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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 Orna.

Jewish and Israel Advocacy Committee is a group of concerned congregants (including Rabbi Marder) exploring issues relating to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as well as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities on middle school, high school and college campuses across the country. The committee arranges for guest speakers at Beth Am, and provides occasional update and action alert emails so that recipients can make their voices heard. Please sign up to join the recipient email list. Together, we can make a difference in combating BDS and anti-Semitism and promoting a secure Israel.

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.

BDS and Anti-Semitism: Would you like to receive information and action alerts designed to combat BDS and Anti-Semitism and to promote a secure Israel? Learn more and sign up.

Would you be interested in being kept abreast of current assaults on the Jewish community and combating these trends? Sign up today!
Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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