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Israel Engagement Initiative

A Message From The Israel Engagement Committee

Affirming our Community's Commitment to Israel and the World

We are very excited to share with you some plans in the making to affirm our commitment to Israel through a new Israel Engagement Initiative at Adas—one where we can live up to our congregation’s potential as a leader in the Jewish world.  We can and must find ways to model a new way of bringing disparate views and narratives together, where we can inspire others to live not at arm’s length from Israel, but together—with all our differences—in a relationship of love and respect for one another and for Israel.

Together we’ll learn, listen, discuss, grow, experiment and experience—all in service of deepening our individual and congregational relationships with Israel.  

Rabbis Aaron Alexander and Lauren Holtzblatt, Senior Rabbis

Up-coming Israel Events & Policy Conferences in DC. Participate!

Adas Israel’s Israel Engagement Committee encourages all members to deepen their involvement with Israel. In the coming months, three leading American Jewish organizations concerned with Israel policy will be having major conferences right here in DC. Take these opportunities to learn and act – whatever your perspective or background!

How do Jewish values, Jewish politics and our sense of community intersect during these polarizing times? With Yehuda Kurtzer

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register Here

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute North America are proud to launch our innovative multi-year partnership, with an evening of conversation featuring Yehuda Kurtzer to explore:

The Moral, the Political and the Partisan: Jewish Community and Jewish Values in an Era of Polarization

Presented by: Yehuda Kurtzer, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

The corrosive nature of partisanship in American political culture is the central threat to Jews in America today. We are at a critical juncture for a new conversation, one that asks us to consider how our political choices as Jews implicate our collective identity as Jews in America. In our quest to thrive, what is lost and what is gained by what appears to be a dismantling of the American civic project?

Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Federation is proud to partner with The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, one of the leading centers of Jewish thought and education serving Israel and world Jewry. Together, we will offer Greater Washington’s Jewish community members meaningful opportunities to explore the most pressing questions facing the Jewish community today, including Jewish identity, Israel-Diaspora relationships and civic engagement. Learn more about the partnership here.



An Evening with Yossi Klein Halevi
A Special AIPAC Event: 70 Years of Friendship

Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Join us as we celebrate a special evening with AIPAC and Senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Yossi Klein Halevi. Halevi co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University. He has written several books, including Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, which won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. He also writes for the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic. Born in New York, Halevi has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.


Israel-related News and Information

American Jews have a wide variety of sources available for news and information regarding Israel. Unfortunately, many of us limit our reading to the media that reflect our own perspectives on controversial subjects. We present the resources listed below (and more to come in the future) in the hope that exposure to a diverse set of respected voices will be conducive to mutual understanding and productive discourse in our community.

  • Haaretz is Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.  It is know for its liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues.
  • The Jerusalem Post is an English language publication based in Jerusalem.  Under a variety of editors in recent years, it generally has had a centrist or conservative perspective.
  • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is an international news agency and wire service serving Jewish community newspapers and media around the world.  It claims no allegiance to any specific branch of Judaism or political viewpoint. 
  • The Times of Israel is an English-language on-line publication that aspires to an independent editorial position.
  • Ynetnews is the online English-language Israeli news website of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most-read newspaper.  Yedioth Ahronoth is considered centrist by many.

Israel Embassy
News feed of the Embassy of Israel in the United States
Background information on Israel from the Embassy

CIA World Fact Book
The World Factbook: Israel provides extensive basic imformation about Israel.

Jewish Agency for Israel
This link is to the educational resources provided by the Jewish Agency.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
The Israel Committee of the USCJ offers information about the Conservative Movement in Israel and other topics.

United States Institute for Peace
This institute, created by the Congress of the United States, provides information on the peace process in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

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