Israel Engagement

A Message From The Israel Engagement Committee
Affirming our Community's Commitment to Israel and the World

We are proud to spearhead a new era at Adas Israel, one where Israel is at the center of our hearts and minds in our synagogue.  We are living in a time where the gap between many in the American Jewish Community and Israel is ever-widening, particularly in the younger generations; where Jews disagree often vehemently on fundamental issues of the Jewish state; where healthy discourse about Israel is becoming more and more difficult.

We are very excited to share with you some plans in the making to affirm our commitment to Israel through a new Israel Engagement Initiative at Adas—one where we can live up to our congregation’s potential as a leader in the Jewish world.  We can and must find ways to model a new way of bringing disparate views and narratives together, where we can inspire others to live not at arm’s length from Israel, but together—with all our differences—in a relationship of love and respect for one another and for Israel.

We very much hope you can join us. Our congregation needs your leadership in helping to develop this vision, to program the coming year, and to find ways of creating a stronger culture of Israel connection at Adas.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Senior Rabbi;  Ed Kopf, Israel Action Committee Chair;  Arnie Podgorsky, Israel Action Committee Co-Chair


Up-coming Israel Events & Policy Conferences in DC.  Participate!

Adas Israel’s Israel Engagement Committee encourages all members to deepen their involvement with Israel.  In the coming months, three leading American Jewish organizations concerned with Israel policy will be having major conferences right here in DC.  Take these opportunities to learn and act – whatever your perspective or background!


The Land of Israel: Land of Longing, Land of Promise
Stay Tuned for Dates! Register Here
In Partnership with JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Commemorate Israel's 70th birthday with a celebration of Jewish learning. For centuries, Jews have been talking, writing, singing, and creating art about the Land of Israel — its boundaries, climate, laws, and lore. How have Jews attempted to reconcile the promise of the land with the reality of Jewish exile and life in the Diaspora? What happens to the Jewish longing for an ideal in the face of nationhood and the challenges of sovereignty?

Stay tuned for dates. The first two classes will be taught at Adas Israel by Rabbis Alexander and Yolkut, and will conclude with the final class, with representatives from all around the D.C. jewish community,  at Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland facilitated by JTS on Sunday, April 29.


Honor and Celebrate Israel at Adas
Yom Hazikaron (April 18, 2018) & Yom Ha'atzmaut (Apr 19, 2018)

Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Remembrance Day. We commemorate the soldiers who have fallen fighting for Israel's independence and defending its security. Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel's Independance Day) is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers. The message of linking these two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence — the very existence of the state — to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.

Please join us for morning and evening minyan, on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 for meaningful services and blessings to honor Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut. Stay Tuned for more information on learning opportunities, a Yom Hazikaron vigil, and celebratory Israeli breakfast in honor of Israel. 


AIPAC Policy Conference 2018
March 4 – 6, 2018, Washington Convention Center
“Lead, Learn, Lobby”

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community's preeminent annual gathering. The event attracts more than 16,000 community and student activists from all 50 states, members of Congress, and countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. Over three jam-packed days, Policy Conference participants choose from hundreds of informative sessions and participate in the pro-Israel community's largest and most important advocacy day. To learn more visit


AJC Global Forum 2018
June 10-13, 2018, Jerusalem, Israel
"Join Us In Jerusalem"

At the AJC Global Forum, you have the power to act—the power to make a difference for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

From major policy addresses to scintillating debates, to advocacy encounters with diplomats and elected officials, the AJC Global Forum is the premier global Jewish conference. The impressive three-day program includes addresses by world leaders and a mixture of large plenary sessions featuring headline speakers and smaller breakout sessions. For more information visit


J Street’s 2018 National Conference
April 14-17, 2018, Omni Shoreham Hotel
‚Äč“A Voice for Today, A Vision for Tomorrow.”

At the J Street Conference you will learn about what’s going on in the region from world-class experts, strategize with innovators and activists working to solve the conflict, connect with other committed supporters from around the country. Fore more information visit



Israel-related News and Information

American Jews have a wide variety of sources available for news and information regarding Israel. Unfortunately, many of us limit our reading to the media that reflect our own perspectives on controversial subjects. We present the resources listed below (and more to come in the future) in the hope that exposure to a diverse set of respected voices will be conducive to mutual understanding and productive discourse in our community.

  • Haaretz is Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.  It is know for its liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues.
  • The Jerusalem Post is an English language publication based in Jerusalem.  Under a variety of editors in recent years, it generally has had a centrist or conservative perspective.
  • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is an international news agency and wire service serving Jewish community newspapers and media around the world.  It claims no allegiance to any specific branch of Judaism or political viewpoint. 
  • The Times of Israel is an English-language on-line publication that aspires to an independent editorial position.
  • Ynetnews is the online English-language Israeli news website of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most-read newspaper.  Yedioth Ahronoth is considered centrist by many.

Israel Embassy

News feed of the Embassy of Israel in the United States

Background information on Israel from the Embassy


CIA World Fact Book

The World Factbook: Israel provides extensive basic imformation about Israel.


Jewish Agency for Israel

This link is to the educational resources provided by the Jewish Agency.


United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

The Israel Committee of the USCJ offers information about the Conservative Movement in Israel and other topics.


United States Institute for Peace

This institute, created by the Congress of the United States, provides information on the peace process in Israel and the Palestinian Territories