Pause/Play: Shabbaton Atzmaut

Pause/Play is celebrating Israel’s 71st birthday on May 11 from 3 through 6 p.m. at the 14th Street Y located at 344 East 14th Street.

Titled, “Pause/Play: Shabbaton Atzmaut,” the event invites New Yorkers to celebrate Israel’s birthday and appreciate its diverse flavors and cultures.

The celebration features “Israel 2020: Is Israel more Jewish or Democratic?” Which begins at 3 p.m. and is held in the community room. Israel 2020: in the current post-elections reality, is Israel more Democratic or more Jewish? How can these two values coexist? Join for a panel, facilitated by Ophir Tal, the organization’s Israeli Shaliach, that will provide three different perspectives on this core issue. The panel includes: Ofir Dayan, p resident of students for Israel in Columbia University; Johnathan Elkhoury , minorities project coordinator for the NGO Reservists on Duty; and Rabbi Amichai Lau Lavie, Jewish educator and the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul and Storahtelling.

The day will also include “GA-GA!” held from 3 through 5 p.m. in the gymnasium on the second floor. Attendees are encouraged to play the epic Israeli version of dodge ball. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. “GA-GA!” Is suggested for children over the age of five.

“Old Turtle and the Broken Truth || TYA Dance Battle: The Haka Dance” also begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in the theater on the second floor. Sarah Sutliff, along with the assistance of one of the performers, will teach kids the vocabulary of the haka dance and will together create their own haka dance battle.

“Celebrating Israel with Artist Linda White” is geared toward families and begins at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the first floor. A workshop of arts and crafts for families with young children! Bring the visuals, and sounds from Israel to life with exciting forms of art.

“Resetting The Table” begins at 4 p.m. and will take place in the second floor community room. Following the Panel, dialogue sessions will take place that will enable to process, resettle and open your mind to new questions.

“Israeli Folk Dancing” is intended for all ages and will begin at 4 p.m. in the first floor’s studio A&B. Attendees are invited to shake their hips and refresh the day by dancing it the Israeli way! With dance instructor Danny Pollock.

“Yoni Vendriger: A theatrical reading of SOF TOV by Anat Gov” will be held in the second floor community room from 5 to 6 p.m. as a satirical staged reading of the Israeli Play Sof Tov by Anat gov, a story of an actress who copes with cancer.

The final event, the Israeli Party, will take place in studio A&B on the first floor at 5 p.m. Following Israeli Folk Dancing, finish it all up with an exciting Israeli dance party that grooves in Hebrew. For all ages.

This event is free and open to all.

The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, a downtown Manhattan non-profit that services 50,000 New Yorkers annually, is a proud partner of UJA Federation New York. Pause/Play is generously funded by the UJA Federation of New York, the Covenant Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Pause/Play invites you to hit the pause button in your busy lives and experience all that the our downtown community has to offer. We welcome everyone in our community to join us for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and story-time to whiskey tastings and dance classes, these events feature activities for the whole family.

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