We are a warm and vibrant community of Israelis living in Brooklyn and around the New York area who are committed to maintaining and nourishing our connection to Israel, love of Israeli culture and ties to one another. Our mission is to ensure that Israelis in the region have an authentically Israeli place to belong to, where they can learn, connect and speak Hebrew effortlessly; a place to celebrate holidays in familiar ways and share Israeli culture with our families. We are creating a little slice of home in the Big Apple.
Israelis in Brooklyn was established in April 2010 to provide a sense of community for Israelis in and around Brooklyn. We formed in response to a dilemma shared by so many Israelis living here: how do we pass along our passion and love of Israeli culture to our children who are growing up in an American setting? Israelis in Brooklyn provides a framework for Israelis to start responding to this question by allowing them and their families to sustain and strengthen their Israeli identities through speaking Hebrew, singing, learning, connecting and celebrating holidays in uniquely Israeli ways. We offer an array of programs in Hebrew for Israeli adults, children and families, all designed to reinforce our ties with Israeli culture, the state of Israel and one another. Together, we shape a new answer to the quandary of what it means to be an Israeli in America?
Since our inception, we have been hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn and generously supported by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation and UJA Federation to facilitate a variety of programs for all members of the community, children and adults.