Our Jewish Brain Quizzes are intellectual team games that includes multi-format quiz-style questions, logic tasks and much more. They are an opportunity to show off our knowledge of Jewish culture and history, have a great time with like-minded people, and learn a lot. This month we held two sets of the games, including a festive Purim edition!
Three groups, three tour guides, three visions of the night Haifa. We organized a city tour for our participants from Tel Aviv, Bat Yam and Haifa with excellent tour guides Evgeny Shmuter, Valentina Litinetskaya, and Sergey Polyachok who walked us through the night city.
I have been living in Haifa for a long time, but didn't know many facts! Thanks to Sergey and Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli for such an exciting city walk full of new information! It's such a pleasure to have an offline meeting after an extended lockdown!
Many thanks to Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli and our guide Valentina Litinetskaya. I have never been to all these secluded corners of Haifa and have never heard these fantastic stories! Now I wish to come back to Haifa and walk this track in daylight.
We visited the sculpture park, saw Rutenberg's house, strolled down Yafe Nof street, took pictures against the stunning bright skyline of Haifa, heard stories about the German Quarter and saw Wadi Nisnas's “Museum without Walls.” The walk around Haifa before bed turned out to be informative and wonderful. Thank you Evgeny Shmuter and Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli!
Together with our good friend and tour guide Pavel Bernstein, we organized two lectures about the Palestinian national movement.
We spoke about the formation of several Palestinian organizations in the 1960’s and their active anti-Israeli agenda.
We discussed what their goals were, then and now, and why in the 1970’s, they had to start to pursue a more moderate policy.
It was valuable to talk about the history of the Arabs in Israel and their modern relationship with the Jews.
During this master class, Elizabeth shared how to draw quick sketches of Israeli nature without taking our hands off the page and showed other drawing techniques. We learned that we can sketch with no significant effort.
Thanks to the ladies for the master class. I realized that we can draw for fun without much skill! A great experience!
We enjoyed a virtual trip to one of the oldest cities in our land, Acre, with Valentina Litinetskaya - art critic, historian, and tour guide. Acre was founded more than 4000 years ago by the people of the sea who came to the land of Canaan and brought their unique culture, expensive glassware, and the secret of the purple dye. There lived the Shardenias - the nation of warriors who were so strong and fearless that Egyptians decided to make them their soldiers instead of killing them and the Phoenicians who collaborated with the kingdom of Israel. Later on, Acre became the Roman port where merchants from Pisa landed to help Crusader Boldowin the 2nd capture the city. We will learn about who came after the crusaders' era in the second part of the series.
Such a fantastic lecturer and unique story – I am inspired to visit Akko with Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli! Thank you so much for giving such exciting lectures even during the lockdown!
This was an intense and exciting lecture about the Purim holiday and Megillat Esther. We analyzed the structure and learned interpretations of hidden events in the scroll. The Scroll of Esther is the only book of the Tanakh written using the same format of the Torah, with plain and hidden meanings. For instance the small size letters in Haman's ten sons' names add up to 5707 (1946-47), the years of the Nuremberg trials during which 11 Nazi criminals were sentenced to execution(one killed himself first leaving ten). This is reminiscent of the story from the scroll of Esther, and the Nazis behaved as descendants of Amalek. Thank you David for this lecture!
Every Monday, two groups of 10 people meet for a conversational Hebrew Ulpan. We talk about current topics, and we analyze the rules and words during the class.
I love our meetings, always fun and helpful. If all my university lessons were like this, I would be a prize student!
February 21th, 2021 – Tel Aviv and Central Region
Streets And Signs of Tel Aviv
With our guides Zeev and Asya, we started near The Opera House on Allenby and discussed how Tel Aviv commemorates its citizens and why these people were chosen. We learned about Usishkin and his Zionist projects, about Max Brod & Kafka, and about Rudi the Photographer who collected Israel’s largest photographic archive, including photos from the Declaration of Independence. We talked about how different people chose to advance the great idea of Zionism and create a country for all Jews. Our walk also took us to Kadishman and Amos Kenan's homes, where we talked about Post-Zionism and its aftermath. We finished our tour at Arik Einstein's grave and listened to the song "I miss you, dad" that speaks about the past and the importance of believing in ideal of Israel, our country.
This tour was so different than what I expected and so good. All the songs and stories - I felt like it was a very long conversation about many essential things. We should do such tours more often.
February 2nd, 2021 – Online
A gang of artists or how Odessa residents created Israeli children's literature.
Gera Grudev ,a Jewish educator specializing in art and literature, began his talk with a story about the first publishing house in Tsarist Russia, which produced illustrated children's books. It is not surprising that a Jewish entrepreneur, Josef Knebel, founded this publishing house,in Jewish Odessa.
According to Bialik, the first "Bible" for a Jewish child was an accessible storybook accompanied by pictures of great artists. It was sold only in Russian editions, although Hebrew-Yiddish version was planned.. From this, we can conclude that it was explicitly created for assimilated Jewish families.
The next part of the story begins with Shoshana Persitz, who made a series of children's books in Hebrew "Sifriyat Gamliel," in memory of her son Gamliel who died as a child. Shoshana started to work with four young Jewish artists from Belarus, and opened her own publishing house.
She later moved to Israel and open the publishing house "Omanut" in Tel Aviv.
This was a great story that I never heard before. So much information and such beautiful illustrations. It was like a window to another time.
We were so joyful to celebrate the marriage of Lena (Sevastopol) with David (Rome)! May they enjoy good health and tremendous happiness together ad 120, and may we continue to witness the ingathering of Jews and creation of new Israeli families from throughout the world.