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.

If you're interested in helping strengthen our relationships with women in Israel, please get involved in the twinning program by contacting Anne Friedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judy Lefton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrate the New Year with Recipes from Israel!

To celebrate the new year 5774, your award-winning WRJ of Temple Emanu-El and our twin WRJ chapter at Congregation Emet VeShalom in Israel exchanged recipes for the high holidays.

CLICK HERE for the recipes EVS members shared with us. Please click on the link for their excellent recipes to serve your family and friends as you celebrate the New Year and break the Yom Kippur fast.

And don't forget to send your favorite high holiday recipes by Sunday, September 1st to Anne Friedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so she can forward them to Emet VeShalom.

Thank you, and L'Shanah Tovah.


WRJ of Temple Emanu-El

January 29, 2013

emet veshalom

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.

Read more: January 29, 2013

September 13, 2012




L'Shana Tova 5773!

Shalom! We are pleased to send you our High Holiday Newsletter with some highlights from the summer and a Rosh Hashanah message from President Beth Loberant!

Read more: September 13, 2012


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