We are a Reform Zionist congregation. The Peoplehood of Israel and Zionism are pillars of what we do here at Temple Emanu-El. We whole-heartedly support the safety and security of the State of Israel, and the right of the Jewish people to have self-determination in our historic homeland.
That is why your rabbis engage in Israel advocacy work with AIPAC. Just last month we watched our bi-partisan efforts play out in Israel’s favor when the U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-9 to replenish funding for Iron Dome (HR 5323).
The big push to contact elected officials in the lead up to the vote on HR 5323 encouraged Rabbi Max to reach out to our local AIPAC office. Further talks inspired the idea to bring together younger/associate/assistant rabbis in the area for a workshop to strengthen our political and advocacy training.
Through this training, the younger/newer cohort of Atlanta rabbis will learn about the powerful role clergy can play and how to best cultivate and strengthen relationships with leaders to support and strengthen the US-Israel relationship.
As legitimate critique of Israel’s policies continues to grow into blatant Antisemitism, we must ensure that our elected officials understand the threats Jews and Israelis face. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just about one side versus another, but seeking a lasting, peaceful two state solution. Our elected officials must understand the nuances between Palestinian civilians and the Palestinian authority, between Israeli civilians and the Israeli government, between innocent Gazans and the terrorist organization of Hamas.
There are many other ways to meaningfully engage in promoting a more beautiful future for the Jewish State, political advocacy is just one way. For example, click HERE to find out how the Israeli Reform movement brings our religious values to the attention of the Israeli public. Our vision for Temple Emanu-El is to be the leading synagogue for Israel engagement in the greater Atlanta area. We believe that when we have a stronger connection to Israel, we also strengthen our own Jewish identity. We’re here to help you find a way to engage with Israel that helps you feel more educated, connected, and passionate.
Rabbi Rachael and Rabbi Max