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Israel Indepence Day Film Festival, May 4-9 

** Ticket sales will remain open for another week and everyone purchasing a ticket will have a full 14 days to watch all the films, starting when you begin watching your first film. For example, if you begin watching at 10 am on May 10, you will have access to the festival until 10 am on May 24.**

Celebrate Israel with a ticket to the Israel Independence Day Film Festival. One ticket provides access to 11 films on six nights! 

Purchase tickets here and use Habonim's promo code BRACHA1 to receive 20 percent off. Congregation Habonim receives funds back for every ticket purchase.

Celebrate Israel Parade - Sunday, May 22
Together Again! !כולנו ביחד 
East 52nd Street between Madison & 5th Avenue

Parade starts at noon; Upper West Side Cluster start time is 1:20 pm. Sign up here to march with other members of the Habonim community. Go here for more information and to watch the livestream.

Torah Fund Stands With Israel Forum - Sunday, May 22, 1 pm

An educational forum on the current dynamics in the Middle East and the role of Israel, including an update by the political advisor to the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine. RSVP to torahfund@jtsa.edu for Zoom link.

Israel Film Center Festival: A Celebration of New Israeli Cinema, June 1-8
Tickets are on sale for films screening both virtually and in person at the Marlene Meyerson JCC. Go here to purchase tickets and for more information. 

Our hearts are with our Jewish communal family in Ukraine and all those in harm's way in the region.
The Joint Distribution Committee is working non-stop to provide food, medicine and diapers. To support the JDC in the Ukraine donate here .
We can also support Masorti Olami, our Conservative Movement international partner, in their emergency campaign  for the Masorti communities in Ukraine and the Schechter Institute , also a Movement Partner, in Israel, and Project Kesher. Here at home, we can support UJA Federation.

Habonim Volunteers Helped Make Community Clean Up Day a Success

Alison Fried writes: Last Sunday more than 40 members of our Habonim community came together to participate in our first OneBlock service project. Volunteers of all ages (from toddlers to grandparents) cleaned up our streets from the 50's to the 70's on the West Side.

A highlight for many was the outpouring of appreciation from our neighbors who walked by and lovingly thanked us. We plan on scheduling another service day in the Spring. In the meantime, you can read more about the wonderful work being done by OneBlock here  and if you are so moved, support their continued success with a donation.

To see more photos, go to the Happenings at Habonim page.

Summer Program in Israel:

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students: TRY (Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim) is offering a six-week summer program in Israel, including four weeks in Jerusalem and the opportunity to earn 3 college credits. Click here for more information.

Scholarships for Jewish Studies and Sacred Music Students

Generous 4-year scholarships are available for Fall 2022 incoming Jewish Studies majors/Jewish sacred music students at Indiana University. Click here for more information. 

Urgent Need for Blood Donation in New York City

For more information about the city's blood supply situation, click here .
Click here to find additional blood drive locations and dates in your neighborhood.  

COVID- 19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

Vaccine eligibility is expanding regularly. Click here for current eligibility information.

To make an appointment go to https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/ or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829- 4692.  

Click here for vaccination site locations

New York City Vaccine Command Center

From Rabbi Gelber:


If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at  rabbigelber@habonim.net

Rabbi Gelber is honored to have her words included in the rapid-response book  Remember and Do Not Forget,  Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History, edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi Jessie Olitzky, with Foreword by Ruth Messinger. 

Table of Contents

 When We Turned Within, Volume 2 features writing by 107 contributors from around the world - Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Malkie Grozalsky among them. Co-edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the paperback is available here and the Kindle version is available here.

Proceeds from book sales go to UJA-Federation of NY for COVID relief efforts.

Some of Rabbi Gelber's weekly writings to the Habonim community are included in the first volume of When We Turned Within: Reflections of COVID-19. 

Lincoln Center at Home Memorial for Us All, a secular community remembrance honoring and celebrating those who have died from COVID-19. The series is over but the concerts can be viewed on Lincoln Center's  website and on the New York Board of Rabbis  Facebook  page.  

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782