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The State of Israel plays a significant role in the life of Jews around the world and is central to the life of our congregation. Beth Am offers many opportunities to educate our community about Israel's history, culture and current events, and to provide direct support for the people of Israel.

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Our Israel Awareness Committee creates programs to educate the Beth Am Community about the crucial role played by the State of Israel, as a spiritual center, an American ally, and as a permanent refuge for Jews subject to persecution. We offer an open, respectful and safe environment for all members to learn and share ideas, focusing on support for Israel that transcends political differences. We offer regular opportunities for congregants to hear from expert speakers, learn about the land and people of Israel, and enjoy Israeli culture. For more information, please contact Judith.

Oneg Israel: Several times a year, following our Erev Shabbat services, the Israel Awareness Committee provides a delicious home-style Shabbat dinner and a program focusing on Israeli culture. Dinner is free, and supported by generous donations from those who attend. These events are extremely popular, so it’s important to sign up early!

Café Israel: Our Israel-related speaker series, usually offered on Shabbat afternoons. We often feature experts in Israeli science, technology, medicine, literature and culture, as well as the many dimensions of Israeli politics.

Israeli Films: On Shabbat afternoons, Beth Am’s monthly Jewish film series often features contemporary Israeli films that offer fascinating perspectives on life in the Jewish State. All are free and followed by discussion.

Israel Trips: Usually there are two Beth Am trips to Israel each year – an adult trip co-led by Rabbis Janet and Shelly Marder and Beth Am adult Hebrew teacher Orna Morad; and a teen trip for high school students (10th grade and above) through NFTY, the Reform youth movement. There's often a summer trip for families, as well. For information about teen or family travel to Israel, contact Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit.

Tzedakah: Every other month, our Tzedakah Box donations go to a different Israeli charity, usually focused on addressing issues of poverty. If you have a suggestion for a worthy organization, please contact Rabbi Marder.

A Special Event for High School Juniors, Seniors and Their Parents — All high school students who are preparing to head off to college are invited to an important discussion about how Judaism and Israel fit into their lives on campus. We will be joined by Karen Stiller who will discuss the charged climate around Israel on campus today, help students feel better grounded in their knowledge about Israel, and offer productive strategies for talking about Israel with fellow students. RSVP to Rabbi Heath Watenmaker.
Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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