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

“Shnat Sherut,” A Year of Community Service in Boston and Israel; Israeli Shinshin Perspectives and Experiences
with Shira Becker, Shinshin from Haifa
Sunday, March 18, 11:20 am

The Shinshinim Young Ambassadors Program brings recent high school graduates from Israel to volunteer in Greater Boston. During their year of service, these Young Ambassadors live with families and bring Israel engagement to day schools and synagogues. When they return to Israel to begin their military service, they will carry a deeper understanding of our community with them. Shinshinim (or Shin-Shin in the singular form) is a Hebrew acronym for Shnat Sherut, meaning, "year of service."

Shira will focus her presentation on the concept of Shnat Sherut, a gap year of service prior to her army service.  In addition to her role as “shinshin” here in Boston, there are thousands of young Israelis in Israel who perform the role of shinshin there by volunteering in a variety of community based and social welfare projects.  Shira will focus on her year of service here as well as the experiences of many friends in Israel who also do a different kind of Shnat Sherut there.


Learn more about Shira here: watch her video!




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.