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Beth El Stands with Israel

Ways to Support Israel

Israel Response Task Force

The goal of our Israel Response Task Force is to have a central hub which helps our congregation stay connected and supportive of Israel.

The task force will partner with and support Jewish organizations in our community, and share information on rallies and programs in the Boca community in support of Israel. This is our opportunity to fulfill the responsibility that we each do our part in supporting Am Yisrael. Join our volunteer list below to stay up to date on the many projects and programs we will put into place in the coming months.

Thank you to our lay partners in this task force, Lori Kupferman and Danielle Butler, for their passion and dedication. Together we will persevere, together we are one, Am Yisrael Chai. 

Send a Postcard to Your Elected Officials

Stop by the Schaefer Family Campus to fill out a postcard thanking your representatives for supporting Israel!

We will provide mailing labels and stamps and will send it out, you just need to write the message!

Bridge of Hearts

Bridge of Hearts is a new Florida not-for-profit that has teamed up with Gisha L’Chaim (Life’s Door), an established Israeli not-for-profit, so that American Jews may directly connect with lonely and anxious elderly Israelis.

There are over a million elderly Israelis who are now more isolated than ever. For many, their professional caregivers have returned to their countries of origin. Family members are involved in the war effort and have less time to be a support. Some of the family caregivers are soldiers, and almost all Israelis, if not in the IDF, are busy helping elsewhere and have less time to care-give. For the elderly, there is increased loneliness and anxiety caused by the war.

The commitment is to make one call a week by phone or video call.

Housing Needed for Israeli Shinshinim

We have two young Israelis who have deferred their Israeli army service to work in American communities for a year, here in Boca, who need housing. Shinshinim serve as a direct link to Israel during their year living in our community. They are hosted by members of the Boca Raton community and will be needing to find new placements as of mid-January/February through August. 

Coping with the Crisis in Israel

Four Virtual Gatherings

We are partnering with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and our Boca Raton community clergy to offer the following virtual programs to help cope with our ever-changing world.

Each program will be facilitated by Danielle Greenblatt, LCSW, and a Boca Raton clergy member. In creating a space for us to share what we are going through, we also create community, hope and healing.

  • How do we Cope with Watching Antisemitism Rise Around Us? with Rabbi Josh Broide and Danielle Greenblatt, LCSW – Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm – Learn more.
  • How do we Combat Feeling Powerless to Help? with Rabbi David Baum and Danielle Greenblatt, LCSW – Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 pm – Learn more.
  • How do we Cope with the Anxiety of Feeling Unsafe? with Rabbi Elana Rabishaw and Danielle Greenblatt, LCSW – Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 pm – Learn more.
  • How do we Talk to Kids about Israel and Current Events? with Rabbi Amy Grossblatt Pessah and Danielle Greenblatt, LCSW – Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm – Learn more.

Solidarity Mission to Israel

Join Rabbi Dan Levin on a Temple Beth El Solidarity Mission to Israel. Witness the incredible unity and strength of our Israeli brothers and sisters as we listen to their stories and provide our love and support. We will meet with Israelis displaced from their homes, families of the
hostages, and those doing the work of recovery. We will spend time volunteering helping with important projects.

Organizations to Support

Temple Beth El is encouraging support to organizations standing with Israel.

Our Temple Beth El community wants to send our love and support to the people of Israel. Please share this video with anyone you know who needs to hear the message.

Am Yisrael Chai.

Previous Programs supporting Israel

Interview with IDF Reservists

Interviewed by Cantorial Soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen

Responding to the War

with Faculty Members from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Update from the Front Line

with Jerusalem Post Deputy Managing Editor Tovah Lazaroff