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Israel has a special place in our thoughts, our prayers and our programming at Temple Emanu-El. This page touches on some of the many ways we connect with Israel. 

We also have a special page dedicated to the current crisis in Israel, HERE.

Celebrating Shabbat in a Time of War

Finding Joy with our Friends a Bavat Ayin

Read the column by Lee Weisser HERE
March 2024

Meet Our Shinshinit


Mor Tarshish

Shinshinit (Israeli Teen Emissary)


Hey everyone! It’s Mor, your new ShinShin! I’m so excited to get to know you all and to become a part of Temple Emanu-El’s community. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Herzliya, a lovely city in Israel near Tel Aviv. I live with my parents, my big brother, my big sister and my dog. I can say that I’m a family person. I love spending time with my family and our favourite thing to do together is hiking around Israel. Moreover, I have been in a youth movement for 9 years, and have been a guide in the movement for 3 years. The youth movement that I was a part of is called “sea scouts” and the special thing about it is that we sail once a week in the ocean! I have a lot more stories to tell you about myself, and I can’t wait to share them with you and to hear your own stories.

Excited to meet you!

Would your family like to meet Mor and host her for Shabbat dinner? Reach out to Cassie Moscoe-Sweet for more information:





Our Relationship With Israel


Our relationship with Israel is one of the defining characteristics of Temple Emanu-El. Three-quarters of our members have visited Israel at least once in their lifetime. More than 90% of members consider Israel important to them personally. Almost everyone believes Israel is important to Jewish identity.

We invite guest speakers from Israel on a regular basis, Israel history and culture are favourite topics of our Adult Education programs, and we have partnered with Israel Reform communities. We have established an Israel Committee to help provide guidance on how to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Jewish homeland.

Please contact the Temple Office if you are interested in participating in this important aspect of our community life.



Taglit-Birthright Israel

Welcome to what very well may be the most generous, no-strings-attached gift in history!

Kehillat Bavat Ayin

We are partnered with Kehillat Bavat Ayin, located in the city of Rosh Ha'Ayin, east of Tel Aviv, as part of DOMIM-aLike, the Israel-Diaspora relations project of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.

DOMIM–aLike was established together with the Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and fosters partnerships between Reform and Progressive congregations in Israel and around the world.   Click HERE to learn more about DOMIM-aLike.

Temple Emanu-El is sponsoring Kehillat Bavat Ayin’s 2020 Adult B’not Mitzvah class, helping a group of women come to Torah for the very first time.

To read an abridged story from Bavat Ayin's August 2019 newsletter about women coming to Torah, click HERE


The Ida Freedman Fund for Youth & Israel

Find out more about how the Ida Freedman Fund can help make Israel a lot closer! Click HERE for details.


Does a favourite recipe remind you of someone you have lost? Join our Shinshinit, Aviv Kofman, as we bake carrot cake together in memory of Kim Yehezkel-Levengrund (z"l), who fell victim to a terror attack in Israel at age 28. Watch an archive video of this program from May 5, 2022 HERE.

Nathan Vinokur's Israel Experience


Temple Emanu-El member, Nathan Vinokur, shared his recent Israel experience with us...

Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyar 5784