Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More
Kesher Israel Committee

Kesher/Israel Committee

Mission Statement: The mission of this committee is to enhance the commonality of Jewish life between Israel and the Diaspora. We seek to establish and strengthen relationships between members of Temple Beth El and members of Progressive congregations and institutions in Israel.


Through this connection we will: – develop relationships with members of Temple Beth El and members of Progressive congregations in Israel – Exchange information and ideas – Provide opportunities for visits between congregations – Explore ways to share educational experiences.  A spirit of inclusion, individual autonomy, gender equity and social justice will guide these efforts.


Below are three links to new sources for information in Israel.


Demand the UN recognize Jewish history on the Temple Mount

The UN’s attempt to erase Jewish history at the Temple Mount has shocked and energized the community. We wanted to give you a chance to add your name and tell your friends and family.

A UN body passed a resolution erasing Jewish historical connection to the Temple Mount, the most sacred site in Judaism.

Israel’s enemies are waging a diplomatic war against the Jewish state at the UN. If we don’t act now, Judaism could lose its place at its most sacred site and Israel’s standing in Jerusalem could be in danger. In the face of this travesty, we must stand up for Israel.

Join us and demand the UN explicitly recognize Judaism’s history on the Temple Mount and Western Wall

Thank you for your support,

The Kesher Israel Committee

Come to an informal BYO lunch and learning session, at 11:30 am in the TBE Community Court.

Creating a Connection with Someone in Israel

Would you like to develop a connection with someone in Israel? The Kesher Israel Committee is searching for people to build a one-on-one connection with folks from our Sister Congregation, Emet VeShalom, in Naharyia, Israel. Communication will be carried on, via Skype, in either English, Hebrew or Spanish.

If you’d like to sign on, and/or need more information, please contact either Joanna Berke: jbee199914@aol.com, or Sherry Minkus: sherryminkus@gmail.com.

Kehillat Emet veShalom

Kehillat Emet veShalom is Israel’s northernmost outpost of Progressive Judaism and Nahariya’s only non-orthodox synagogue. Nahariya, located on Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast, between Acre and Rosh Hanikra on Lebanon’s border, has a diverse population and a rich history. Now celebrating its 45th year, Emet VeShalom is one of the oldest Reform communities in Israel.

We serve a diverse mix of native Israelis and Jews from around the world, including North America, Europe, South America, and Russia.

At Emet veShalom all join together in a vibrant Reform community, sharing an egalitarian, progressive and inclusive approach to Judaism.

Emet VeShalom’s location on Israel’s northern border – Nahariya, is considered a confrontation line city – sometimes poses great difficulties for our congregants as well as other residents in the area. Therefore, it is essential to have a Reform synagogue that offers northern Israelis a place to express Jewish religious and spiritual identity in an open environment. Both women and men, daughters and sons, have the chance to celebrate life cycle events and share in a complete religious life on an equal basis.


TZUR HADASAH: Temple Beth El’s Sister Synagogue

Kehliat Tzur Hadassah is Temple Beth El’s Sister Synagogue in Israel and is located 12 &1/2 miles outside of Jerusalem. It is a Progressive (combination Reform and Conservative) synagogue, which, until two years ago, operated out of shipping crates. Thanks to funding from the Israeli government they now have a true, totally green synagogue. The Kesher Israel Committee interacts with Tzur Hadassah by sending folks to visit, forming personal connection with congregants and keeping up with the well being of its members.  For more information contact Joanna Berke at jbee199914@aol.com or 608-845-2434.