Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Inside

Apr 23, 2023 3:00PM—4:30PM


JCA Cohen Hall 1342 Congress St Portland, ME 04102

Cost Free

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Join us as we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with a screening of the film Israel Inside, followed by a discussion of the film led by Rabbi Andy Bachman. Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. Free and open to all.

Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference: Despite daily challenges ranging from limited resources to security needs, Israeli creativity and inventiveness help make the world a better place. Israel has made significant advancements in the fields of science, environment, medicine and technology, and has shared these developments with the rest of the world. This 55-minute film is hosted by Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who gave up the unique distinction of being Harvard University’s most popular lecturer to return to his native country, Israel. In the film, Ben Shahar explores the core character strengths (called actualizers) that enable Israelis to succeed against incredible odds. Through Tal’s eyes we explore the deep-seated values such as education, family, and responsibility for the world (a Jewish concept known as “tikkun olam”), which directly contribute to Israel’s accomplishments in the economic, technological and humanitarian spheres. And while none of these actualizers are in and of themselves unique to Israel, in combination they are bringing about unparalleled progress and achievement.

Israel Inside features interviews with leading entrepreneurs, academics, and politicians including Jerusalem Mayor Nir BarkatRabbi Lord Jonathan SacksSir Martin GilbertProf. Alan DershowitzProf. Jacob FrankelTamar Jehuda-Cohen, and Shai Agassi.

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