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Israel

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.

Israel Awareness Programming
Jewish and Israel Advocacy Committee
Oneg Israel
Café Israel
Israeli Films
Supporting Our Israeli Reform Synagogue Partnership
Tzedakah

Israel Awareness programming educates 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. Our Israel-oriented programs 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. Support our Israel Awareness Fund in honor or memory of a loved one.

The mission of Beth Am's Jewish and Israel Advocacy Committee is to unify and mobilize support at Congregation Beth Am for the security of the State of Israel, to counter the alarming growth of antisemitism, and to promote respect for Jews in the United States and beyond. We also work to refute both misunderstandings and deliberate misinformation by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. To achieve our objectives, we educate congregants through emails and inspirational speakers, as well as provide timely alerts to take action as events warrant. Please sign up to join the Jewish and Israel Advocacy Committee email list.

Oneg Israel: A few times each year, following our Erev Shabbat service, the Oneg Israel team provides a delicious home-style Shabbat dinner and a program focusing on Israeli culture. Dinner is free, and supported by generous donations (we welcome yours!). These events are extremely popular, so it’s important to sign up early!

Café Israel is 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. Refreshments are served.

Supporting Our Israeli Reform Synagogue Partnership: Congregation Beth Am has partnered with Kehilat Mevasseret Zion (KMZ), one of over 50 congregations of the Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive of Judaism (IMPJ). This vibrant community, located outside of Jerusalem, brings to the Israeli experience spiritual wealth and pluralistic and equitable Judaism, combining tradition and modernity. Progressive streams of Judaism have struggled to achieve acceptance and funding on par with Orthodox institutions in Israel, and have relied on support from American advocates and partners. If you would like to support our friends at KMZ, we invite you to consider making a donation or becoming an overseas member. Thank you!

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

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783