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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

Participate in Upcoming Israel Events & Policy Conferences in DC!

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!

From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman

Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Temple Rodef Shalom

Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?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.


(NSL) New Story Leadership Fundraiser: 
A land Twice Promised Performance by Noa Baum

Saturday, February 9 @ 5:30pm Register Here

St. Johns Norwood Church in Chevy Chase

Storyteller Noa Baum, an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States, weaves together their memories and their mothers' stories. She creates a moving testimony illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.


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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