Posts Categorized: Israel Affairs

“Rockin’ Yom Haatzamut” report

The May 13 “Rockin’ Yom Haatzamut” was a stunning achievement for Congregation Beth Ami with well over 100 congregants and friends gathering to celebrate the anniversary of Israel’s independence.  The celebration was made possible through support from the Jewish Federation, the volunteer efforts of perhaps two dozen congregants, and cooperative planning by the Israel Committee,… Read more »

Join us Friday, May 13th for a Rockin’ Israel Independence Celebration

Rockin’ Yom HaAtzmaut at Beth Ami – Friday, May 13 A Sonoma County-wide event – Everyone welcome Celebrate Israel’s Independence with a joyous musical Shabbat evening at Congregation Beth Ami. The celebration will start at 4:00 and includes special programs for children, an Israeli wine and cheese reception for adults, henna and face painting, dinner… Read more »

Scholars in Residence Weekend with 3 Dynamic Speakers from StandWithUs

2016 SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND Three Dynamic Speakers from STANDWITHUS Johanna Wilder • Michael Harris • Max Samarov JANUARY 16 AND 17 • Congregation Beth Ami 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Mark your calendars so you won’t miss the 2016 Scholars-in-Residence weekend at Beth Ami.  Three dynamic speakers from StandWithUs will keep us informed on… Read more »

Who should define anti-Semitism? by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

reprinted from “Anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism”  – Pope Francis “I think a good baseline [for when anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism] is: Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for… Read more »

By Bob Raful….

In mid-June I obtained a copy of a mid-year status report from the Birthright Israel Foundation ( the backstory at the end of this note). I have known about, and been interested in, Taglit-Birthright Israel for many years; and have explained, encouraged, gotten personal feedback from a variety of potential and actual participants. It is… Read more »

Media Bias Workshops a Stunning Success

Honest Reporting Media Bias Workshops a Stunning Success  The Israel Committee members were nervously optimistic. Yes, a lot of people are interested in Israel. Yes, a lot of people note a wide gap between the media’s treatment of Israel and other countries. Still, we weren’t sure how many people would show up. Would our great… Read more »

Israel Committee Upcoming Events

Jan 9-11 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Gary Kenzer, Executive Director, Honest Reporting  FREE Enjoy a weekend of learning and doing with HonestReporting’s USA Executive Director Gary Kenzer.  The first national North American Executive Director of Honest Reporting, Mr. Kenzer has been working for the organization since September 2006. Previously, he was national director for Magen David Adom… Read more »