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Israeli Engagement


Get to know our new J staff member, Roni Lavi, our community Shlicha!

Get to know our wonderful Israeli staff member who is here to educate, engage and share all about Israel and Israeli history, people and culture. Roni is happy to setup a time and place that works for you and your family, either in-person, outside or virtually. Pick any topic of discussion, learn some Hebrew, cook Israeli food, listen to some great, new Israeli music, place Israeli games… the ideas are endless! The world – or just Roni – is at your fingertips. Register online.

Your choice of any activity or topic:

  • What’s going on in Israel
  • Hebrew
  • Israeli food
  • Israeli music, film or TV shows
  • Anything else

About Roni

Roni Lavi is from Kfar Vradim in Northern Israel not far from the Lebanon border. She spent the last three years in the IDF where, as an education officer in the Artillery Corps, she produced major events and projects, and executed an educational conference for high-ranking officials. She was honored with the 2019 Israel President’s Excellence Award at the end of her term.

Roni also worked several years as a summer camp instructor. She also participated in a leadership program called Kol Ami, a 6-month gap year experience for post-high school Israeli and Jewish teens from around the world. The program strives to forge meaningful, and lasting connections among the next generation of Jews who embrace their differences.

For more information about Israeli Engagement at the J, please contact Program Coordinator Roni Lavi, 314-313-0441

Modern Hebrew with Roni

Interested in learning some Hebrew and some Israeli culture along the way? The J’s Israeli Shilchah, Roni Lavi is here to help. Roni will be offering two class levels. Starters are those who are starting with zero knowledge and don’t know the Hebrew alphabet. Beginners Plus are those who have some initial Hebrew knowledge but still consider themselves beginners. If you are unsure what level is best for you, please contact Roni.

Starter Class
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Wednesday, October 6 – December 1, 6-6:45pm
$40 members/$50 public

Beginners Plus Class
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Wednesday, October 6 – December 1, 7-7:45pm
$40 members/$50 public

Register Online

Israeli Family Master Chef

A fun cooking experience for the family! Come to learn about and taste some of the best Israeli dishes! Each family will get a recipe and the ingredients for the dish. At the end of the evening, we’ll all enjoy the food we cooked.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sunday, October 24, 5pm
This is a free event
To register, contact Roni Lavi, 314-313-0441