B’nai Israel has long defined itself as an Israel-centric congregation, eager to connect and engage with Israel and Israelis. Programs like Conversation Israel and the annual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration offer members of the congregation the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish State and immerse themselves into the process of shaping Israeli society. Our Israel Connection e-Newsletter offers alerts and information about how you can get more involved. If you would like to be included in this listserv, please contact Susan.
MASORTI the congregational arm of the Conservative Movement in Israel, supports a pluralistic, egalitarian, and democratic vision for Judaism and Israel. The more than 70 Masorti congregations throughout Israel are a primary address for many of the religious and social needs of the 80% of the Israeli population who are not Orthodox. Unlike Orthodox congregations, Masorti’s spiritual services, b’nai mitzvah programs, nursery schools, camps, youth groups, and social services receive no support from the Israeli government. Your contribution to Masorti is critical to help sustain a “third way” — not secular Judaism, not ultra-Orthodoxy.
There are two ways to contribute. Support the movement as a whole or contribute directly to our sister congregation, Ya’ar Ramot in Jerusalem. Contributors of $120 or more to Ya’ar Ramot will become overseas members of that congregation. We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Arnie Bender of Ya’ar Ramot to B’nai Israel on Tuesday evening, September 27.
Mercaz is the Conservative Movement’s party in the World Zionist Organization. Your membership in Mercaz enables the movement to secure millions of dollars of funding from the Jewish Agency for movement programs. Mercaz is one of the strongest voices in Israel on issues of Jewish pluralism.
Click here to download the Masorti/Mercaz flyer.
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