Israel Engagement Initiative

 

There is no place in the world more meaningful for the Jewish people than Israel. While the ancient land of Israel has always been home to the Jews, since 1948, the modern State of Israel has completely transformed what it means to be a Jew. Because of the State of Israel, Jews have a national identity, wherever they live.

 

Here at the Charleston Jewish Federation we believe that Israel is one of the most effective ways to connect North American Jews of all ages to their heritage, and thereby strengthen our connections to the local Jewish community and the worldwide Jewish community.  We also know that Israelis get more involved, more connected, and more aware of their Jewish identity when they have relationships with Jews outside of Israel.

 

Through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Joint Distribution Committee, the Charleston Jewish Federation answers social, cultural, economic, welfare and educational needs all over Israel.  Our vision for the future is to capitalize on the rich and diverse Jewish foundation of our community to build living bridges and help create many encounters, connections and relationships across all generations and affiliations.  We intend to develop diverse travel opportunities and programs based on the platform of partnerships, working closely with local Israeli leadership and geared toward the goal of connecting our people into one family with one vision for us all.

For more information about getting involved with Israel Engagement, please contact Rebecca Leibowitz.

  • Making an Impact in Israel

    Karen Klein found a deeper connection to Israel through the Federation-supported program Masa Israel Journey. Learn how it made a difference in her Jewish life.

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    Karen Klein found a deeper connection to Israel through the Federation-supported program Masa Israel Journey. Learn how it made a difference in her Jewish life.

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    Karen Klein found a deeper connection to Israel through the Federation-supported program Masa Israel Journey. Learn how it made a difference in her Jewish life.

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  • Charleston has rejoined with P2G!

    Charleston has joined communities across the Southeastern United States to be sister cities with the Hadera-Eiron region through P2G.

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    Charleston has joined communities across the Southeastern United States to be sister cities with the Hadera-Eiron region through P2G.

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    Charleston has joined communities across the Southeastern United States to be sister cities with the Hadera-Eiron region through P2G.

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Charleston Jewish Federation has partnered with our community agencies to bring a series of prominent voices that are making changes in modern Israeli society to Charleston.

 

We are honored to bring these dynamic leaders to our community. We hope that you will attend all of the speakers to hear different voices and perspectives, to strengthen your own awareness and understanding of important social, cultural and religious issues in Israel.

 

DEVORAH EVRON - IT’S COMPLICATED: NAVIGATING GENDER IN ISRAELI SOCIETY
Wednesday, June 3 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | At the JCC, 1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.
Devorah Evron is the Director of the Elga Stulman Women's Institute of Jewish Studies at HaMidrasha.
Co-sponsored with Hadassah.

 

RABBI URI REGEV - PROMOTING PLURALISM IN ISRAEL

Friday, August 28 | Oneg and Saturday, August 29 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Kiddush brunch & Lecture | At KKBE, 90 Hasell St. Uri Regev is the President and CEO of Hiddush - For freedom of religion and equality in Israel.
Co-sponsored with KKBE.

 

YIZHAR HESS - TO CONSERVE AND INCLUDE: THE BLESSINGS AND CHALLENGES OF MASORTI JUDAISM IN ISRAEL
Wednesday, November 18 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | At Synagogue Emanu-El, 5 Windsor Dr.
Yizhar Hess is the Executive Director and CEO of the Masorti Movement in Israel.
Co-sponsored with Synagogue Emanu-El.

 

RABBI SETH FARBER - BEING A JEWISH WOMAN IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Monday, February 15 | 7 pm | 96 Wentworth St

Seth Farber is the Founder of ITIM: The Jewish-Life Information Center. 
Co-sponsored with the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston 

 

RABBI ESTEBAN GOTTFRIED: THE MUSIC OF BEIT TIFILAH ISRAELI

Friday, May 6 | Israeli Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat

KKBE | 90 Hasell Street

5:30 pm Israeli Dinner | 7:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
$5 for KKBE Members; $10 for Community Members
Free For Children Under 8 Years 

Co-sponsored with KKBE
 
Saturday, May 7 | 6:30 Musical Havdala on The Beach
Kiawah Island at the Sandcastle | 1 Shipwatch Rd.
Dessert Reception To Follow at The Sandcastle

Co-sponsored with KKBE and the Jews of the Sea Islands

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO LEARN ABOUT THE EVENT THAT WE WILL CO-SPONSOR WITH BRITH SHOLOM BETH ISRAEL.

  • Journey Complete: Ethiopian Jews

    Bryan Drowos, a young Jewish Federation leader, witnessed the final airlift mission of Ethiopian Jews to start new lives in Israel.

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    Bryan Drowos, a young Jewish Federation leader, witnessed the final airlift mission of Ethiopian Jews to start new lives in Israel.

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    Bryan Drowos, a young Jewish Federation leader, witnessed the final airlift mission of Ethiopian Jews to start new lives in Israel.

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    Bryan Drowos, a young Jewish Federation leader, witnessed the final airlift mission of Ethiopian Jews to start n...

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  • Fostering a love for Israel

    Federation was in Melanie's blood, but it wasn't until her Birthright trip that she truly understood the value of Federation work.

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    Federation was in Melanie's blood, but it wasn't until her Birthright trip that she truly understood the value of Federation work.

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    Federation was in Melanie's blood, but it wasn't until her Birthright trip that she truly understood the value of Federation work.

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    Federation was in Melanie's blood, but it wasn't until her Birthright trip that she truly understood the value of...

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