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Adult Education #Israel Offerings at Congregation Netivot Shalom! 
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Hebrew conversation group 

Here's a great opportunity to hone conversational skills for those who have some basic Hebrew conversational experience.

We will be meeting in the Shul library twice monthly on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 12-1:30 PM starting October 14. In 2013, sessions will be on the first and third Sundays.  Sessions are FREE.

Please let us know if you will attend the 10/28 session or want more information by contacting 

Israeli Authors Book Group

Literature is one of Israel's most interesting and successful  "exports."  Join us in reading a variety of Israeli authors -- the discussion is lively in the CNS library on the second Tuesday of every other month, 7:30 - 9:00.

Upcoming dates and books:  

Tuesday, November 13 
Amos Oz,  A Tale of Love and Darkness.  Memoir by a "classic" Israeli author.  

Tuesday,  January 8 
Sayed Kashua, Second Person Singular.  Latest novel by the creator of the Israeli TV series Arab Labor . 

To get on the book group mailing list, contact us at 

Sunday morning Israeli speaker series!

This exciting monthly series is modeled after CNS's Sunday morning programs.  We have solicited Israeli speakers to talk briefly about their life  and studies in Israel and give an informal lecture in their area of expertise.   We are fortunate to have lectures covering a variety of fields:  law,  social and environmental issues, literature, and performing arts.  

The series will meet Sundays 10:15 - 11:45 starting on October 14, meeting the second Sunday of the month in 2012 and the first Sunday of the month in 2013. 

Upcoming talks:

November 11. Judicial review in Israel. Professor Barak Medina, Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Israeli Law, Economy, and Society at UC Berkeley Law School.

December 9. Green settlement? The politics of environmentalism in Israel past and future. Miri Lavi-Neeman, doctoral candidate, environmental politics, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

January 6. Our hope is not yet lost: how performance art illuminates Israeli conflicts Stav Palti-Negev, M.A., Performance Studies, New York University

February 3.  A tale of a forest - the Yatir afforestation in the Negev desert - and how  the anthroposphere controls its existence and resilience to climate change. Naama Raz-Yaseef, postdoctoral scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley.
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