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.
This year, we will host a variety of great programs, including:
November in the Sanctuary Foyer
Exhibit highlighting the health and technological advances pioneered by Israel.
Holocaust survivor and author Henry Oster
Topic: “Even In Hell, There Is Hope”
Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Click here to RSVP for Henry Oster.
As a young boy, author Henry Oster of The Kindness of the Hangman survived deprivation in the Lodz Ghetto, a life-or-death selection in the Birkenau extermination camp, a firing squad in Auschwitz, and starvation in Buchenwald. Of 2,011 Jews uprooted from Cologne, Germany in 1941, Oster is one of only two survivors. Lecture will be followed by Q&A and then light refreshments in the oneg room. Sponsors: Morris and Bobbie Collen Endowment Fund, Israel and World Jewry Committee, and Anshei Isaiah. This event is free and open to the public.
To hear the audio recording, visit https://soundcloud.com/temple-isaiah/henryoster
Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest
Topic: “On Water, Human Trafficking and Israel’s Approach To These Problems”
Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Click here to RSVP for Ravit Baer.
Ravit Baer began her position here in the Bay Area in August, 2015 after serving for five years at the Department for Multilateral European Organization at the Europe Division. She was responsible for coordinating Israel’s cooperation with the European Union, NATO, OSCE, and UFM.
Ravit is a career diplomat at the Israeli Foreign Service since 2004. She served as the Deputy Head of Mission to the Israeli Embassy in the Ivory Coast (2005-2007) and to Cyprus (2007-2010). Prior to Joining the Israeli MFA, she served as a legal advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Ravit will share the Consulates work and main goals. With Israel’s strength in overcoming its own water crisis Ravit will share how this came to be and how Israel is helping other countries, including the United States and California, grapple with their own water resources. Ravit will also share how Israel is tackling the global challenge of human trafficking and is helping California to do the same.
“The Third Way” Film and Discussion
Friday, December 9 at 7pm Shabbat Services in the Sanctuary
Shalom Hartman Institute
Mimi Epstein Memorial Lecture
Sunday, January 22 with 4pm Reception in the Oneg room and 4:30pm Lecture in the Sanctuary and 6pm Neighbor to Neighbor dinner.
Lecture details at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/specialguests
RSVP for the Neighbor to Neighbor dinner at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/n2n
Tu BiSh’vat Seder
Saturday, February 11 at 10:30am in the Oneg room
On the 15th day of the month Shvat, the Jewish community celebrates the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year for the Trees”. We celebrate and honor the sacred connection between Judaism and nature. We remember the teaching from the Torah that “the tree of the fields is humankind’s life” (Deuteronomy 20:19).
While the holiday has changed over the centuries, today in the U.S., many congregations mark the holiday as a call to action. While we celebrate our relationship with nature, it is also time to earn and think about our impact on the world around us and change how we treat the planet and everyone on it, to make a better world. However you celebrate Tu B’shvat, this holiday is an opportunity to savor and appreciate the bounty of this world, and to give thanks for all the ways that trees provide us with food, shelter, beauty, air, and valuable life lessons.
In doing this Seder, we want to include everyone’s ideas and therefore throughout the Seder we will stop for reflective questions and meditations. We want you to comment so that each of you feels the relevance of Tu B’Shvat to his/her life. The Israel World Jewry Committee will be sponsoring the Seder meal. We will recite Kaddish for those remembering loved ones.
Israel 360-A Closer Look through Media with Ilan Vitemberg
The Voice: Israel – February 22
On the Map – March 29
Shirei Moledet: The Home Land – April 19
All at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
New Israel Fund (NIF) with Speaker Daniel Sokatch
Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
“Israel, The U.S. and a New Era of Progressive Organizing”
The Israel and World Jewry Committee Presents an evening with New Israel Fund (NIF) CEO Daniel Sokatch Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00pm in the Adult Lounge. CEO Sokatch will focus on how under difficult circumstances, NIF with their Israeli partners have developed a series of effective strategies to create an opening for Israel’s future leaders to further emphasize more democratic norms in all aspects of Israeli society. He will discuss current examples of how they have organized, built coalitions and have turned setbacks into opportunities to grow their base. They have found the courage to stand for what they, and we, believe in even when the cost was high. He will help us to turn to our Israeli colleagues to draw lessons from the work they have done to push back against aspects of their leadership, which over the past seven years has shown increasing disdain for many of our shared democratic values. He will help us on the path to understanding what we can do during these difficult times worldwide to help Israel and the United States become even more democratic and inclusive countries. These events are free of charge and open to the public. Presentation followed by discussion and light refreshments. Please RSVP at http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4DAFAD2AA5F49-israel1
“Bridging Identities: LGBTQ, Jewish and Pro-Israel”
Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Yom HaAtzmaut celebration at Shabbatarama
Friday, May 5 at 5:45pm in the Social Hall