Upcoming Events

Upcoming Israel-Related Events

Climate Change in Israel: From Challenges to Opportunities
with Gil Proaktor,
Ministry of Environmental Protection
Sunday, January 28, 12:10 PM

Gil Proaktor, PhD, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Wexner Fellow at HKS, leads the strategic planning of greenhouse gas emissions reduction polices in Israel. Gil will discuss climate change policy in Israel and how this connects to the US and the rest of the world. Learn more >>

TBE Book Club: Son of Hamas
Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 pm

Join the TBE Book Club to discuss this non-fiction that relates the story of the son of a founder of Hamas who finds himself working for Israeli intelligence. Learn more >>

Syria in Crisis: What Lies Ahead?
Friday, February 2, 6:00 pm

Robert Stephen Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria, joins us for a discussion of what lies ahead for Syria. Enjoy a dinner at 6:00 pm with the Syrian families our volunteers continue to support. Then, our special Shabbat service will be at 7:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP dinner >>

When the Smoke Clears
Monday, February 5, 7:00 pm

Join us for a screening of When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope, which shares the inspiring true stories of wounded Israeli combat soldiers and the sacrifices they made protecting the Jewish Homeland and the Jewish People all over the world. Learn more and RSVP>>

Yaldeinu Family Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner
Friday, February 9, 5:30 pm 

Join TBE and local Israeli families with young children for a special Kabbalat Shabbat. The celebration aims to help families with young children welcome Shabbat in a comfortable community setting. RSVP by January 26>>

iEngage Project with Rabbi Joel Sisenwine
Sunday, March 4, 9:15 am

Join us as we explore the iEngage Project from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The goal of the iEngage Project is to respond to growing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide by creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. RSVP by February 26 to Lynn Burke, [email protected]

Class will also be held on March 11, 18, and 25 

AIPAC Policy Conference 2018
Sunday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 6

The AIPAC Conference is where pro-Israel activists influence policy, strengthen the bond between the United States and Israel, and ensure that Israel remains strong, vibrant and free. Join Rabbi Sisenwine and others from the TBE community, along with 18,000 others from around the country, to learn and to show bipartisan support for Israel. Learn more here or contact Lisa Wallack at [email protected] for more information or to join the TBE group of attendees.

History of Israel: The Journey Continues
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm  

Last Fall, Rabbi Bob Orkand taught a popular history of Israel class at TBE which covered the years before the founding of the State until the Sinai War.  He will continue the journey in March and April with the Sinai War through the Six Day War and beyond. All are welcome! Learn more here or RSVP to Lynn Burke, [email protected]

Class will also be held on March 29, April 5, 12, 26 and May 3.

Shabbat Service, Dinner and Concert
Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm  

Come celebrate Israel Independence Day and join us for a special Shabbat Service, Dinner and Concert in honor of Yehuda Yaakov, the Consul General of Israel to New England. Check back soon for more information.

The Fragile Dialogue—A Conversation about Israel
Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 am

Four polarizing events have made it difficult for Jews to speak comfortably with each other about Israel: the 2014 Gaza War, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the 2016 elections in America, and the broken agreement to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Wall in Jerusalem. We will discuss a new book of essays, The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Judaism, as the start of a conversation about what it means to have a relationship with Israel in 2018. Learn more here or RSVP to Lynn Burke, [email protected].

Class will also be held on May 1,8,15, 22 and 29.

SAVE THE DATE: Boston Celebrates Israel
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Join the Jewish community celebration of Israel's independence! Check back soon for more information.


If you are interested in joining any of the Israel-related committees, please contact Seth Stier at [email protected].

Upcoming TBE Trips to Israel:

TBE Family Trip to Israel with Rabbi Sisenwine*
February 15-25, 2018

Interested in going to Israel on a TBE family trip with Rabbi Sisenwine?  Contact Rachel Maillet for more information [email protected].
*This trip is currently full.

TBE Women’s Trip to Israel with Dr. Avnery
May 13-24, 2018

Travel with other women from TBE and explore 70 Years of Challenges & Achievements by the Women of Israel. Contact Dr. Avnery at [email protected] for more information.

Partners in Reform: Exploring our Past & Building Our Shared Future
July 3-12, 2018

This Israel travel and learning experience explores ways in which American and Israeli Jews think about Judaism and live their lives as Jews, given that we are shaped by different cultural and national values. Contact Alison Kur, [email protected], for more information. 

New and Nearly Empty Nesters Trip to Israel
July 8-17, 2018

Interested in going to Israel with other TBE new and nearly empty nesters? Contact Susan Karon at [email protected] for more information.  

Travel with TBE in 2019 (final dates to TBD)

First Timer’s Trip with Clergy 

Led by Cantor Jodi Sufrin

Explore Israel from North to South, seeing the highlights, the must see places that explain our connection to the land and peoples.  Share Shabbat with partner Reform congregations in Haifa and Jerusalem. Learn from progressive organizations what is being done to diminish the divisions among Israelis and between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel in Depth

Led by TBE Congregant, Sue Vernon-Gerstenfeld

Join other congregants who have been to Israel or who wish to experience Israel by focusing at a different level.   We will meet with government representatives, jurists, grassroot groups, business and religious leaders of all types.  Our sightseeing will be a result of traveling to see what is happening on the ground inside communities that work to diminish divisions and to create a religious and political climate that maximizes security and civil rights at the same time.  What do Israelis and Palestinians expect, want, need?   Is there a meaningful and reasonable role for Diaspora Jews? 

Learn more about these trips: Sue Vernon-Gerstenfeld, [email protected]

Already have plans to visit Israel? Put Haifa on your itinerary! 

Thanks to CJP’s Boston Haifa initiative, TBE has relationships with the Gavrieli school, Leo Baeck Education Center and its congregation, Ohel Avraham, and Oranim College. Let us introduce you to some of our Israeli friends who will enhance your experience in Haifa, our sister city.  Our partnerships strive to create people-to-people relationships – TBE can help match you with a family in Haifa. Join in Shabbat services that feel a lot like home, enjoy home hospitality for Shabbat dinner, make new friends, feel the embrace of community. When you are in Israel, visit Haifa! Enjoy the wonderful hospitality of our friends from Congregation Ohel Avraham and experience all this amazing city has to offer.  Let us help you make new connections! For more information, contact Alison Kur, Executive Director, Jewish Living.

Interested in traveling to Israel on a TBE trip? We are in the process of planning our next trips and would love your input. Let us know what type of trip you are interested in. Please contact Sue Gerstenfeld at [email protected].