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Taste of Israel:
Cooking up shakshuka b’yachad (together)
Thursday, April 15, 5:45 pm

Dalia Rosenthal, Jewish Educator and not-so-amateur-chef extraordinaire, will demonstrate how to make her favorite Israeli dish, Shakshuka. Dalia will share stories of growing up in Israel. She will be joined by her colleague and friend Vicki Wilson who will share a multi-media presentation of Israel adventures together. 

Join us in celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day and make a delicious meal for you (and your family) to enjoy that evening, it should be ready to eat by 7:00 pm.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Virtual Tour of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah Market

Sunday, April 18, 11 am - 12:15 pm

Join the communities of Congregation Habonim and Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center for a virtual tasting tour of some of the delicacies of the amazing shuk/market in Jerusalem. With expert guidance of tour guide Mike Hollander, we'll meet some of the proprietors, see the diversity of food, and experience the breadth and depth of the multiple ethnic influences in one of the world's most colorful and exciting food markets. Enhance your experience by having pita, hummus, olives, and halva available for snacking.
Register here 

Habonim at the Movies: Wednesday, April 21, 7-8 pm

The Adult Education Committee is proud to present a discussion of Crossing Delancey (Rated PG), led by film critic Matt Fagerholm, Assistant Editor. 

Watch the movie before joining a lively and insightful virtual discussion of 1988's beloved romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey, directed by the trailblazing filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver, who died at age 85 this past New Year's Eve.

Click here  for questions for discussion and thought.

The film can be rented from the NYPL or streamed on Amazon for $3.99: 

Register here

Book Group: Wednesday, May 12, 7 pm

 We are reading Apeirogon by Colum McCann, a gorgeous new book based on the true story of an Israeli and a Palestinian father, who each lose a young daughter through political violence, and they work together for peace.  The storytelling is complex and layered, and the writing is achingly beautiful. Recommended by Jill Mehl.

The author, Colum McCann, is speaking at Hunter on April 19 at 6 pm. Register here for the virtual event.

Raise Our Voices for Cantor Halev: Sunday, May 23, 5 pm

“Ha lev” means “the heart” in Hebrew, and for the past 38 years, Bruce Halev has been the musical heart of Congregation Habonim, raising us up in song and prayer with his melodic voice and unique warmth.  Cantor Halev has led our Shabbat and holiday services, prepared our children to become b’nai mitzvah, and shared both the joy and the grief of our life events.

Please join this gala virtual celebration as we raise our voices to celebrate Cantor Halev's distinguished career and deep devotion to Habonim.

This year’s gala will feature:
•    Special Performances by Cantor Bruce Halev, Joanie Halev, Jessica Futran, and other special guests
•    Tributes from Habonim’s former Rabbis, as well as the Nursery School and Religious School 
•    A moving montage that highlights our memories of Cantor Halev throughout the years 

Help make this fundraising night a success by becoming a sponsor. Click here for information about admission and sponsorship.

And to be part of the tribute book for Bruce, please submit any photos (make sure they are renamed with a description and your name), memories, or stories (250 words or less) of Cantor Halev that you wish to share  by emailing your submissions to  by Friday, April 16th. 

Virtual Walk Around Israel

You only have one body, take good care of it! Register for Every Move Counts, a Hadassah-sponsored virtual walk around Israel for humans of every age and ability. More information and registration at this link:

Email Rabbi Gelber at  with WALK ISRAEL in the Subject Line so we may create a Habonim group to support one another in this healthy challenge. 

Learn more about using your Shulcloud account. Topics include: Updating your information, making payments and donations, and accessing the Habonim member directory.

Habonim recently used Bender Fund assets to donate the money necessary to provide Passover food packages to elderly Holocaust survivors who are clients of Self Help Community Services.

The Bender Fund was created almost 50 years ago in conjunction with our Brotherhood, and is dedicated solely to helping elderly, blind, and needy members of the Jewish community.

Self Help reports that everyone who received the packages was so very appreciative and sends their thanks to all the members of Congregation Habonim for their generosity and kindness. Each year we help provide food packages to Self Help clients on Pesach, the High Holidays and Hanukkah.

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. 

Seeking volunteers (of all ages) to help Habonim community members connect online and organize dial-in information for weekly prayer services and programs, as well as with other needs. Contact Susan Grant at .

Sun, April 11 2021 29 Nisan 5781