My heart is in the East, while I am at the edge of the West. – Yehuda Halevi
The Israel Committee seeks to deepen and strengthen the types of relationships Temple Beth El congregants have with Israel in all her facets: as Eretz Yisrael, the Jewish homeland; as Medinat Yisrael, the modern State of Israel; and as Am Yisrael, the people of Israel.
- Encouraging the integration of Israel into temple programming and other facets of temple life
- Infusing Israel into educational programming so as to help congregants become more informed about and engaged with Israel
- Fostering a spiritual connection to Israel
- Promoting activities that enhance our partnership with Kehilat Birkat Shalom and the Hadera region
- Supporting Progressive Judaism in Israel
- Partnering with our Shalom Park partners around Israel-related events and programs
- Serving as a sounding-board for the clergy team and congregant voice on Israel-related matters
- Producing a periodic email news blast on Israel to be sent via TBE communication to those interested
The Israel Committee plans programs to educate our congregants about the issues confronting Progressive Jewish in Israel; to develop an ongoing and supportive relationship with Birkat Shalom, our sister congregation located on Kibbutz Gezer; and to sponsor one or more yearly trips to Israel, involving Temple Beth El youth as well as adult congregants.
To find out more information about Temple Beth El and Israel contact our Israel Committee Co-chairs, Sam Zimmern and Rick Abrams.
Our Sister Congregation in Israel
Temple Beth El is committed to supporting the Reform movement in Israel. We have an ongoing partnership with the Reform synagogue Birkat Shalom in Kibbutz Gezer. We support Birkat Shalom financially and with reciprocal visits.
Congregational Trips to Israel
Join congregants of all ages on our multi-generational trip as we explore the history, culture, and land of Israel. Explore the Old City, float in the Dead Sea, hang out with some camels, get your spirituality on in Tzfat, and celebrate a Temple Beth El B’nei Mitzvah as we connect with our Holy Land and build community with one another.
As with all itineraries, our is always in flux, but a draft of our 2018 trip itinerary can be found on our trip website.
The website also contains pricing and registration details. The cost of the trip is dependent upon the number of registrants, sharing rooms, families vs. individuals, etc. There are options for booking airline travel as part of our group or on your own. The tour company will also provide us with an individual who will help us answer questions.
For more information on our congregational trips to Israel, contact the clergy office.
Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers (DISC)
We have a new addition in our Temple Beth El Religious School kindergarten through 4th grade curriculum: DISC – Discovering Israel through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Careers.
Students will learn to:
- Develop a new connection to modern-day Israel by understanding that Israel is more than a place of religious and historical significance.
- Identify key cities on a map and recognize their significance as centers of innovation.
- Articulate ways in which Israel is committed to Tikkun Olam and is making global contributions in and outside of Israel.
- Create and test prototypes inspired by Israeli inventions.
DISC is rooted in authentic learning- every lesson reflects challenges and activities that STEAM professionals encounter in Israel today.
Quick Resource Links
- Union for Reform Judaism – Israel Engagement
- Union for Reform Judaism – Learn about the land of Israel: its society, history, arts and culture, Reform Jewish communities, and much more
- Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
- Our Sister Congregation in Israel – Birkat Shalom
- Women of the Wall
- News and Current Events
- Times of Israel – covering Israel, the region & the Jewish world
- Haaretz – provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East
- Israel21c – a non-partisan, nonprofit organization, and publisher of online news recognized as a diverse and reliable source of news and information about 21st century Israel
- Israel Relations and Politics
- The Israel Project – a non-partisan American educational organization dedicated to informing the media and public conversation about Israel
- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
- J-Street – The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans