We 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.
UPCOMING ISRAEL PROGRAMMING
Sunday, October 22 | 2:00-6:00 PM | Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 1 E 65th Street
B’nai Jeshurun is cosponsoring an Israel Policy Forum (IPF) one-day conference, focused on shared US-Israel national security challenges in the region. The conference will feature plenary and break-out sessions, as well as high-level policy experts, including:
Efraim Halevy, former Director, Mossad
Hon. Michèle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Defense Department; Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS
HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi Chief of Intelligence; former Saudi Ambassador to the US and UK
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30-10:00 PM | Location Upon Registration
Join Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish at our upcoming Israel Salon, as he talks about the issues addressed in his latest book, The Other Peace Process. The book describes the message and methods of interreligious dialogue and action in the context of the political peace process, the peace-building processes, and cutting-edge programs in Israel and the surrounding region.
Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish is the Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) and through his 25 years of service to this organization became one of the leaders in the field of interreligious dialogue in Israel and internationally. As a noted rabbi, author, and lecturer, he has spoken in synagogues, churches, mosques, universities, and at national and international conferences in Israel, North America, Europe, and the Far East. Read more »
Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30-9:00PM | JCC Manhattan
One of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Eshkol Nevo, is coming to New York for the launching of his most recent, bestselling novel Three Floors Up, which deals with residential life in Tel Aviv, crisis identity, and the darkness of parenthood. Read more »