To strengthen our bonds with Israel, WRJ of Temple Emanu-El in early 2011 established a "twinning" relationship with a WRJ chapter at an Israeli synagogue, Emet Ve Shalom (EVS).
EVS is the only egalitarian, progressive and non-Orthodox congregation in Nahariya and the surrounding Western Galilee. It has approximately 100 members but serves a much wider group of people from the area who regularly attend services, holiday celebrations, programs and activities. It is one of the oldest Reform temples in Israel.
The members of EVS are diverse, including some younger couples and families, many mature adults, native Israelis and immigrants from South America, English speaking countries, Russia and other countries too. EVS has a large group of active English speakers, as well as a large group of Spanish speakers who immigrated to Israel from Argentina.
Today, as the two WRJ chapters collaborate on programming and communicate across the miles, the ties we make are enriching the lives of members of both congregations.
Shalom Chaverim! With the recent election results in, it feels like there is a breath of possibility here. It was a wonderful way to bring in Tu B'Shvat – the "New Year of the Trees" - always a joyous national holiday. Israelis from all across the spectrum rejoice in the beauty of the land of Israel with hikes and visits to National Parks, plant new trees and eat the seven species for which the land of Israel was praised in the Bible.