JICNY Newsletter, Oct 2013


Jewish International Connection

October-November 2013

JICNY in the News


SOURCE: The Jewish Voice

DATE:  October 16, 2013


JICNY Announces Its 9th Annual Gala Event on Oct 21st

This unique, annual Gala event offers the international and Jewish community of New York a chance to enjoy an innovative and engaging social event with international friends while providing support to an outstanding Jewish organization. 

This years’ theme; "An International Music Festival", will allow Gala attendees and JICNY supporters a chance to enjoy an exceptional fusion of an outdoor Music Festival with all the excitement of a beautiful, indoor Gala. Highlights of the evening will include an outstanding live performance and tribute to the music of Billy Joel....FULL STORY HERE




SOURCE: Yediot Ahronot  (print in Hebrew)

DATE:  October 23, 2013


Who's Who at JICNY

Jodi Samuels (pic left), Co-Founder of the JICNY; and Sivan Hadari (pic right), 2013 Gala Honoree


Sivan Hadari, 2013 Gala Honoree

At this year’s JICNY 9th Annual Gala Sivan Hadari was presented with the JICNY 2013 Young Leadership Award! Sivan is an Israeli-American actress, singer, publicist, producer and writer. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Israel; Sivan comes from a multi-layered Jewish and Israeli cultural background with a mother from Tunisia who fled the country at the age of 5 and a father with a Persian background. Sivan made Aliya at the age of 12 with her family and travels to and from NY to Tel Aviv.


In 2009 she founded the non-profit organization, ISRAMERICA, with the mission of supporting young Israeli and Jewish American artists that project a positive image of Israel though art. Her one woman show, The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman won the award for Best Solo Debut off-Broadway, and her original play "1,934 Days", based on the story of then captive Israel soldier Gilat Shalit was presented a the Times Square International Theatre Festival last year – just to name a few of her accomplishments.

Wish Box


Looking for Leaders to Help Plan

Moroccan Night!

Contact Alana  alana@jicny.com



JICNY Mission Statement


Jewish International Connection New York fosters Jewish identity among young internationals, in their 20s and 30s, through diverse and inspiring Jewish experiences together with NYC Jews. This is achieved through 4 main categories of activities:

• Jewish educational, cultural and Shabbat/Holiday experiences

• Professional and social networking

• Couples and parenting programs

• Israel advocacy programs


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JICNY Newsletter

Letter from the Founders


WELCOME friends, to the JICNY newsletter. 


Thank you to everyone who attended our 9th Annual Gala! This was one of the most successful Galas ever for JICNY as we hosted over 400 attendees representing more than 40 countries from around the world!

We had a truly amazing time celebrating another year of community with you. This year we were able to reach a younger audience and feel grateful for the financial support we received from all of our donors.

This year's Gala was held at Highline Ballroom and the theme was an International Music Festival. Thanks to honorees Sivan Hadari (Young Leadership Award) and Berel Fischler (Dedication to Jewish Life Award) who received their beautiful plaques in honor of their outstanding service to the Jewish community.

We had some wonderful music by Sam Bodenheimer, Jay Stone and the band Songs in The Attic which featured the music of Billy Joel. And an amazing spread was enjoyed by all thanks to Prestige Catering. Another big thank you to our honorees Feliks Frenkel and Lev Gzhonko who were awarded the Tower of Light Awards. We sincerely hope you had as much fun as we did!

Steve Eisenberg and Jodi & Gavin Samuels



Organizational Update




Upcoming Winter 2013 Events:


JICNY Chanukah Party. Sun, Dec 1st

Join JICNY for our unique, upscale Chanukah party!

Enjoy a variety of Chanukah delicacies, sweets and treats. Sip wine while meeting Jewish Internationals in their 20s and 30s from all over the world.

WHERE: 535 West End Ave (downstairs Party Room)

WHEN: Sun,  December 1, 2013

TIME:  7:30 PM

COST: $18 online; $25 at door

SIGN-UP: www.jicny.com/events



Other JICNY Upcoming Events:


Biggest Annual International Shabbat Dinner

Commonwealth Nations Shabbat dinner

Sephardic Music Festival

Cooking classes

Comedy Night

Monday Night Class and Lounge

Speed Networking

Israel Advocacy

Women's dating classes

Couples classes & Infant CPR

Volunteer and community service

And much, much more...


For a list of all JICNY events:




Networking Corner


Networking tips:

-          Always follow up

-          Keep updated profiles of contacts

-          Be helpful to people you meet!

JICNY Networking Business Group that meets every other week at 7:45am. Guests are invited to on the first Tuesday of every month to meet the current members.

12/03 Networking Group with guests

12/17 Speed Networking event

For Networking group membership info: www.jicny.com/networking






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