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Israel and World Jewry Committee

UPCOMING Events

Israel’s Consul General in San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest - Shlomi Kofman
Thursday, January 11 at 7pm in the Sanctuary followed by dessert reception

“Topic: Israel’s Place In The World”

Join us for this community-wide welcome for our new consul general who will share some of his insights with us.

Shlomi Kofman was born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and made aliya (immigrated) to Israel at the age of nine, after being refused for three years by Soviet authorities.

He began his appointment as Israel’s consul general to the Pacific Northwest in August 2017. Over the course of his 20-year diplomatic career, he has served as policy advisor to deputy foreign ministers based in Jerusalem, Israel’s deputy consul general in New York City, and in various other roles.

Kofman holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & East Asian studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a master’s degree from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics at Webster University. He also holds an associate’s degree in engineering.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Community dessert reception to follow. Click here to R.S.V.P. and sign up for a potluck item to share.

Co-sponsored by Women of Isaiah.

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. Please click here for more information and to register.

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 http://www.israel21c.org and brought to you by our Committee.