Summer Camp & Teen Experiences with the IAUJC

Fantastic opportunity from the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community (IAUJC) to learn about summer camp & teen experiences!

You, your children aged 6-16, and family are invited to discover opportunities for Jewish summer camp and teen programs. Representatives of more than a dozen sleepaway camps will be on hand to answer questions. Current campers will share stories about their experiences and information will be available about camp scholarships. There will be activities, fun, and refreshments for everyone.

Jewish Summer Camp Fair
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Anytime between 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public
CSMA—Community School of Music and Art—3rd floor
330 E. State St.,  Ithaca, NY 14850

Summer Camp IAUJC


Play Reading IAUJC

The recent  visit and play reading from the Israeli Stage organized by the IAUJC was a wonderful and inspiring occasion.

The performance was beautifully introduced and put in context by the IAUJC co-chairs, Dr Marcia Zax and Dr Chana Silberstein.

IAUJC directors

IAUJC co-chairs Dr Marcia Zax and Dr Chana Silberstein

In the introduction, Mrs Silberstein mentioned a quote from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk who told an atheist  “The deity you don’t believe in I don’t believe in either!”. Excellent quote and definitely one to file away for future use. She promised that the play would make the audience both laugh and cry and the performance certainly did not disappoint.

The play was superbly brought to life with the tremendous skill of the actors Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman. It spoke very powerfully and broadly to a diverse audience and was very universal in its reach and scope.


The director, Guy Ben-Aharon, answers audience questions after the show

People throughout the Ithaca community came together for this event with packed audiences at 2 terrific venues.

Cornell students

The director met with a group of students studying Hebrew language and literature

This tour is the first US staging of this Israeli play and is a great introduction to contemporary Israeli theatre. I highly recommend this event and really appreciate the accessibility of theatre afforded by a staged reading that allows one to focus on the language, the voices and the acting.

Kol HaKavod to the IAUJC for all their hard work bringing Israeli Stage to Ithaca and putting together such a terrific event.


Reminder: “Oh God” play reading this Sunday and Monday

Ithaca Area United Jewish Community invites you to a reading of Anat Gov’s “Oh God.” The January 26th performance will be at Ithaca College in the Emerson Suites (Phillips Hall: and the January 27th performance at Cornell University’s Risley Theatre (

The play is free and open to the public, but we hope you will be moved to donate $10 or more to the Lunch and Learn program that benefits at risk Israeli school children by giving them a hot meal and tutoring.

Please note that Risley Theatre is a small venue, with seating for about 50–please arrive early to be assured a seat.

Oh God

IAUJC event Sunday April 21st 2013 Celebrating Innovation: Cornell and Technion in New York

Technion Event 2013 Invitation

The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community will be hosting a celebration of an Israeli institution that has helped to mold Israel into an exceptionally innovative and technologically creative country. The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) is now partnering with Cornell in an exciting venture in New York City. Please join us on Sunday, April 21st from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Biotechnology building, room G10, on the Cornell campus for: Celebrating Innovation: Cornell and Technion in New York. The event is free and open to the public. It is being co-sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company, Temple Beth-El and TAMID, a student interest group at Cornell Hillel.


Cornell’s Provost Kent Fuchs will serve as moderator of the program and our speakers will include: Technion Professor Craig Gotsman, founding Director of the Technion/Cornell Innovation Institute; Cornell Professor Michal Lipson, recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius award”) and a graduate of Technion; and Technion Professor Yoram Baram who will describe his amazing innovation—the Audio-Visual Walker for Movement Disorders.  There will be opportunity for Q&A and refreshments will be served.


The partnership between Technion and Cornell was forged in late 2011 and it won NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s competition for establishing a high-tech center of education and entrepreneurship in the city. According to Technion president Dr. Peretz Lavie, at the announcement of the partnership, “What we bring to the table is our experience in educating generations of engineers who are also entrepreneurs and have changed the Israeli economy.”


Israel now has more start-up companies than all of Europe combined, earning it the title “Start-up Nation”.  Dr Lavie describes the Technion as “… a city of advanced research and learning. As Israel’s largest and leading scientific-technological university and one of the leading centers of research in the world, it is a powerhouse of opportunities for shaping a future….Technion graduates are the backbone and the driving force behind Israel’s flourishing high-tech industry.”


Since the initial announcement of the partnership, much has been accomplished in New York City. The program is currently being housed by Google, in a large facility in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. In the next few years, the Cornell NY Tech campus will be built on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island.

At the IAUJC event on April 21st, we will learn how the partnership came about, what has been accomplished thus far and its goals for the future. For further information call 257-9924. Come to the IAUJC event on April 21st, and learn how the partnership came about, what has been accomplished thus far and its goals for the future.

Purim Carnival & PJ Library Party

Sunday was a very busy day for our family. It started at 9 am, with the TBE Nitzanim class (Hebrew school for the preschool set). If you’ve never watched a dozen 3-5 year olds enthralled by their own re-enactment of the Purim story, you’ve missed out. Their teacher, Nancy, working from her handmade scroll, helped them with the story. An hour flew by, and the kids really learned the story by acting it out.

Afterwards, we listened to the magillah reading for a second time (we’d been at Saturday night services, too). My four year old made it alllllmost all the way through this time.

Then there was the TBE Purim carnival, complete with games like fishing for a “rotten egg” in a bucket of shaving cream and kids could win a prize for answering three questions about Purim correctly. I’m happy to say my daughter won a prize. See, I told you that they learned the story!

Making groggers

Making groggers

Then it was off to lunch, and on to our next adventure: If you don’t know about PJ Library, and you have a child 7 or under (or 8, in some places), it’s definitely worth learning about. PJ Library sends free (yes, free!) Jewish-themed books and music to kids. You sign up, they send you books. In Ithaca, the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community is the sponsor, sharing in the costs to keep it free for local families.

Making crowns

Making crowns

After the TBE party, we went to the Tompkins County Public Library, along with about 70 other people, for the PJ Library party. “Admission” was canned goods, to be donated to a local food bank. There were crafts for the kids, like making groggers, making crowns, and Purim baskets, along with live music and a magician. It was fantastic. And exhausting!