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Israel and World Jewry Committee


Time of Favor
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Adult Lounge

Director and writer Joe Cedar (Norman, Footnote) started his career with the acclaimed thriller Time of Favor, a powerful drama about a young Israeli soldier who is conflicted about his loyalties.

Winner of Six Israeli Oscars, including Best Picture, ‘Time of Favor’ is a taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the military. Both political-psychological drama and a love story between a passionate woman and two best friends, the movie raises important questions of faith to one’s religion, duty to one’s nation, and love to oneself.

Director and Writer: Joe Cedar. Language: Hebrew. Run time 102 minutes. For mature audiences.

Screening followed by lively discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. to Iris Sorokin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Temple Isaiah’s Israel & World Jewry Committee
Contra Costa Jewish Community Center
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

“World Jewry: A Practitioner’s Point of View” with Rabbi Emeritus Roberto D. Graetz
Monday, November 11 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Emeritus Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz, Temple Isaiah’s Senior Rabbi from 1991 to -2016
has been committed to and involved in World Jewry Issues throughout his career.
Since retiring he has been the visiting Rabbi for the High Holidays (2016,2017) and consulted with Congregations in Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Based on his long term commitment and recent experience Rabbi Graetz will discuss the current state of World Jewry. Sponsored by the Israel and World Jewry Committee. Free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Consul General to Israel General Shlomi Kofman
Thursday, January 11 at 7pm

We invite the entire East Bay Community to join us in welcoming our new Israeli Consul General Shlomi Kofman.  We will get to meet him up close and personal as we listen to his remarks and then greet him at our Community-wide reception.

Save these dates in 2018:
1/27—Tu B’Shevat Seder
2/13—Hebrew University’s Professor Adi Mizrahi
3/21—Jewish Life on Campus—A Panel Discussion
4/20—Yom Ha Atzmaut
5/23—Josh Ladon-Hartman Institute-“Religious Pluralism & American Jewish Role in Israel—What does it Mean?

In addition, by popular demand, in collaboration with Adult Education, we have invited back Ilan Vitemberg for another series of 3 classes. So stay tuned for the specific dates and topics.

We are so pleased to be able to offer you such an exciting array of Israeli and World Jewry programming. It is our fervent wish that you join us in dialog about issues vital to us all in the Jewish Community. Further, we welcome you to join us as part of the Israel and World Jewry Committee. Our ususal meeting date is the first Tuesday of every month in the Adult Lounge at 7 and you are always welcome to particpate in our meetings and if you like us, become part of our group. Any questions, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

About The Israel and World Jewry Committee

The Israel and World Jewry Committee was reconstituted in 2007 and has been in existence for over 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.