Israel & Temple Beth El



My heart is in the East, while I am at the edge of the West. 
-  Yehuda HaLevy

At Temple Beth El, we place central importance on our connection to Israel.  The Israel Committee brings us to Israel and Israel to us by sponsoring events for all ages, amazing programs and speakers.  


COUNTDOWN TO FAMILY TRIP IN ISRAEL…

On June 11th, Rabbi Judy and twenty nine congregants will be heading off on our Annual Beth El family trip to Israel.  We’ll posting photos along the way.

In Spring of 2015, we will be having our Temple Beth El/Myers Park Baptist Church Interfaith Trip.  For more information contact Debora Gluick at Dgluick@beth-el.com.

In June of 2015, Rabbi Jonathan will be leading our 2015 Annual Beth El family trip to Israel.

Here are four Questions About Israel You Can Add To Your Seder…

Four Questions Surrounding Our Own and the World’s Relationship with Israel

     In a world where tyranny reigns from Syrian to North Korea, why does our homeland of Israel continually fall victim to defamation of character with continuous calls for condemnation and boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS)?
     In a complex history filled with varying narratives, why are so many people trapped in hearing only one voice, one side, and one story?
     In Israel we find both the heavenly Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel malah) and the earthly Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel matah). The heavenly Jerusalem is filled with sacred sites, pilgrims from every corner of the globe, and technological advances that save lives, feed the hungry, create global connectivity, and heal our planet. The earthly Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel matah) is filled with the challenges that face any modern progressive political state. When Israel’s
citizens write opinion pieces every day questioning their leadership, why do we not feel comfortable pondering
aloud our own struggles with their daily actions?
     In a faith where we call Elijah to bring about a brighter future at every Passover and at the end of Shabbat and where we transform the phrase “Next Year in Jerusalem” into “next year may we live in a world of peace,” why do it seem that so many people have given up on the possibility of peace?


Four Questions on Israel from Four Faith Perspectives
The Muslim asks: "Why can't the land be mine?"
The Jew asks: "Why is Israel judged so harshly?"
The Christian asks: "For what should I pray when it comes to Israel?"
The Outsider asks: "Why can't there just be peace?"




JOIN THE ISRAEL COMMITTEE AND HELP PROMOTE ISRAEL        
Please call the Temple office (704-366-1948) and provide your contact information.
What we do...

EXPOSE TEMPLE AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY'S FAMILIES OF ALL AGES TO ISRAEL
WITH AN EMPHASIS ON OUR YOUTH.

Annual Israel Shabbat sponsorship 
Participation in Jewish Federation community observances such as Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut.
TBE & Temple Solel is helping to sponsor an Israeli Cooking workshop, a movie and possible gathering of past trip participants this year.

ORGANIZE TRIPS TO ISRAEL
Nothing builds and maintains our connection to Israel like a trip there!  

PROVIDE GENERAL PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION ABOUT ISRAEL

- Promote Israel to youth such as writing articles, participating in JewTube, Religious School, BYOB, etc.
- Maintain links and educational resources on the Temple Beth El website available to all.
- Enlist the Community Schlicha and/or other available educational speakers such as Dr. Steve Shoemaker.
 
SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM IN ISRAEL
- Fostering strong relations via our WebSite and other communication and publicity with Birkat Shalom in Gezer.
- Giving a financial donation and/or promotion International Memberships of $180 to Birkat Shalom
- Showing support to "Women of the Wall" and other forms of Judaism in Israel 


Pictured Below:  At our Congregational Shabbat, a number of TBE women posed for a group photograph in our lovely Blumenthal Sanctuary and uploaded it to the Women of the Wall website.  We are sharing in their struggle to obtain equal access to the Western Wall for all Jews.  Follow the instructions on this link if you would like to write your own words of support or send a photo.