Upcoming Events

Upcoming Israel-Related Events

​Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 am
Rabbis Sisenwine & Sherman

Join us as we look at the parallel coverage in the NYTimes and the Jewish Advocate of the months leading up to May 1948 and the months after the birth of the State of Israel.




Israel Film Screening—Above and Beyond
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 pm

Experience the fight for Israel during the 1948 War of Independence through the eyes of WW ll pilots.

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of 'Machal' -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the War of Independence, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews with pilots from the '48 War, as well as leading scholars and statesmen, including Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day. (taken from IMDB) RSVP to Lynn Burke, [email protected]



Yom Ha’atzmaut 70th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm  

Come celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel Independence (1948-2018). Join us for a special Shabbat Service with the Consul General of Israel to New England, Yehuda Yaakov, a special blessing for everyone turning 70 in 2018 and a concert with cantors Sufrin and Zell following dinner. Learn more >

2018 AIPAC New England Annual Dinner
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - 415 Summer St. Boston, MA
Sunday, April 22, 5:30 pm

Join TBE members at the AIPAC New England Annual Dinner. The dinner reception will begin at 5:30 pm with a theater-style program following at 7:00 pm.

Click here to register, or contact Lisa Wallack at [email protected] with questions or if you are interested in joining other TBE members at the dinner.

The Fragile Dialogue—A Conversation about Israel - THIS CLASS IS FULL!
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.  

THIS CLASS IS FULL!  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please be in touch with Lynn Burke, [email protected].

You can order the book for class here

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

The Netanyahu Investigations and Prospects for Israeli Politics: An Insider's Perspective
Sunday, April 29, 11:30 am

Chen Arad formerly worked as a journalist and is a contributor to various Israeli print and broadcast media outlets including Haaretz, Channel 20, Mako Magazine, ynet and Globes. Between 2007-2010 he served as an Israel Defense Forces Foreign Press Spokesman. He holds a BA, an MA and an MBA from Brandeis University, where he was also a lecturer in Media and Politics. At Brandeis, he co-founded the student-run grassroots movement and conference Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW), promoting a more constructive discourse surrounding Israel on US campuses.

As Israeli-American Council (IAC) ACT Program Manager, Chen manages the Boston Media Room, representing Act.IL - an online community for Israel - in New England, and coordinates all IAC Boston regional Israel activism programs. Learn more >>

Shabbat services with guest speaker Oshra Friedman, Ethiopian-Israeli
​Friday, May 4, 6:00 pm

CJP's Boston-Haifa Connection is hosting a delegation of Ethiopian-Israelis from Haifa. Dege. Oshra will share her personal journey and her life today as a citizen of Israel. We will have the opportunity to learn about her experience immigrating to Israel, the stories that reveal her resilience as an individual as well as her strong connection to her Ethiopian heritage and culture. 

More about Oshra Friedman

Oshra Friedman - Moderator of the national Israeli TV program “Outside the Bubble,” and Co-chair of the Ethiopian Jewry Committee in Haifa.

Oshra emigrated from Ethiopia as part of the clandestine “Operation Moses” when she was seven years old. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminology and human resources from Bar Ilan University in 2002 and her master’s degree in 2007 from Ruppin Academic College in the field of immigration and social absorption. Oshra is currently studying for her doctorate in education and leadership at the University of Haifa.

In 2000, Oshra joined the Rashi Foundation following a long and successful career as an Education Officer in the IDF. Oshra spearheaded the work that led to the establishment of the Rashi Foundation’s Katzir Scholarship Fund. This unique scholarship fund targets economically weak Israeli populations, enabling the recipient students to gain academic achievement, improve their social mobility, and economic independence. Oshra established two unique tracks within the Katzir Fund: one to bring dropouts back into the fold; and the other specifically for single mothers. As a leading activist in the Ethiopian-Israeli community, Oshra stood at the forefront of the young people’s demonstrations in the summer of 2017. In response to the strained relationship between the Israeli Police Force and the Ethiopian-Israeli community, Oshra served as a member of the “Round Table” established between the Police and the community. She worked for the past year for Tebeka, a legal assistance program, as the VP for Planning and Resource Development. She is a partner in the promotion of Tebeka’s goal to protect the basic rights of all people and to provide justice and equality for all Ethiopian Israelis.


A (Reimagined) Evening to Remember
Saturday, May 5

Join fellow TBE congregants as we come together to honor our TBE Values and celebrate community. This year’s event will be a little different than the last few; DJ and Dancing, no Live Auction, a fun, interactive Super Silent auction during cocktail hour, and a paddle raise during the brief program. We'll have more time to socialize and enjoy the evening. 

To purchase tickets, click here.  For more information contact Jillian Kohl at [email protected] or learn more here.


Celebrate Israel Festival 2018
Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Port
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:00-5:00 pm

Join CJP and Boston's Israeli American Council (IAC) for a community-wide celebration of Israel's 70th birthday. Experience three floors of activities for the whole family that showcase the best of Israel, from cooking demos and an exhibit of Israeli innovation in Boston to markets with Israeli foods and crafts by local artisans.

There will also be an Ethiopian-Israeli dance workshop, an Israeli-inspired rhythm and dance performance by DrumatiX, and a musical show for kids by popular Israeli children’s entertainers! Learn more and register here.

Israel-American Dialogue Night
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm

Join us for an engaging night of discussion with Israelis living in the Boston area and members of TBE as together we look at questions of Jewish identity, faith, and culture. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Email Seth Stier at [email protected] with any questions. 


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

Upcoming TBE Trips to Israel

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

Join Alison Kur on a unique trip to deepen relationships and cultivate a shared understanding of the growth and future of contemporary Judaism in Israel and the United States with our friends from Congregation Ohel Avraham.

Contact Lynn Burke at [email protected]  for more information.

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

Israel at its Best: Led by Rabbi Joel Sisenwine & Cantor Shanna Zell.

Contact Susan Karon at [email protected] for more information.


Israel Ride
October 23-30, 2018

Five glorious days of riding on the Israel Ride with a route from Jerusalem to Eilat. with routes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cyclists, riders of all levels are welcome!

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
January 15-27, 2019

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].