In June 2010, Temple Sholom put a formal mission in place to educate the community on Israel and to help create a bond between us and citizens of Israel.
Rabbi Mitch created a rabbinic council, co-chaired by Marshall Cooper and Amy Lipton. In addition to facilitating a link between Temple Sholom and Israel, the council was put in place to also ensure an effective and monitored holistic approach that provides educational and programmatic resources and effective avenues that will help establish cultural, professional, spiritual and economic ties to Israel and assist with effective advocacy on Israel's behalf.
Activism / Advocacy
Israel must never be prey to those who hate her and the Jewish people. Our response to anti-Zionism, which is anti-Semitism, needs to be quick and effective. We will seek appropriate communal partners to assist our members in how to increase their own awareness of the outstanding issues, and then be able to appropriately advocate on Israel's behalf. Temple Sholom will partner with mission-compatible organizations that encourage safe and secure borders for Israel and promote the ideals of Conservative Judaism.
- "Turmoil and Transformation in the Middle East: An Insider's Perspective" with the American Jewish Committee's National Executive Director David Harris, took place at Temple Sholom on September 15th, 2011. This program was presented in partnership with the Westchester Jewish Council, UJA-Federation of New York and UJA-Federation of Greenwich.
- The AIPAC High School Summit - Each year, teens from Temple Sholom travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the AIPAC Shusterman Leadership Summit and to begin to learn about lobbying on behalf of Israel at Capitol Hill. Only junior and senior year students may attend. If you would like information about the Summit, please email Rav David.
- The Annual AIPAC Policy Conference. For more information about next year's conference, please email Rabbi Mitch at [email protected].
Temple Sholom leads a mission to Israel every year. This year's trip will be from Dec. 24, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015 For more information contact Lori Baden, Senior Director of Membership and Programming, at 203-542-7172 or email [email protected].