posted on august 28, 2011
Today I presented Faces of Israel in Reno, Nevada. Sharing the program in Reno had special significance for me because my husband Yair and I inadvertently lived in Reno last fall. (We intended to visit Reno in 2010 only for Rosh HaShana, but the Jewish community adopted us, we became quite involved and we literally parked the RV alongside the local synagogue for almost three months!)
The first program of the day was a community-based event at Temple Emanu-El cosponsored by five synagogues in the Reno – Lake Tahoe area. I was delighted to see that members of both Lake Tahoe synagogues made the hour trek in for the program. We watched four chapters of the film, two of which were chosen by the audience, and retired to the Emanu-El library for what became 1-2 hours of rapt conversation over lunch. Attendance was at 50+, a solid turn out for the local community.
I headed over to the University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) for the afternoon, where I led an informal but much more intimate program for nine students and four faculty. The advantage of a small group is that the increased ability to connect with each individuaI. The program was a joint effort of AEPi and Hillel, and the students plan on hosting a follow-up program later this fall.
All in all, a wonderful and packed day. I head out of the “office” for a week beginning this evening, and will continue to plan the Faces of Israel 2011-2012 schedule upon my return. Think about bringing Faces of Israel to your community in the coming year!
written by amy beth oppenheimer