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Spread Zionism with a Smile

Yachad is now the operative word in Israel, and no wonder: it's the Hebrew word for "together."


On his upcoming spring tour, Yachad, Joel will makeshift meaningful stories, uplifting workshops, and comedic performances into the glue that bonds Jewish communities closer together. Your community is invited to authentically engage with Israel. We’ll deliberate, reflect, and of course, laugh together!


There will always be time for Q&A.

Connecting to Israel…
One Word at a Time

Yachad workshop and discussion content is based on Israel 201, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity.

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Israel from Joel to You!

Program Offerings



Resilience is a core part of Jewish DNA, and humor is our secret weapon. Sit back for an hour and leave the laughs to Joel as he reminisces about his journey from Solomon Schechter class clown to his experiences as a Lone Soldier in the IDF, and showcases the joys and oys of life in Israel today.


Purity of Arms 

How does the IDF navigate the moral dilemmas of war? For that, Israeli soldiers have Purity of Arms, Israel’s code of battlefield ethics, referencing and inspired by several Torah verses. Together, we’ll dissect it and discuss how IDF soldiers apply the code in real time.


Hebrew Is Magic!

Hebrew words are more than meets the eye! In this interactive lecture, we’ll investigate the life lessons embedded in Hebrew words. No prior knowledge of Hebrew required.

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Chop, Dice, Spice!

Get a taste of Israel in this hands-on salad-making workshop! Together we’ll make fattoush, Moroccan spiced-carrots, mint-cherry-tomato salad, and classic salat katzutz…all while learning about Israel’s unique climate and the various immigrant groups who brought their recipes and spices to Israel over the past hundred years.

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Israel 201 - Salon Style 

Ever wonder what Israel looks like under a microscope? Israel 201 does exactly that, examining Israeli society from every angle - from Jerusalem’s stray-cat conundrum to LGBTQ combat soldiers serving in the IDF. This intimate, cozy conversation is your chance to explore Israel’s yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And don’t worry, there’s always time for Q&A.

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