Old City at The Sunset. Photo: Noam ChenWe believe that Israel is at the center of the Jewish narrative and Jewish identity. We understand that our fate as a congregation is linked to our engagement with the State of Israel. We affirm the central Jewish value of love of Israel and are committed to a meaningful relationship with the state and its peoples. We marvel at the wonder of a sovereign nation that has in-gathered its exiles, defended its borders, and moved from pioneering achievements in agriculture to astounding success in high technology. Israel has evolved from a besieged fledgling to a thriving nation that radiates a continuing promise of renewed Jewish culture.

We believe that it is critical to encounter realities about Israel: We need to educate ourselves and to explore our connections to it in order to embrace, to discern, and to help. By creating relationships with the people of Israel who are busy remaking the nation today we can each forge a personal connection to our brothers and sisters there and learn to appreciate the nuances of a complex society. This type of engagement is essential to developing informed stances on the future of Zionism on peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and to help bring about needed social change within Israel. We also strongly support those in Israel who are dedicated to revitalizing and creating new pathways into liberal religious Israeli Judaism, particularly for those who have been alienated by the extent of Orthodox religious and political power in the country.

Through our Department of Israel Engagement we are committed to create rich programming as well as opportunity for conversation about the ever changing landscape of Israeli society and culture. We will continue to pursue various causes to support social action and social justice initiatives in Israel, both as a congregation and as individuals through sponsoring representative speakers as well as through participation, such as the annual Mishloah Manot fundraiser.



Hebrew Ulpan Classes אולפן עברית

Monday, January 21 | 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM | Community House

Registration for this series is closed. Classes are held every Monday. 

Join members of the BJ, Habonim and Shaare Zedek communities in a small group environment to build and improve your Hebrew conversational skills. The Hebrew Ulpan course teaches the fundamental structure of Hebrew and its basic forms, as well as the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing. This class is open to both members and non-members of the three synagogues so invite your friends to join!

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Finding Peace in the Promised Land—Lessons for Life and Love Learned on the Israel Trail

Saturday, January 26 | Following Kiddush | Chapel 

Aryeh Green, author of My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land, hiked the entire length and breadth of Israel on Shvil Yisrael—the Israel National Trail—following his divorce. The lessons he learned on the physical trek, enabling his personal growth and ability move ahead with his life, and his intimate encounter with the land and people of Israel along the way, are the uplifting basis of this inspiring presentation.

No registration necessary, all are welcome.

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New Paradigms for Breaking the Impasse of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sunday, January 27 | 12:30-5:00 PM | Sanctuary

With the Two State solution currently at a halt, it is time to consider new paradigms to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Two relatively new and unique movements will share the stage for the very first time to present their complementary work toward creating a just, peaceful, and harmonious future in Israel/Palestine. Roots/Shorashim/Judur, the Israeli Palestinian grassroots initiative for understanding, nonviolence, and transformation, brings together Israeli settlers and Palestinian activisits. A Land for All (formerly Two States One Homeland), advocates for Israeli Palestinian reconciliation based on a union of two sovereign states in one open land, with freedom of movement for all citizens. Read more »