Connect with Israel

The Jewish Federation invites the Jewish community to celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday -- a year-long extravaganza! Be a part of it!

Download our FREE GUIDE of all things Israel@70 HERE.

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For Our Little Ones

PJ Library event: Bagels & Blocks Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut 

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  • Babies: Goodnight Israel
  • Toddlers: Ella’s Trip to Israel
  • Preschool: Dinosaur Goes to Israel
  • Kindergarten: Engineer Arielle
  • 1st Grade: Snow in Jerusalem
  • 2nd Grade: A Concert in the Sand
  • Many more ​

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For Lifelong Learners

At Any Age: Take a Deep Dive into Israel Education
— FREE Through December, 2018
The famed Shalom Hartman Institute scholarly adult education comes to the heart of NJ.


Jerusalem U Media Lab for high school and college students, and adults, puts dynamic online curricula and documentary films at your fingertips LEARN MORE

Featured Events

Axelrod Performing Arts Center Celebrates Israel with Film, Music and Food
June 24

  • Film screening of light-hearted documentary, Hummus, followed by hummus food tasting with Israeli music
  • Concert by Moshe Bonene and Hatiklatim 



Axelrod Israeli Film Festival  
July 8-17
Showcasing ground-breaking work of Israeli filmmakers, featuring:

  • An Israeli Love Story, a true story of idealism and romance against the backdrop of the birth of the state 
  • Shelter, about political intrigue and the surprising bond between unlikely friends
  • 1945, award-winning historical drama with an eloquent take on the sentiment, “you can’t go home again.”
  • The Testament, mystery about a Holocaust historian willing to risk everything to discover the truth
  • Ben Gurion Epilogue, featuring a soul-searching and surprising portrait of Israel’s first prime minister

Screenings in Deal, NJ, and other locations to be announced throughout Monmouth and Greater Middlesex. TICKETS

Jacob Reuven and the Be’er Sheva Mandolin Quartet in Concert: Venice to Jerusalem 
Adults $36 | Students $18
 July 31  
Jacob Reuven is a world-renowned mandolinist and director of the Be’er Sheva Conservatory of Music. The  Negev-based center of world-class musical excellence makes its Heart of NJ debut featuring:

  • Vivaldi original concerti written for mandolin
  • Israeli folk songs by Sasha Argov, one of Israel’s best and most prolific songwriters and composers

Monroe, NJ
Co-sponsored with The Chancy Memorial Foundation

Community Journey to Israel
October 14 - 22  
Have it all on this journey to the Four Corners of Israel. From its natural beauty and fascinating history to its high-tech achievements and hotter than hot pop culture with world-class nightlife, art and cuisine, Israel will wow you — whether or not you’ve been before. And doing it all with friends and neighbors from your own community, you’ll form lifelong bonds through an unforgettable experience. 

Teen & Tween Events

Welcome Israeli Shin Shinim  
Arriving in August

Teen goodwill ambassadors will live and lead Israel programs in the heart of NJ for one year. LEARN MORE

Teen Israel Summit
November 18

Teens explore why they care about Israel and how to express it.
Interactive workshops on history, social issues, culture and food. 

Other Ways to Connect to Israel 

From the Grapevine
Bust the myths and find out what life is really like today in Israel MORE


Support Israel
Make a contribution to Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign MORE 

Israel Travel Grants for Teens

The Jewish Federation is truly excited to offer Israel Travel Grants for Teens, making it more affordable for your teen to have an immersive Israel experience this summer! 


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