Israel and World Jewry Committee
The Israel and World Jewry Committee
The Israel and World Jewry Committee was reconstituted in 2007 and has been in existence for almost a decade. 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.
Shabbatarama w/Yom HaAtzmaut celebration with the Israel and World Jewry Committee
Friday, May 5
5:45pm Catered Dinner
6:30pm Service followed by oneg with I&WJ Yom HaAtzmaut celebration
7:30pm Israel and World Jewry Program “Discovering Israel’s Story Through An Exploration of popular Music” with Tamar Zaken in the Sanctuary
“Discovering Israel’s Story Through An Exploration of popular Music” with Tamar Zaken
Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary
Immediately following the Shabbatarama Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, this session aims to give participants the opportunity to “get to know” different narratives of the Israeli ‘story’ through an exploration of Israeli popular music. Participants will see how the Israeli story is dynamic, influenced by immigration, politics, history and culture. We will initially take a look (and listen) at some Eretz Yisrael Hayafa music, move to Israeli rock and Mizrachi music, each celebrating a different part of the Israeli story. We will enjoy great old renditions of some classic Israeli songs that will give us a chance to think about the deeper meanings and roles these songs played in young Israeli society.
CLICK HERE TO R.S.V.P. FOR THE PROGRAM WITH TAMAR ZAKEN