Israel

Celebrating Israeli Culture

Tu BiShevat Community Celebration at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (RZJHS)
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Each year on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat we join Jews all over the world in observation of this agricultural festival which is also known as “The Birthday of the Trees.” Join us as we celebrate the first buds of spring with study and sustenance from the variety of fruits that grow on trees.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Shabbat Service: Celebrating Israel’s Independence 
Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:15 p.m. Matzah Ball Oneg, 6:00 p.m. Service
The modern state of Israel is a miracle. Our festive celebration in honor of Israel’s independence will continue after Shabbat services.

Teen Mission to Kolin & Israel

BJBE 2018 Teen Mission to Kolin and Israel
June 14-June 25, 2018

Led by BJBE clergy and Ezra Kedar, we’ll tend to the graves of those who once prayed with our Kolin Torah Scrolls in the Czech Republic, visit Terezin Concentration Camp, and stroll the streets of picturesque Prague. We will then journey home to Israel where we’ll savor as much of our beautiful country as possible, from the Knerret in the North, to Masada in the South, and beautiful Jerusalem at the heart.

Click here to download the information packet.

For more information, please contact Dani Glass or 847.940.7575.

Israel Committee

The BJBE Israel Committee presents programs and activities to promote the BJBE community's knowledge, awareness, and support of the State of Israel.  The committee works with congregants who seek to travel to Israel for various reasons, including tourists, students, and volunteers. For further information contact Israel Committee chair Marla Goldberg.

Israel Education & Hebrew

Israel Education

Understanding Our World: What’s Happening in the Middle East
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 
Instructor: Lital Rosenberg, Midwest Synagogue Initiative Director, AIPAC
We live in a complex world. There are shifting economic and political power structures world over, communities are struggling with new understandings of identity, and each week seems to bring new surprises, crises, and opportunities. We will try to sort out what is happening, what is going to happen, and what we can do about it. (This is the third part of a three-part series. Learn more >>)

Israel: The Early State
Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Weinberg, Temple Beth Israel

(These classes are part of Symposium. Learn more >>)

Hebrew Classes

Hebrew classes for adults are taught by Ezra Kedar at BJBE. For a list of schedules and fees, please contact the BJBE office: 847-940-7575.

Beginning Conversational Hebrew - NEW CLASS!
This class is for adults who want to learn the basics of conversational Hebrew.
Sundays, September 10-December 3, 2017, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Advanced Beginning Conversational Hebrew
This class is for adults who have mastered Hebrew reading and are ready to learn how to comfortably carry on a simple Hebrew conversation.                       

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew
Amaze yourself with how much fun you’ll have speaking Hebrew! Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of basic conversational Hebrew and ability to write Hebrew script.

Advanced Conversational Hebrew
This class is for people who can begin to hold a full conversation in Hebrew and who write Hebrew script competently. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational Hebrew.

Israel/Israeli Culture Programs

Yom Ha’atzmaut Shabbat Service: Celebrating Israel’s Independence

Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The modern state of Israel is a miracle. Our festive celebration in honor of Israel’s independence will continue after Shabbat services.

Pro-Israel Advocacy

AIPAC at BJBE
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening in support of Israel with award winning author Matti Friedman. Matti’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and other honors.  His reporting has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and the Caucasus, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.  BJBE’s annual AIPAC event provides us another opportunity to show our love for Israel, as one of our congregation’s core values. 
Contact: Noel Hara

AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
March 4-6, 2018
Join Rabbi Kedar and a delegation of BJBE congregants for three days of confirming the support and connection between the United States and Israel at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Annual Conference. Over 13,000 people are expected to be at the conference. We will hear from leading U.S and Israeli officials as well as from many experts in international relations. We will also have the opportunity to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives. 
Contact: Howard Schneider

ARZA: The Association of Reform Zionists of America
ARZA enriches the Jewish identity of Reform Jews in America by ensuring that a connection with Israel is a fundamental part of that identity. Its mission includes support and advocacy for a Jewish, pluralistic, just and democratic society in the State of Israel. 
Contact: Doris Schyman and Lynn Wax

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At BJBE, Israel is not simply a committee or program; it is a core value. We express this through our commitment to educational symposiums, cultural events, a robust Hebrew curriculum for adults, and yearly congregational trips to Israel. We offer both adult and family trips, as well as a triennial pilgrimage to Kolin, Czech Republic, birthplace of one of our Holocaust Torah scrolls. BJBE is proud to partner with such organizations as Jewish National Fund (JNF), Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), and American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

We work to enhance the connection between BJBE members and the people, culture, and language of the Jewish state. If you would like to get involved, contact Noel Hara.

 

The Beit Cafe

Every three years, our teens go on a mission to Kolin & Israel. Led by BJBE clergy and staff, we tend to the graves of those who once prayed with our Kolin Torah Scrolls in the Czech Republic, visit Terezin Concentration Camp, and stroll the streets of picturesque Prague. We will then journey home to Israel where we’ll savor as much of our beautiful country as possible, from the Knerret in the North, to Masada in the South, and beautiful Jerusalem at the heart. 

Your support of the Beit Cafe will help subsidize the cost of the trip for our teens. Thank you!

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