We Stand With Israel

Beth El unequivocally stands with Israel as it fights terrorists who have the expressed goal of destroying Israel. We pray for the dead, injured, and captive.

During this time of uncertainty, we will stand together. This page includes resources and information on opportunities to be in community with one another at Beth El and with our neighboring congregations.


Israel Sermons and Talks

Rabbi Harris – Israel at War

Rabbi Megdal

Rabbi Megdal – Jewish Loneliness and Its Antidote


Rabbi Harris – Countering the Anti-Israel Slogans

Rabbi Harris – Challenging the Slogans: Colonialism

Rabbi Megdal – Jewish Hope


Hazzan Asa Fradkin – Reflections on Four Days in Israel

Amir Tibon discusses his experience during the October 7, 2023 terrorist attack on Israel as a resident of Kibbutz Nahal Oz

Rabbi Harris – Why I Am Going to Israel

Rabbi Harris – Reflections on Solidarity Mission to Israel

Rabbi Harris – Is Indigenous Most Important?

Israel Solidarity Mission – In Their Own Words


Rabbi Harris – Purim at a Time of War

Rethinking the Seder for the Hostages


Israel Blog

Updates appear from newest to oldest.


Beth El Events

Beth El Mission to Israel: May 1-8

Join Hazzan Fradkin for Beth El’s second volunteer and solidarity mission to Israel.

Dates: Wednesday, May 1 –  Wednesday, May 8

Full Itinerary: Click here

Registration: Click here

Flights: Book on your own. We suggest leaving on April 30 early in the day to arrive by May 1.

Book Now! Flights are going quickly. You may need to travel through Europe if you can’t get a flight from EWR or JFK direct.

Recruit Friends! As you can see the more participants that register, the more we save but more than that, we just want to have a good representation from our community.

 

Beth El Night at the D.C. Jewish Film & Music Festival – Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm

This year in collaboration with the Edlavitch DCJCC’s JxJ: DC Jewish Film and Music Festival, Beth El has an opportunity to create Beth El Night at the movies. Now through Thursday, April 18, all tickets for the Thursday, May 9, Opening Night presentation of Seven Blessings at Landmark Bethesda Row will be exclusively reserved for Beth El members. Join your community and see Seven Blessings, recipient of 10 Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs), including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Director. Find out more and buy your tickets here today!


Community Events

unXeptable Zoom Briefing with Member of Knesset Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Tuesday April 9, 2:00 pm

Six months past October 7: Can the Messianic Genie Be Put Back in The Bottle? An unXeptable Zoom briefing with Member of Knesset Rabbi Gilad Kariv. Register here.

 

The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, Tues. April 9, 7:00 pm | WASHINGTON, D.C.

Hosted at and by the Adas Israel Congregation
18 singers from the Jerusalem Youth Chorus will visit and perform in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Vancouver between March 29 and April 14, 2024. The JYC “A Different Song” Tour is bookended by a high-profile performance in Los Angeles to be announced, and a livestreamed performance at TED 2024, TED’s flagship conference, in Vancouver. The mission of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus has never been more vital: to demonstrate a viable alternative to violence in Israel-Palestine and sing out for peace, justice, inclusion, and equality. Reserve tickets here.

 

JCRC’s first ever D.C. Advocacy Day, April 10, 2024 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

We will advocate in support of funding for Jewish institutional security officers, preserving funds for preschool teachers’ salaries (including Jewish preschools), highlighting antisemitism education, and increasing support for affordable housing. We will begin the day with an 8:00 am breakfast briefing on our advocacy issues. DC Council Chairman Mendelson will also speak to the group about the Council’s activities and how advocacy plays a role in the policymaking process.

 

JCRC of Greater Washington “Can We Chat?” Navigating Conversations During the Israel-Hamas War teen program, Virtual, Monday, April 15, 7:00, for 9th-12th graders

After two successful in-person events in Maryland and Virginia that drew more than 100 teens, the JCRC of Greater Washington is offering our “Can We Chat?” teen program virtually. we delve into the current Israel-Hamas war. Open to all 9th-12th graders, this program provides an opportunity for high schoolers to understand the historical context of the war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gain the knowledge to address common questions and walk away with the ability to confront disinformation and how to engage in conversation about the war. Register here.


Hand Bikes for Heroes / אופני ידים לגיבורים

Please join in helping purchase hand bikes for Yitzhak and Elisha, two Israeli reservists injured during the war in Gaza, who Beth El’s February solidarity mission met at Sheba Hospital. Yitzhak lost use of his legs after being shot by a sniper; Elisha lost both legs above the knee due to a booby trap explosion. As part of their rehab, they are learning to use bikes propelled by hand in order to join other paraplegic veterans who maintain their physical and mental health through hand-bike rides and competitions.  It will take $30,000 to buy specialized bikes for Yitzhak and Elisha, and Beth El has agreed to receive the funds that will be used to purchase the bikes and have them shipped directly to these men.

Click Here to Donate

 


Israel Huddle Gathers Weekly

Building on the productivity of Beth El’s Covid Task Force, clergy and leaders of key groups at Beth El are meeting weekly to discuss programs, education, support, security, and communications related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. This group is working to support the myriad needs of our community – in the Beth El building, throughout our community, on college campuses, and in Israel. If you have any ideas for upcoming programming or resources you’ve found particularly relevant and useful to share, please contact the Beth El office at info@bethelmc.org.


Resources

Webinar/ Briefings Recordings 


Prayer Resources


Mental Health Resources


Resources for Families with Children

Conflict in Israel


Handling Difficult Emotions & Topics


Ways to Help

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Washington: 100% of your donation to Federation’s Israel Crisis Relief Fund will provide essential support for those in need, with aid distributed swiftly through our partners on the ground. Donate online here.
  • Magen David Adom: Israel’s National Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical and Blood Services Organization. Click here to donate.
  • Friends of the IDF: FIDF is the sole organization designated by the IDF in the United States to collect donations for its soldiers. Click here to donate.
  • Ben-Gurion University Resilience Fund. The BGU community was not only disproportionally affected (and continues to be) as the largest employer in the Negev, but our community is driving the humanitarian efforts to help all those whose families members have been killed, reservists called up, providing emotional support, housing, childcare, and more. Click here to donate.
  • Contact your elected officials: Click here to email your elected officials to write to them regarding the hostages and your concerns about Israel.