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Pecha Kucha with The Kitchen and Reboot

Israel at 70
 An Alternative Independence Day Event

Thursday, April 19, 2018 — 7pm
Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez, SF 94110


Ticket proceeds will be donated to
social justice activists fighting for a better Israel

70 years
7 inspiring speakers
20 slides x 20 seconds
incredible community
food and drinks for your body and soul

MC’d by Josh Healey
AfterParty with More SF DJs Or Tregger and Matt Haze


Josh Healey — MC

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment, Healey’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and his 13-year-old nephew Brian Silverstein's Youtube page, where it has at least 27 ‘likes.’ Born and raised in DC, Healey these days eats his daily bagel in Oakland, CA.

Stefanie Adler

Stefanie is a proud Bay Area resident, where she dedicates her time towards serving the Jewish community and helping people accomplish their health goals as a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef. She spent almost five years living, traveling, and volunteering in Israel and received a B.S in Political Science specializing in Conflict Resolution from The IDC Herzliya. She serves on JFCS New Leaders Council and is a Moishe House Resident in San Francisco, where she is constantly inspired by her community to create an open space for individuals to explore their connection to the Jewish world.

Noam Shuster-Eliassi

Noam Shuster-Eliassi, 30, grew up in the only community in Israel where Palestinians and Jews live together in equality and by choice, Neve Shalom~Wahat Al Salam (“the Oasis of Peace”). She was educated in a bi-lingual and bi-national school, and speaks fluent Arabic which strengthens her Middle Eastern identity that is based on family roots in Iran. Ms. Shouster has worked in peacebuilding programs with Israelis and Palestinians since a young age including work engaging with a special UN based program working with strategic populations in the Israeli society who were previously excluded from the peace process. Noam Shouster graduated from Brandeis University as a co-existence scholar. Throughout her studies, she worked with youth in Rwanda and was awarded the "Davis Peace Prize" for having developed peacebuilding programs for HIV positive youth in Kigali, both children of perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 genocide. These initiatives supported the creation of healing narratives for health education based on reconciliation and confronting of the past. Today Noam also includes humor, stand up and performance into her professional world attempting to tackle issues of racism, political identities and the conflict through creative means.

Robert Ungar

Rob is an architect and urban designer. He is co-founder of ONYA collective, an interdisciplinary group of activists and urbanists working to occupy and create spaces for nature and humans. The group works in the complex social and ecological fabric of Tel Aviv's central bus station and its environs—which is home to many of Israel’s immigrants and refugees. Robert is now working to complete his master’s in Urban Design at UC Berkeley.

Born in Italy to political refugees from Romania, Robert’s background—including his family’s experience with political prosecution and migration—informs his activism and personal commitment to fighting deportation of asylum seekers both here in the US and in Israel.

Alon-Lee Green and Nisreen Shehada of Standing Together

Nisreen Shehada is the Outreach Director at Standing Together. She received her Ph.D. from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in 2016, and has two B.Sc. degrees in bio-medical engineering and electrical engineering. Her research has been published in leading scientific journals. She joined Standing Together as an organizer in the Haifa Circle. Since taking on her new role in August 2017, Nisreen oversees Standing Together’s outreach and community engagement efforts, with an emphasis on Israel’s social and geographical periphery and engagement with marginalized groups.

Alon-Lee Green is the National Director and one of the founders of Standing Together. His organizing career began as a teenager, when he organized Israel’s first trade union of waiters in a chain of coffee shops. He went on to found Israel’s first National Waiters Union. In 2011, he was a prominent leader of Israel’s social protest movement and convened some of its biggest rallies. He worked in the Knesset for five years as a political adviser.

Nisreen and Alon-Lee will talk about shared struggles between different communities and lessons that we can apply here in the US. Omdim Beyachad were part of the incredible efforts of organizing against the deportation of refugees and asylum seeker together with the local residents of south Tel Aviv. These demonstrations started in South Tel Aviv and last week more than 25 thousands people demonstarted in Tel Aviv's Rabin Sq. One of the most inspirational moments were when Shula Keshet, a leader of the local resident community of south Tel Aviv, largely a Mizrachi community, stood against the deportation as she bravely said in partnership: "We are told that south Tel Aviv is in favor of the deportation- and I say: South Tel Aviv is against deportation! South Tel Aviv is for rehabilitation, public housing, a proper education system, and a decent life for all of us!". This is an incredible story of joint struggles and efforts, instead of separating between communities, bringing people to STAND TOGETHER.

Rabbi David Kasher

Rabbi David Kasher grew up bouncing back and forth between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, hippies and hassidim - and has been trying to synthesize these two worlds ever since. After graduating from Wesleyan Unviersity, he studied for several years in yeshivot in Israel before heading off to Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical school. He was ordained in 2007, and returned to Northern California, where he became the Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel. Along the way, Rabbi Kasher completed a doctoral degree at Berkeley Law, where he now serves as a lecturer. He was part of the founding team at Kevah, a non-profit specializing in Adult Jewish Education, and has worked there since 2012. He has also served on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Program, Reboot, and BINA: The Secular Yeshiva, and also taught at Pardes, SVARA, The Hartman Institute, Dorot and various Limmuds. He is a teacher of nearly all forms of classical Jewish literature, but his greatest passion is Torah commentary, and he produces the weekly ParshaNut blog and podcast, exploring the riches of the genre.

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Moishe House Oakland
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