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"If you will it, it is no dream."
-Theodore Herzl

The mission of the Israel Engagement Committee is to build and strengthen connections between the Temple Shalom’s community and the state of Israel. Our core principle is the recognition that the existence of the state of Israel is essential to the safety and prosperity of world Jewry. To this end, we believe that Israeli Jews and American Jews must redouble their efforts to understand, respect, and support one another. We will endeavor to help our congregants derive personal meaning from an ongoing relationship with Israel, and to feel kinship with our brothers and sisters in Israel. 

Engagement with Israel at Temple Shalom takes many forms: 

Education: Inviting experts and leaders to share their knowledge.
For example, subject matters may include history, religion, politics, social justice, culture, arts, business, or technology.

Travel: encouraging and/or organizing travel to Israel

Gatherings: Celebrating Israel with themed social and cultural events (e.g. food, music, dance).

Personal Relationships: Getting to know Israelis living in our region and overseas.

We are committed to promoting discussion of varying opinions about modern Israel. For example, what is the place of progressive Judaism in the Israeli religious landscape? How can Israel remain both Jewish and Democratic? What should be Israel’s policies towards its Arab Citizens and neighboring countries? We will provide a safe atmosphere, in which our members can discuss such issues in a way that promotes learning and mutual understanding.

Current Israel Programs

American Jews and the Jewish State

Thursdays April 8-May 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM
In this 6-class course, we will explore the history and evolution of the relationship between American Jews and Israel. Beginning in the 1880s (with the emergence of a new Zionist movement) we will look at how—and in what ways—the American Jewish community both came to embrace but also feel conflicted about the emerging Jewish state. We will look at how the American Jewish community both supported and challenged the new state in its first decades, how the 6 Day War changed that relationship, and how American Jews have increasingly asserted their voices regarding religion in Israel, security, land, and the Palestinians. Students will reflect on what we have learned and think about stances they may want to take in relating to and engaging with Israel. This course is lead by Jonathan Golden and Yoni Kadden of Gann Academy. 

Rabin in His Own Words: Film Screening & Discussion

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Join us for a screening & discussion of the film, Rabin in His Own Words in commemoration of Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron. Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies, and private letters, Yitzhak Rabin's personal and professional dramas unfold before the viewer's eyes in the film. Registered participants will be sent a link to watch the movie on their own online. 

Shiv'at HaMinim: Virtual Tour of the Israel Museum

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
“Take a trip” to Jerusalem with us! A guide will lead us on a virtual tour of The Israel Museum, exploring the seven species, plants, and grains described in the Torah through art. See first hand how artists bring these special products of the land of Israel to life, as depicted in the artworks at The Israel Museum Jerusalem.

The tour is $10 per device. Register Here

Past Israel Programs

Navigating Our Intersectionality: A Conversation with the ADL about anti-Racism, anti-Semitism, and Israel

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Join Eileen Hershenov, the Senior Vice-President of Policy at the Anti-Defamation League, and Aryeh Tuchman, the Associate Director of ADL's Center on Extremism, as they lead us in learning and in discussion about the relationship between Judaism, anti-Semitism, Zionism, intersectionality, and racism in America. Together, we will raise these topics with respect and civility and engage with experts in an open-minded exploration.

Zoom in on Israel: A Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem 

Sunday, December 6, 2020
Explore the magical Old City of Jerusalem, virtually! We will walk through the markets and alleyways of the Old City and visit the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mount, Ramparts, City of David, and more. The tour will  be led by the extraordinary Israeli guide, Moshe Gold. This tour is designed for adults who have been to Israel before, exploring new aspects of Jerusalem, as well as those who have never been. At each stop, we will learn about the history and religious context of the site and have time for questions from participants. The virtual tour will use maps, text, music, photos, and Google street view. 

Join the Israel Engagement Committee!

If you are interested in joining the Temple Shalom Israel Engagement Committee and helping to plan Israel programming for our congregation, please reach out to Committee Chair, Will Korn

Fri, May 7 2021 25 Iyar 5781