Israel Matters Committee
The Israel Matters Committee currently consists of more than 40 members who share a passion for Israel. We provide and sponsor programming both within CBH and our regional community, and have internal “movie nights” at which we socialize and watch Israeli movies. To be on our mailing list or to inquire about joining our committee, please contact George Rooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israel Matters Mission Statement
The mission of Israel Matters, the only Israel committee of Congregation Bet Haverim, is to raise awareness about the Jewish homeland and Zionism through educational programs, cultural activities, cooperation with other Jewish institutions in the region including Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, and the involvement of local and visiting Israelis in our programs.
Israel Matters Goals:
1. Proactively support the security and well-being of Israel as a sovereign Jewish nation and actively oppose efforts to de-legitimize Israel.
2. Expose anti-Semitism that frequently masquerades as anti-Zionism.
3. Bring to light the double standards that are uniquely employed against Israel as it attempts to defend its citizens.
4. Provide our fellow congregants timely information about events taking place in Israel and information about how they can support Israel.
5. Increase knowledge about external and internal Israeli issues and discuss Israel’s position in the world.
6. Provide information about Israel’s numerous contributions to the arts and sciences in such fields as alternative energy, medicine, literature, agriculture, music, and technology.
Israel Matters Position on Internal Israeli Politics:
As a group, we do not take positions on internal Israeli politics. Our common interest is to provide historical perspective and accurate information about current events.
Israel Matters Plan of Action:
We accomplish these goals by inviting speakers on a wide variety of Israel-related topics, sponsoring social and cultural events, and disseminating pertinent information about Israel. Our programs include films, panels, entertainment, and other events.
Israel Matters Programming for July 2013 – June 2014 to be posted soon.
Our newest project is a fund-raising drive to help build a new bomb shelter for those in southern Israel who are constantly under missile attack by Palestinian Hamas Gaza.