Emeritus Group Meeting

Emeritus Group

The planned topic for discussion is the “Special Relationship” between the United States and Israel. Does it still have genuine resonance to either country- or did it ever…?  We will provide a historical perspective- reviewing the ups and downs over the decades. Join us in-person or via Zoom

Email rabbi.cohen@betshalom.org for the zoom link or more information.

Israel Trip June 2022 Information Session

Israel Trip June 2022

Rabbi Crimmings will be leading a congregational family Israel trip next June and would love to travel with you! This trip is appropriate for families with children/teens AND also meaningful for adults traveling without children.  CLICK HERE to see the dates, cost, and tentative itinerary.

If you are interested in learning more about the trip, please RSVP and join Rabbi Crimmings for an informational session with leaders from the tour agency we are partnering with, LET Travel.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please let us know so we can send you the recording of the session and also schedule a follow up 1:1 with you.

Email avi.aharoni@betshalom.org or call 952-426-6658 to RSVP or request a recording.

Israel History and Culture Series: Movie Night

This month, we’re watching The Other Son, a powerful movie about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and family through different perspectives.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The Dialogue Project with the Arava Institute

Environmental Cooperation in Israel and Palestine

The Arava Institute, located on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, brings together students from around the world to learn about cross-cultural environmental issues, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Dialogue Project is a series in which two alumni from the Middle East discuss their experiences with cross-border environmental cooperation and peace-building, as well as answer questions proposed by the community. 

Odeliya Matter was raised in Jerusalem, and currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. After her IDF service, she volunteered in farms across Europe and worked as a teacher in refugee camps in Greece. Moved by her passion for the environment and grassroots activism, she attended the Arava Institute for two semesters in 2018 and 2019. Odeliya continues to work with Arava Institute alumni in various activism-based initiatives.


Mohammad Azraq studied at the Arava Institute in the academic year 2010 – 2011. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Following his year at the Arava Institute, he was awarded the Atkin Fellowship for Arab Israeli Peace by the War Studies Department of King’s College London, where he published a paper on grassroots community initiatives for renewable energy generation in West Bank villages. Mohammad lives in Amman, Jordan.

Food for Thought Forum: My Relationship with Israel

The Yom Kippur Food for Thought Forum is entitled, “My Relationship with Israel.”  This year at Bet Shalom, we have an added focus of providing opportunities for folks in our community to explore their own understanding and knowledge of, and relationship with, Israel.  Like any relationship, this part of Jewish identity grows and changes over time.  This forum for conversation is open to every person in our community whether you have a deeply rooted and well considered identification with Israel or if your connection is still a list of questions.  All are welcome and encouraged to join us and participate.

This Food for Thought Forum is not a political conversation or panel presentation.  This is a conversation between people who are in community together at Bet Shalom.  The group in attendance will sit in circles of 8-10 people and each will have a predetermined group leader to keep things moving.  Each group will have a collection of photos of something in Israel that can serve as prompts for reflection.  Each group will also have a “talking stick” and only the person holding the stick speaks so they are not overcome by anyone in the group.

We will go around the group four times during our time together.

1.  First Round:  Introductions (a goal of congregant conversations is making personal connections)

2.  Second Round:  What is your relationship/connection/experience with regard to Israel?

3.  Third Round:  Why did you pick that photograph?

4.  Fourth Round:  What is something you want to learn more about?