Israel Current Events Program

The Israel Current Events Program (ICEP) is a dynamic monthly speaker and discussion series examining important aspects of Israeli current events and how they impact Israeli and the wider world. The meetings begin with a short presentation by an invited speaker, usually an Israeli, followed by Q&A and a group discussion. Topics are chosen based on timely and pressing issues facing Israel.

The meetings are drop-in and no pre-registration is necessary.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 16, 11:30 am
Israel National Security and IDF Initiatives with Lt. Col. Hagay Carmi, Israel Defense Forces

Lt. Col. Carmi currently heads a new branch in the Special Operations Division (SOD) of the IDF, responsible for addressing unprecedented national security challenges. Hagay has contributed significantly to major projects, six of which won the Israel Defense Prize. He holds an MA in electro-optical engineering from Ben-Gurion University and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.

He will be joined by his wife, Michal, in the Q&A session. She is active in community initiatives and other educational areas. Hagay and Michal are raising seven children, aged 3 – 16.


Sunday, January 27, 11:30 am
Leadership in IDF with 
Lt. Col. Eli Hotovely, Israel Defense Forces

Lt. Col. Eli Hotovely serves as head of the Northern Command Technology & Maintenance Branch at the IDF. He is responsible for planning and executing maintenance and technology support in the Northern Command. Eli joined the IDF in 1995 and served in various command and staff positions.

He holds a BS in industrial engineering and management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  He is also an honor graduate of the Combined Logistics Captains Career course in the US Army.


Friday, February 8 
6:00 pm Shabbat service followed by Shabbat dinner and a special program at 8:00 pm*

Special Shabbat Guest Speaker: Ambassador Maura Connelly, former US Ambassador to Lebanon

Ambassador Connelly was, until her recent retirement, a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service. She served as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon and prior to that, had postings throughout the Middle East including Jerusalem, Damascus and Amman. Ambassador Connelly will share her insights on the turmoil in the Middle East as well as prospects for peace

*You do not need to attend dinner to join us at 8:00 pm


Save the Dates

Sunday, January 27      

Sunday, March 17     

Sunday, April 28, 11:30 am
Bagels and Conversation: Thinking about Israel with Rabbi Bob Orkand


For more information contact Robin Goldenson, [email protected] or Paul Zorfass, [email protected]

Become a member of the TBE’s Israel Connection Team. The mission is to  ensure that the State of Israel becomes an integral part of the fabric of the Temple Beth Elohim Community. We support programs that will broaden and deepen congregants' overall knowledge and commitment to Israel based upon the values of Reform Judaism.