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Reimagining The Possible: A Conversation with David Arnow and Erin Leib Smokler

Hosted By: UJA-Federation of New York, The New York Jewish Week

As a reflection on these challenging and complex times, The Jewish Week and UJA invite you to a moderated conversation between David Arnow, author of Choosing Hope: The Heritage of Judaism, and Rabbi Erin Leib Smokler, editor of Torah in a Time of Plague: Historical and Contemporary Jewish Responses — winner of a National Jewish Book Award. Together, they will speak about Jewish wisdom and the power of hope and resilience in light of Jewish history, theology, traditional texts, and ritual.

You’ll also discover UJA’s latest work in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and our Covid recovery efforts.

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Salamone Rossi & Synagogue Choral Music

A Renaissance composer who applied the conventions of choral music to Jewish liturgy


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Hatikvah, the National Anthem of Israel

Hatikvah, literally "the hope," is Israel's national anthem. Its lyrics were written in 1886 by Naphtali Herz Imber, a poet originally from Galicia. The melody was written by Samuel Cohen, who based the melody on a musical theme from Bedrich Smetana’s "Mo