Israel Support Committee

For the sake of Zion I will not be silent
For
 the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still

~ Isaiah 63

The Israel Support Committee recognizes we are forever linked to our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel.

Our mission is to educated, advocate and provide opportunities to support the people and state of Israel.

The committee has respresentatives from 7 neighboring synagogues in addition to Congregation Beth Israel: Anshe Chesed of Linden, Union County Chabad, Congregation Israel of Springfield, Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah of Clark, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim of Cranford, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield and Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains.

We run Israel Documentary Film Festivals, host speakers to discuss issues in Israel, organize panel discussions, letter writing campaigns and clothing drives for disadvantaged children in Israel. 

Chair Conrad Nadell- Conradwho@gmail.com

Past Israel Support Committee Activities

Education

  • Speakers from AIPAC, the Israeli consulate and journalists invited to speak about the situation in Israel
  • Videos played and distributed about the  Israeli/Palestinian conflict, checkpoints, Israeli fence, Palestinian incitement, intifada, and other relevant issues.
  • Resource Kits sent to college students explaining Israeli Palestinian conflict, to provide students with information to counter anti-Israeli bias
  • Dialogue night with representatives of left and right wing positions answering prepared questions from moderator. Q&A from audience followed

Economic support

  • Let’s Shop Israel – vendors of Judaica, clothing, jewelry, art, CDs, books, cosmetics and food stuffs invited to exhibit and sell to the community
  • Israeli Food Festival vendors of Israeli wines and food products providing samples and sales to familiarize community with availability.

Moral support

  • Israel Day Parade 2006 theme “All Roads Lead Up To Jerusalem”
  • Israel Day Parade 2005 theme  “We Are Never Far From Home”
  • Israel Day Parade 2004 theme “Between Desert and Forest – Arad”
  • Israel Day Parade 2003 theme “We are Forever Linked to the People of Israel”

Kesher

Established kesher (connection) with Israeli family whose eldest son Moshe was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber in December 2002. CBI members visit during trips to Israel. We hosted their youngest son at our synagogue. A plaque was dedicated to Moshe in our synagogue. Gifts have been sent to the family on Jewish holidays. A Ring of Trees from JNF was purchased in Moshe’s honor. We contributed to the creation of a children’s park in Gilo dedicated in Moshe’s memory.

Things you can do to help Israel
Buy Israeli products
Keep informed about events in Israel
Watch for and speak out against media bias
Contact government officials on issues important to Israel
Visit Israel
Keep Israel in your prayers