 1948 war and the loss of her brother
- Children ages 12 and up welcome. Co-presented by West End Synagogue and Mechon Hadar. This event is free -- to register, click HERE.
Jewish Family Life and Learning replaces the Hebrew School model with a dynamic new paradigm integrating children's classroom learning with creative, family-based celebration of Shabbat and the cycle of Jewish holidays, and intergenerational Tikkun Olam (social action) activities. Our Tot Shabbat is a warm, welcoming special Shabbat morning program each week for younger children and their parents. Dor Hadash ("New Generation") is our program of dynamic weekly teen learning activities led by our Rabbi, Hazzan, Educational Director and lay leaders.
From tots to teens, we seek to instill in our children and parents a love of Judaism and Jewish culture through our philosophy of creative, whole family, hands-on learning. Our goal is to create a dynamic, inclusive community of families, all on a journey of Jewish discovery.