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.  



Digging deeper into the worldwide dialogue on Israel
In encouraging you to go beyond the sound bites of the media, Stefan Pienkny of the Israel Committee has researched and written the following: "One Step Towards Peace: Scarlett Johansson, the SodaStream Controversy, and BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions)"



COUNTDOWN TO FAMILY TRIP IN ISRAEL…

On June 11th, Rabbi Judy and twenty nine congregants went on our Annual Beth El family trip to Israel. 
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.



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.