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Israel Affairs

B’nai Israel has long defined itself as an Israel-centric congregation, eager to connect and engage with Israel and Israelis.  Our Israel Affairs programming offer members of the congregation the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish State and immerse themselves into the process of shaping Israeli society.

If you would like to be included in our Israel Affairs listserv, please contact Netta Asner-Minster.

Netta Asner-Minster, Congregational Shlicha

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Zikaron Packets for Yom HaZikaron

In honor of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day which begins Tuesday evening, April 13 (see details below), our shlicha, Netta Asner-Minster, will distribute “Zikaron packets.” Each packet includes information about a soldier, lyrics to a song written by or about the individual, and a memorial candle. Sign-up and pick-up times of the packets will be announced. 

Tekes Ma'avar
Wednesday, April 13
7:15 PM

Join our shlicha, Netta Asner-Minster, for a short ceremony bridging Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day with Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. During this ceremony Netta will be sharing how to use the Zikaron packets that were distributed, as well as demonstrate the difficult and unique transition from grief to celebration.

Support the institutions of the Conservative Movement and sustain the Jewish soul!

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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