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Israel

Connection to and support of Israel is one of Temple Aliyah’s five foundational pillars.

History- It is important to understand the history of the Jewish people in its relationship to the land of Israel.  Through the years of forced Diaspora the Jewish people always hoped for a return to their homeland.  This dream became a reality in 1948 with the founding of the State of Israel.

Current events- In its struggle for regional recognition and security, the political landscape of Israel has become very complicated.   We encourage every congregant to become knowledgeable in the current events of Israel in order to, where appropriate, take a stand.  We are a congregation that encourages civil dialogue on all issues.

Action- We are in the process of forming an Israel Action Committee that will schedule Israel programs and organization social action projects to benefit various organizations in Israel.  If you are interested in joining this committee please contact our Rabbinic Intern Scott Shafrin at sshafrin@templealiyah.org.

AIPAC (American Israel  Public Affairs Committee)- In an attempt to continue the strong support of the United States government to support the security of Israel, we have an active group of congregants who support the efforts of AIPAC through membership, attending a Valley dinner and sending delegates to the annual Policy Conference in Washington D.C.  If you would like information regarding AIPAC please contact Anna Williman the synagogue office.    http://www.aipac.org/

Masorti- Masorti is the name of the Conservative movement around the world (aside from North America).  Masorti means “traditional” and refers to the goal of retaining the traditional observances the Jewish people.  Temple Aliyah supports the efforts of the Masorti movement in Israel through our participation in an annual dinner and encouraging congregants to donate on their own.  http://www.masorti.org/donate.php

Mercaz- is the Zionist membership organization of the Conservative Movement, the voice of Conservative Jewry within the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Zionist Movement and the Jewish National Fund to support religious pluralism in Israel and strengthen the connection between Israel and the Diaspora.  Each member of Mercaz increases the power and ability of the Conservative movement to influence decisions and gain financial support.  We encourage our members to join Mercaz, either on our synagogue membership form for by contacting Mercaz directly.    http://www.mercazusa.org/

Israel bonds- In support of the State of Israel, Temple Aliyah engages in an annual High Holy Days Israel bond drive.   Whenever Temple Aliyah members purchase Israel bonds we encourage them to indicate Temple Aliyah synagogue affiliation (if possible) in order to recognize our congregational support for this important endeavor.
Los Angeles Office (800) 922-6637  Email: losangeles@israelbonds.com

Support the IDF – Support the IDF by joining Friends of the IDF.  www.fidf.org.

Thank an Israeli Soldier – Send a care package and personal letter through Thank Israeli Soldiers. By participating, you will give a soldier a boost of pride and motivation along with the great feeling that someone overseas truly appreciates their service. www.thankisraelisoldiers.com/

Jewish National Fund – Support JNF and make a difference in the land of Israel. JNF builds and supports Israel thought its work with Forestry & Ecology, Security, Education, Community Development, Water, Tourism & Recreation, and Research and development. http://www.jnf.org

Support Israeli Businesses – Advocate for Israel’s economy by mentoring and opening doors for Israeli technology companies through the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, go to www.aiccse.org.

Buy Israel Goods – Support Israel’s economy by purchasing Israeli products when possible. www.buyisraelgoods.org

Israeli Marketplace By Made in Israel – All the products in the online Israel Marketplace store are from Israel and when you shop, the Israeli vendors, artists, and manufacturers receive proceeds which tremendously support the Israeli people. http://israelmarketplace.com/

Shop A Fada – A creative and dynamic worldwide effort to buy Israeli products and demonstrate to Israel’s enemies the passionate, unwavering international support for the Jewish state. Coordinated by more than 100 leading Israeli manufacturers offering over 8,000 products, every purchase made during this special campaign will help support Israel’s economy at this critical time. http://www.shop-a-fada.com/

Watch the Live Kotel (Western Wall) Cam
http://english.thekotel.org/cameras.asp

Read the Israeli Newspapers