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Israel at 70: The Faces of Israel

Celebrate 70 years of Israeli independence! Join the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Mayerson JCC as we mark this momentous anniversary and look toward the future with a season-long community celebration including special events, displays, and gatherings. Watch for more details and events throughout the year at

Community-Wide Shofar Blowing in Celebration of Israel at 70

September 10, 1pm

Celebrate Israel at 70 with the sound of the shofar, a ram’s horn used for Jewish religious purposes. Calling all shofar blowers to help kick off the season-long celebration of Israel at 70! We’ll celebrate the beginning of this special season by blowing 70 shofars for 70 seconds, one shofar and one second for each year of Israeli independence. All community agencies and individuals are invited to sign up for this fun celebration.


Belly Laughs: Joel Chasnoff and Einat Admony

September 13, 6:30pm

Celebrate Israel at 70 through comedy and food. Comedian Joel Chasnoff and Chef Einat Admony
join forces for the hilarious show, Belly Laughs. This new comic/chef collaboration began when the two co-wrote Balaboosta, a cookbook featuring 140 of Einat’s recipes infused with Joel’s comedic touches. Comedian and Chicago native Joel Chasnoff, is a former IDF combat soldier and wrote his comedic memoir, The 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his service in the Israeli Army. Returning to Cincinnati by popular demand, Joel has performed on stage and screen in nine countries, including two off-Broadway shows. Chef Einat is a Tel Aviv native, James Beard, finalist and the owner of several highly regarded NYC restaurants. She is a two-time winner of popular cooking competition show Chopped, and beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay on his own show, Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Presented in partnership with Dr. and Mrs. Stephen N. Joffe and The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in celebration of Israel at 70


 Israelity in Fiction: Contemporary Israel in the work of Eshkol Nevo

October 30, 7pm

Celebrate Israel at 70 through literature. Come hear Eshkol Nevo, one of Israel’s most celebrated authors, discuss his most recent novel, Three Floors Up. This best-selling and acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its characters, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis. Reading this novel in advance (Hebrew or English translation available) will enrich the experience, but is not required.

Eshkol Nevo grew up in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Detroit. He is the grandson of Levi Eshkol, the late third prime minister of Israel. He teaches creative writing and thinking at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sapir College and the Open University of Israel.

Presented in partnership with Dr. and Mrs. Stephen N. Joffe and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in celebration of Israel at 70