Klal Yisrael is the sense of community amongst the world’s Jews. CRS’s Israel Committee has been dedicated to strengthening our Congregation’s understanding of and relationship with Israel. Through congregational trips, Shabbat dinners, speakers, films, special events, participation in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, and voting in the World Zionist Congress elections, there is a strong bond built. A major Committee endeavor is the support of organizations in Israel. We not only strengthen them and our relationship with them but more importantly, we contribute to the overall strengthening of Jewish life and, in particular, Reform Jewish life in Israel.
The Israel Committee chooses two organizations or projects in Israel to receive donations from the CRS community, one within the Reform movement in Israel and one more broadly focused. Each year, the selection process alternates so that, in effect, each project receives two years of support. In addition to being asked to contribute, congregants are invited to participate in the process.
The Israel Committee convenes every other month from September – May to plan programs and move through our grant process. All congregants are invited to join us!
Support Israel Mitzvah Projects
CRS & RSS Joint Statement
Dr. Brandon Friedman’s Reading List
Senior Research Fellow and the Director of Research at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University.
1) Background on the Sheikh Jarrah dispute:
2) The background to the escalation in April-May, before the war:
(This piece takes the timeline for recent events back further in time)
3) A short educational video on the importance of the Temple Mount and Al Aqsa to both Jews and Muslims:
4) Short videos on Israeli efforts to limit collateral damage during strikes on Hamas in Gaza:
(A building owner in Gaza talking to Israeli officials about evacuating his occupants before a pending strike)
(clip of an interview with the recently replaced director of UNRWA in Gaza)
4) Background on Qatari money and Hamas:
5) A strategic framework for the Palestinian issue (this represents a centrist Israeli plan in the absence of a settlement to the conflict)
6) The state of the Palestinian national movement:
7) Israeli public opinion about the recent war:
8) Categories of commentary:
9) Israeli political analysts/journalists/publications to follow in English:
10) Authoritative histories of the Arab-Israeli conflict by Israelis that were written for a general audience:
11) An interview with Naftali Bennett:
12) The new Pew Report on American Jewry (this is what Israelis are discussing):
“Jewish Americans in 2020,” Pew Research Center, May 11, 2021.
13) Elie Podeh, Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab Israeli Conflict (University of Texas Press, 2015).
Prayers for Israel
Looking towards the High Holy Days, we are pleased to share with you the following video of the Prayer for the State of Israel, from Miskhan Hanefesh page 274 for your services this year, read by two recent Leo Baeck High School graduates:
Mika Mazor, from Haifa (mixed Arab-Jewish city)
Mullan Nasseraldeen, from Daliyat el-Karmel, a Druze town