Students who are in New York City this week should check out a few cool events coming from a range of organizations. Some are free and some cost money, but in my opinion all are worth it:
On Sunday at 3 p.m. in Park Slope, Meretz USA is commemorating the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin with an event called “Peace to Those Far and Near,” with guest speaker Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Institute.
On Sunday at 7 p.m. at 42 E. 69th St. in Manhattan, join Hashomer Hatzair and Habonim Dror in another commemoration of Rabin’s passing.
Unfortunately, some groups are choosing to use Sunday to commemorate not Rabin’s assassination, but rather that of Meir Kahane, the racist extremist Jewish terrorist. On Sunday at 7 p.m., West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th St., is protesting the honoring of a Jewish murderer.
In lighter news, on Monday at 7 p.m. at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, hobnob at the AJC ACCESS Gala! This is a classy event for young Jews with dancing, drinking and a raffle. It costs, but it’s worth it, so buy your tickets here. This is one establishment Jewish organization that, with its ACCESS division for young people, is doing things right with interesting and engaging speakers, discussions and events.
And on Wednesday at NYU Meyer Hall, Room 122, 5 Washington Place come to an interesting debate between left-wing activist Noam Sheizaf of +972 Magazine and David Saranga, formerly of the Israeli consulate in New York.