Israel and World Jewry Committee Events
The Israel and World Jewry Committee
The Israel and World Jewry Committee was reconstituted in 2007 and has been in existence for seven years. The goal of this Committee from the beginning has been to put Israel and concerns about Israel on the Temple Isaiah agenda by looking at Israel from different perspectives, so that we can have meaningful dialogue about Israel, our Jewish homeland.
We have heard groups like AIPAC, J Street, The American Jewish Committee, Professor Firestone, as he explored the Jewish/ Muslim relationship, The New Israel Fund, Rabbi Doug Kahn, who helped us understand the BDS movement, Andy David, the Consul General of Israel and many more. Over the years, we have collaborated with other groups such as Anshei Isaiah, Women of Isaiah, JCRC, the Federation, the Contra Costa JCC, Congregation B’nai Shalom, Beth Chaim, as well as other groups. The presentations have been to large engaged audiences listening to the perspectives of these groups and engaging in lively and insightful discussions.
These programs are examples of our inclusive Jewish community at Temple Isaiah where people from across the political spectrum can come together and discuss challenging topics, while at the same time inspiring and empowering one another. We believe this will lead to a stronger and even more vital Temple community, as together we continue to look at different ideas.
In addition to all of these programs check out our Good News from Israel, which is a part of the Shabbat Shalom you receive every week from Temple Isaiah on line. These “Good News” stories about Israel’s positive achievements in many arenas of research and progress are often missing from mainstream media. These articles are adapted from http://www.israel21c.org and brought to you by our Committee.
For 2014-15, stay tuned for some more fascinating programming that will both expand some of these ideas and present some other creative and innovative approaches to looking at Israel and World Jewry and continuing the dialogue. We hope that you find some of these program ideas enticing and would like to join us to share your ideas and help coordinate the programs, so that we continue to invigorate our Committee with new and fresh ideas. We believe that the strength of our Committee is dependent upon its members and we encourage you to join us in our Committee work. Becoming involved in Committee life is probably one of the best ways to feel like a more integral part of our Temple community. We would just love to count you among our group and welcome you to join us.