June 11, 2015
URJ-Kesher Trips to Israel

As our congregational trip will soon be traveling to Israel, URJ-Kesher and Taglit-Birthright trips are other opportunities for travel to Israel. URJ Kesher is a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organizer. Each trip is 10-days and absolutely free. Eligible participants are Jewish, ages 18-26 and seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Israel. URJ Kesher is part of Reform Judaism. Their programs are inclusive, open-minded & inspiring. See their website to sign up for Winter trips. You can also visit the Taglit-Birthright website for other travel opportunities.

Sign Up for 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference
March 20-22, 2016, Washington D.C.

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community's preeminent annual gathering and attracts more than 14,000 community and student activists from all 50 states, more than half of the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives, and countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. Over three jam-packed days, participants hear from leading senators and congressmen, senior members of the Administration and world leaders. You can choose from hundreds of informative panel discussions featuring prominent journalists, diplomats and political figures and participate in the pro-Israel community's largest and most important advocacy day.


Beth Israel has purchased a block of tickets for its members -- you can SAVE up to $200 (pay $399 as compared with the regular price of $599) by joining our delegation, who will include Rabbi Michael Berk, Israel Committee Chair David Bark and Beth Israel President Mitch Siegler and his wife and Caring Community co-chair, Elizabeth (pictured here) among them.  (Travel and hotel reservations not covered.) Contact Rabbi Berk's office to sign up for these specially priced tickets.


The Genius of Jewish-Storytelling: A Literary Journey from the Bible to Modern Israel
July 16-August 6
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Beth Israel), or
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (LFJCC) 

Is there a distinct "Jewish" narrative? This class will consist of close reading of representative tales from the Bible, stories by S.A. Agnon, the only Hebrew Nobel Prize winner, and other distinguished contemporary Israeli writers Amos Oz, Aharon Appelfeld, and David Grossman. Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy is a Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut and the Director, Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies in University of Connecticut, Stamford. Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65. Beth Israel Member discount of $65 for Beth Israel location only. Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154 or online.


Israel: Retrospect and Prospect
August 13 - September 3
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Beth Israel)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (LFJCC)

Instructor Professor Sanford Lakoff will examine four topics, one in each class: 1) Zionism and the rebirth of Israel from Herzl to Ben-Gurion; 2) Israel's struggles for survival and its emergence as a regional military power; 3) The social, political, and economic changes that have reshaped the country and 4) The "peace process" from the rise of the PLO and Hamas to the Oslo Accords and the present impasse. Price: $80; JCC Member Price $65. Beth Israel Member discount of $65 for Beth Israel location only. Register by Phone or For More Info: Ilene Tatro, 858.362.1154 or online.

WZO Election Results Are In!
(ARZA, The Reform Israel Fund)

A RZA secured 56 seats out of a possible 145 - almost 40% of the U.S. delegation, and as many seats as the next two slates combined. ( Read the whole article. )

ReWalk's Benefits Extend Beyond Walking
(Start-Up Israel)

ReWalk allows independent walking for those with spinal cord injuries who are paralyzed below the waist. This movement is giving additional health benefits as they are now able to exercise, reducing heart disease risks. (Read the whole article here.)

Could New Drip Irrigation Technology End World Hunger?
(Start-Up Israel)

Israeli-Indian firm NaanJanDain's new rice watering system may help increase production. The article covers how they determined how much water rice really needed and the challenges they still face.

California Drought: What Would Israel Do?

Israeli startup NeoTop has come up with an innovative way to reduce water loss in reservoirs. Read about their technology and other ways to combat water scarcity.

Israeli Desalination Plant to Open Soon in Carlsbad
(AIPAC NewsHub)

A seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad built by Israel's IDE Technologies Ltd. working in cooperation with California company, Poseidon Resources Corp. has a projected completion date of late 2015. Visit the company website for more details.

Buy Israeli Goods!

B.I.G. is a partnership between StandWithUs and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce to support Israel through purchasing Israeli goods and services. For more information, visit the webpage at StandWithUs.

Build Your Connection to Israel!

Visit our page on the Beth Israel website for eleven different ways to strengthen your connection with Israel from how to become informed on the issues, to opportunities for tzedakah. ( Israel Connection page )

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