In June 2010, Temple Sholom put a formal mission in place to educate the community on Israel and to help create a bond between our synagogue and the citizens of Israel. Temple Sholom's programming—made possible with the support of the Amy Lipton z'l Israel Action Fund—provides resources and effective avenues that help establish cultural professional, spiritual and economic ties to Israel and assist with effective advocacy on Israel’s behalf.
Israel must never be prey to those who hate her and the Jewish people. Our response to anti-zionism, which is anti-Semitism, needs to be quick and effective. Temple Sholom partners with appropriate community organizations to assist our members in how to increase their own awareness of the outstanding issues and then be able to appropriately advocate on Israel’s behalf.
"Politics, Peace & Jewish Survival in the Middle East", March 28, 2019
with Israeli Broadcaster Yishai Fleisher, the International Spokesperson for the Jewish Community of Hebron.
"From Ethiopia to Israel", March 12, 2019
with Batya Shmueli of Israel's Yemin Orde Youth Village
Co-sponsored with Friends of Yemin Orde.
"My Amazing Story", October 29, 2018
with Ethiopian Jewish & Israeli Social Entrepreneur Bizu Riki Mullu
Co-sponsored with Israel Bonds.
"Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor", June 21, 2018
with award-winning Author and Journalist Yossi Klein Halevi
Co-sponsored with AIPAC.
Israel at 70 Concert: "Gòn's Great Israeli American Songbook", Sunday, May 6, 2018
Singer, pianist and composer Gòn Halevi and other musicians performed songs from his collection of new arrangements of beloved popular songs from both Israel and America. Click here to view photos, courtesy of Greenwich Time.
Interfaith Mission to Israel, February 2018
Led by Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz (Temple Sholom) and the Rev. Dr. James Lemler (formerly of Christ Church Greenwich), this 10-day trip to Israel offered 35 participants an Interfaith view of Israel. Click here to view a trip reflection with photos.
“Everyday Heroes” Photo Exhibit, September, 2017
Temple Sholom, Friends of the Israel Defence Force and Tazpit Press Service (TPS) co-sponsored the opening reception for Everyday Heroes, a photo exhibit highlighting the Israeli Defense and Rescue Forces on display in the Temple's Davis Lounge. Guest speaker Amotz Eyal, Founder and Director of TPS, shared his experience as a foreign media expert on Israel.
Election Results from an Israeli Perspective, November 9, 2016
with Israeli Deputy Consul General of New England Matan Zamir
Included a special commemoration of the 78th Anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Co-sponsored with AJC, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Greenwich Reform and Temple Beth El.
"A Personal Perspective on Israel", October 12, 2016
with guest speakers Allan Houston, former NBA star, and Taylor Beck, UPenn Student Activist
Co-sponsorted by the Amy Lipton z'l Israel Action Fund and AIPAC.
"America and Israel: The Path to Stability in the Middle East", September 13, 2016
with Former White House Press Secretery Ari Fleischer
Presented by the Amy Lipton z'l Israel Action Fund.
Special Lunch ‘n Learn at Six13 Restaurant, July 12, 2016
Rabbi Mitch and Rabbi Daniel Cohen from Congregation Agudath Sholom discussed the topic: “Why Israel?”
Mosab Hassan Yousef, May 11, 2016
Yousef discussed and signed copies of his New York Times bestseller Son of Hamas. The book unveils the truth about his role in one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations and addresses the divide between his family and homeland after publicizing his newfound faith.
Film Screening of The Green Prince, April 12, 2016
Members of Temple Sholom and the surrounding community viewed a private screening of the film The Green Prince, which details the extraordinary true story of Palestinian-born Israeli informant Mosab Hassan Yosef and his Israel Shin Bet handler.
Bret Stephens, March 10, 2016
In a moderated discussion, Bret Stephens, the foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, provided his perspective on foreign policy and the U.S.-Israel relationship.