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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 and brought to you by our Committee.

Twinning Program

On August 19, 2014, the Temple Board met and accepted the Israel and World Jewry Committee’s proposal to develop a Twinning relationship with Congregation Natan-Ya in Netanya, Israel under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Edgar Nof. The Israel and World Jewry Committee in collaboration with Temple Isaiah members, interested Board members and our Twinning partners, will design a number of interactive experiences that can benefit us all over many years. Joins us on our closed Facebook Group here. We would be open to all ideas and suggestions, so that we can work collaboratively and meet all of our needs and expectations. We welcome you to join us at our Committee meetings, which are usually the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Please contact: Marlene or Herb Thier at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Shabbatarama w/Yom HaAtzmaut celebration with the Israel and World Jewry Committee
Friday, May 5
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

Shabbatarama is designed with our elementary school kids in mind, but it’s also accepting of younger kids who have extra wiggles and meaningful for adults who are looking for a community Shabbat experience. Catered Dinner Cost: $10/person or $35/family (up to 5). Cost increases to $40 per family at the door. Please RSVP for the dinner, so we can guarantee enough food.  Click here to login and register for dinner. If you do not want to use your Chaverware account, you can also RSVP by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Questions? Contact (925) 284-9191.

“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.