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A Message From The Israel Engagement Committee

Affirming our 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

The Adas Israel Israel Action Committee has planned an array of offerings for this spring. We will delve into three core aspects of Israel- Land (Eretz), People (Am) and State (Medinah), as well as celebrate and mark essential days on the calendar with meaning and music.


Partnership in Eretz Yisrael (Torat Olam – Aretz)
with MakomDC

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Partnership in Eretz Yisrael takes and demands many facets - partners on the ground, partners across borders, partners in America. We will explore these elements and their complexities through monthly cohort-based learning groups that will generally meet on 2nd or 4th Tuesday evenings. Each of the 4 groups will be led by Adas clergy and outside facilitators. A closing siyyum will be held on June 12 for all group participants to gather together.


Conversations L’Shem Shamayim
with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Rabbi Shira Stutman
This group will be formed around individuals who have lots of Israel experience, knowledge and passion, but want to engage productively with those who embody deeply different narratives. Group size limited.

Hartman iEngage
with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Tuesdays, In-Person @ 7:30pm, 11/30, 12/21, 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/7
Merging a brand new Hartman curriculum, Foundations,  focusing on homeland, diaspora and their intersection in Jewish thought with the popular iEngage series participants will explore the meaning of homeland and diaspora, peace and conflict in Israeli/Palestinian reality through a Jewish lens and the multiplicity of values that animate our attitudes and actions. Group size limited.

Book Club
with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Tuesdays, Virtually @ 12pm, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10
Over the course of the year we’ll explore, discuss, and partner in understanding foundational pieces of literature, philosophy, analysis and narrative covering a broad range of authors, from Early Zionists, to Palestinian storytellers, & modern day scholars. Group size limited.

*Books to be purchased or Checked out of library by participants:

  1. Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth (Noa Tishby)
  2. Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted (Daniel Sokatch)
  3. Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict (Amy Marcus) 
  5. The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity (Micah Goodman) 
  6. Apeirogon: A novel (Colum McCann)
  7. The Hilltop (Assaf Gavron) 
  8. Dancing Arabs (Sayed Kashua)

    101 Class
    with Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
    Thursdays, Virtually @ 12pm, 11/11, 12/9, *Tue 1/11, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12
    If you’ve always wanted to enter the conversation, but haven’t known where to start, this is for you. We will delve thoughtfully into the historical movements, pivotal events, and foundational ideas from the last 150 years that brought us to this current moment. Group size limited.



State (Medina): Unpacking the Abraham Accords  —Co-Sponsored with AJC

May 9 at 11:00am 

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Join us and the American Jewish Committee as we present a panel of experts including Amb. Dan Shapiro, Ahdeya Ahmed Al-Sayed, president of the Bahrain Journalists Association and Laziza Dalil, vice president of Mimouna to unpack and assess the impact, possibilities & challenges for Israel and her neighbors presented by the Abraham Accords.



Video Archive: Can the Trump Peace Plan Lead to Peace? with Dr. Robert Satloff

On February 5th we welcomed Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, to the Biran Beit Midrash. 

Click the video on the left for a playback of his talk on the Trump Peace Plan. "Three years in the making, President Trump has unveiled his blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian peace. At its core, the plan envisions Israel retaining all of its existing settlements and controlling about 30 percent of the West Bank, with the Palestinians potentially creating an independent, demilitarized state on the balance of the land."


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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