Israel: A Toolkit

December 11, 2023Rachel Margolis, RJE

At the URJ, we aim to provide you with timely tools you can use in your congregations and communities. In this moment, we know that resources for discussing and understanding Israel are more important than ever.

In this toolkit, you will find resources about:

  • Talking to children about what is happening in Israel
  • Responding to anti-Zionist and antisemitic posts and questions
  • Having productive conversations about hard topics

Resources to share with your community

Below are resources to help community members talk about Israel and terrorism with their children, respond to antisemitic or anti-Israel posts online, and stay connected despite disagreements.

You can share these resources by:

  • Linking them in a newsletter
  • Discussing some of these ideas in a sermon, newsletter article, etc.
  • Holding space for parents/guardians to talk about parenting, using some of the tips/ideas from the blogs as starting points for conversations

Resources for Leaders

The Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), which aims to offer a supportive network while inspiring excellence and continual learning in Jewish education, regularly updates their spreadsheet of helpful articles, lessons, and curricula about Israel. You can access it here. The URJ's 4HQ Israel curriculum, written by Robbie Gringas, can be found here. Curricular resources can also be found on the Jewish Educator Project's Educator Portal and the iCenter website.

Civil Discourse: How to Facilitate Productive Conversations About Hard Topics will guide you in providing space for a productive conversation about Israel/Palestine.

For up-to-date events and actions you can read our "How you can support Israel" page on urj.org.

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