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Israel Connection

The Mandell JCC is committed to keeping our community connected to Israel. Our connection to Israel is a link to our past and to Jews around the world. 

Here you will find the latest information on events and programs that have ties to Israel, as well as news articles and current events.


  • photo of Tali BassTali Bass, JCC Shlicha (emissary)
    As our Shlicha, Tali's role is to bring Israel to the community through personal connections and Israel-themed programs.

    Tali made aliyah from the former Soviet Union with her parents and older sister when she was three years old. Upon arriving in Israel, they settled in Be'er Sheva, where some of her family was already living.Tali attended a religious high school with a focus on science.  During her military service in the IDF, Tali served as a medic. 

    Tali comes from the world of theater.  She has a B.A. in Theater and General and Comparative Literature, as well as two years of practical experience at the L & L Goodman Theatre and Acting School of the Negev. Tali has experience as a guide in a community theater for the elderly. She has been an instructor in a writing workshop for underprivileged youth, been an actress in a puppet show for young children, and was in a science-based show at a museum, and has had several roles in the theater.

    This is Tali's first trip to the United States.  She can be reached at

  • Israel 21c
    An online news magazine offering diverse and reliable news and information about 21st century Israel.

    The Times of Israel

    YNET news
    Youtube channel for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Stand With Us – advocacy organization

    Visit Tel Aviv – Tourism website

    Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

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    Masa Israel – Educational Programs

    Birthright Israel – Trips for young adults



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