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.

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


Upcoming Events

Social and Environment Innovation in the Negev
Presentation by Alit Wiel-Shafran, Ph.D., Wexner Fellow, Mid-Career MPA at Harvard Kennedy School
Sunday, November 19, 11:30 am


Alit serves as Head of the Har HaNegev Environmental Unit (Ramat HaNegev Regional Council & Mitzpe Ramon Local Council), where she is responsible for implementing sustainability practices such as resource management (including municipal waste and recycling management), energy efficiency, environmental education, environmental design, a sustainable food project and environmental enforcement. After graduating cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with both a BSc and MSc, she continued to a PhD, during which time she was an ISEF Foundation Fellow and served as the Chairwoman of the organizing committee of the First & Second Conference of ISEF PhD Fellows.  Between 2011 and 2015, Alit was a Council Member and Chairwoman of the Air Quality Committee, Neot Hovav Local Industrial Council.  Alit is also an Alum of the Environmental Fellows Program, Heschel Sustainability Center, Israel.



Entrepreneurship, Experiential Education & Israel Engagement
with David Micley, MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Sunday, December 17, 11:30 am


Originally from Newton, MA, David is a current MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, David lived in Tel Aviv and worked as the Director of the TAMID Fellowship, a summer internship program focused on providing talented U.S. undergraduate students the opportunity to work in Israel's leading startup and venture capital firms. Over three years with TAMID, David helped bring 400 students to Israel. Prior to TAMID, David worked as a Development Officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He is excited to return to his Boston roots and reconnect with TBE - a community he has always admired for their ability to dream big and innovate.

David will present on his experience working for TAMID in Israel. David is excited to discuss topics including the startup ecosystem in Israel, experiential education, Israel engagement and how to think broadly about connecting the next generation of leaders to the Jewish State.





Click here to view information from our Sunday, March 27 and May 1, 2016 events with Yael Mark, TBE's Shinshin

Click here to view information from our Sunday, April 10, 2016 event with Doron Shapir, Malkin Scholarship recipient at Brandeis University

Click here to view information from our Sunday, March 6, 2016 event with Yogev Gradus: Moving from the Current to the Future Israel Economy

Click here to view information from our Sunday, January 31, 2016 event with Yoav Tellem, Israel National Police

Click here to view information from our December 20, 2015 event with Dr. Larry Lowenthal

Click here to view information from our October 25, 2015 event with Merav Horsandi

Click here to view information from our November 15, 2015 event with Rabbi Gabby Dagan

Click here to view information from our May 3, 2015 event with Dr. David Gurevich

Click here to view information from our September 16, 2015 event with Dr. Avner Golov

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.