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October 10, 2015 | 27th Tishrei 5776

Successful Congregational Israel Programs

Many URJ congregations have Israel-related programs listed in the Communicate! program bank.

Visit Communicate! and search "Israel" to find more programs like these, or submit your own by sending an email with the program summary to

Yom HaAtzmaut Program: Learning About Israel through Her Diverse Ethnic Mosaic
Shaarei Beth El Congregation (120 households), Oakville, ON
In celebrating Israel's birthday, students learned about the country's diversity through experiential learning, visiting tents representing different ethnic and religious groups in Israel.

Israel's 60th Birthday Celebration
Congregation Beth Israel (969 households), West Hartford, CT
Our religious school hosted special programming for students, families and interested adults in celebration of Israel's birthday. [This summary includes a grade-by-grade curriculum and an Israel fact sheet.]

Project Ezra
Temple Beth El (250 households), Fort Myers, FL

The goals of this program are to give relief, in the form of groceries, to Israeli families suffering economically during difficult times; to bring awareness to Americans regarding the Israeli peoples' economic situation; and to illustrate to the Israeli people American Jews' commitment to standing beside them.

Not on a Silver Platter
Congregation M'Kor Shalom (1100 households), Cherry Hill, NJ

125 members took an incredible journey during which their and the congregation's appreciation of and connection to modern Israel was strengthened.

Central Synagogue (1441 households), New York, NY

We created a magazine (published three times a year) in which each issue was devoted to a singular topic. This allowed us to focus on specific areas of interest, including Israel.

Honor Mothers and Support Israel (with Roses!)
Temple B'nai B'rith (225 households), Kingston, PA
We combine two lovely traditions by presenting our mothers and grandmothers with flowers purchased directly from Israel. (The roses are actually grown in Moshav Sde Nitzan in the Negev.)

Israel Comes to TBT - The Ramat Gan Dance Troupe
Temple Beth Torah (411 households), Melville, NY
Ten days to experience, a lifetime to remember! That was the prevailing theme when the Ramat-Gan Dance Troupe from Israel spent ten days in residence at our congregation and thrilled our members with their spirit.

Let's Celebrate Israel - A Festival of Events
Temple Beth Elohim (270 households), Brewster, NY
The goal of the program was to involve every segment of our congregation in the exciting events and activities that "affirmed our historic bond to Eretz Yisrael."

"Trip" to Israel Fair
Adath Emanu-el (581 households), Mount Laurel, NJ

We created an elaborate "trip," complete with airplane ride and passport control, to expose the religious school students to various aspects of Israeli life.

Where in Israel is Rabbi Chaim San Diego?
Temple Beth David (700 households), Commack, NY
We put together a program that incorporates parents and children of multiple ages. Families gather to hear "Rabbi Chaim San Diego" speak. But when Rabbi San Diego calls to say he is lost in Israel, the "detectives," the children, have to solve clues about Israel to find the rabbi.

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