Vote!

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in israel-matters-blog

World Zionist Organization Elections

On Friday, October 24, 2014 we had the privilege of hosting Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA http://www.arza.org/ . At services that evening Rabbi Weinberg spoke eloquently about the indispensible work that ARZA does on behalf of the Reform Movement in Israel and the reasons why our votes in the upcoming World Zionist Organization elections are so important to Israel and to us. If you were unable to attend services that evening, you can listen to his words about ARZA and the elections

Or watch his full d'var Torah below

World Zionist Organization Elections

In 2015, American Jews have the opportunity to cast their vote for representation in the World Zionist Organization  (WZO)- a body that influences policies and the distribution of funds in Israel. Reform Jewish values - equality, pluralism and peace – can be more effectively championed by the WZO,  if the Reform Movement has strong representation . Learn more about how you can make a difference in this election at "Reform Jews 4 Israel".

Beth Lavranchuk
Israel Matters Chair
ChairIsraelMatters@TempleBethElNJ.org

ARZA President - Rabbi Josh Weinberg

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in israel-matters-blog

ARZA President - Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Join Rabbi Gluck and the Israel Matters Committee
to celebrate Shabbat on

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. for Erev Shabbat Services,
and our special guest Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA

Rabbi Weinberg will have much to share about the work of ARZA, the Reform Movement in Israel, and the upcoming World Zionist Congress Elections (for more information see the link below. ). He was ordained last November at the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Jerusalem. Prior to entering HUC, in addition, to many other experiences, Rabbi Weinberg was a gifted teacher for Eisendrath International Experience High School in Israel, a phenomenal program offered for High School students to duplicate their high school academic schedule as well as have a deep and meaningful opportunity to explore Jewish Studies by learning Hebrew and history both in the classroom and by traveling all over Israel.

We are so thrilled that Rabbi Weinberg can join us! It is an opportunity not to be missed. Please plan to attend and we encourage you to bring your children.

World Zionist Congress Elections
In 2015, American Jews have the opportunity to cast their vote for representation in the World Zionist Congress (WZC)- a body that influences policies and the distribution of funds in Israel. Reform Jewish values - equality, pluralism and peace – can be more effectively championed by the WZO, if the Reform Movement has strong representation . Learn more about how you can make a difference in this election at "Reform Jews 4 Israel" <-click it!

Beth Lavranchuk
Israel Matters Chair

Excursion to Philadelphia!

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in israel-matters-blog

Israeli-flagJoin the Israel Matters Committee
         on a full day excursion to Philadelphia!

  • Experience the Culinary Delights of Israel!
  • Participate in a Guided Tour of The American Jewish History Museum!

Enjoy the company of other Temple Beth-El members in a "daycation," departing at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 10, 2013 to Philadelphia. Going as a group of 15 or more allows us to arrange a guided tour of the fabulous American Jewish History Museum. After a visit lasting approximately 3 hours, we will go at about 4:30 p.m. to Zahav, an Israeli Restaurant that has become a premier dining spot in just a little over four years since it opened.

A recent reviewer wrote:

"No chef in the city is creating food as thrillingly personal and well-executed [...] His small plates at Zahav, meanwhile, are vivid, fresh, and inventive, whether it's a riff on Yemenite soup with braised turkey and baby turnips bathed in earthy fenugreek broth, or a nod to his Eastern European roots with house-smoked sable mounded atop fresh challah that oozes egg yolk when you take slice."

-- Philly.com

Going as a group affords us the opportunity to take advantage of the "small plates" style restaurant and expand the tasting selection.

Can you think of a better way to spend a late fall afternoon? We are arranging group transportation to leave from Temple Beth-El at 11:00 a.m. We will arrive at the museum at about 12:30 pm and then proceed to Zahav at about 4:30 pm. The exact times may need to be adjusted. The cost, including travel, admission to the museum and dinner is $82.00 for adults and $55.00 for children up to age 13.

If you would like to join us, reservations and payment are due as soon as possible. This will permit us to reserve the tour and restaurant as needed to guarantee our spot.

Hope you can join us!

Please RSVP to Susan Walters by email or call her at 908 722-0674.