MERCAZ-Canada Israel Advocacy

DOES YOUR SYNAGOGUE MAKE ISRAEL ADVOCACY, AWARENESS & PROGRAMMING A PRIORITY?

Here are some useful suggestions and links for further information:

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Issue weekly/monthly/holiday e-news with up-to-date information on what's happening in Israel.
  • Keep regularly updated Israel information sheets in the synagogue with other synagogue publicity
  • Create an "Israel Wherever You Go" program in the synagogue
    "Israel Wherever You Go" utilizes unexpected places to encourage individuals to read Israel information sheets. Post Israel information sheets and Israel facts on bathroom stalls, mirrors, doors, kitchens, etcetera. Vary the information with historical information, Hebrew terms and phrases, news, Israeli culture, sports, academia and the arts. Be sure to keep your information current, and replace sheets when they become ragged.
ADVOCACY:

Join a media watchgroup. Follow the Israel Consulate. Write letters to the newspaper and your MP when you see inaccurate and biased coverage of Israel in the media.

WEBSITES:

News Israeli Government & Jewish Community Educational Resources
www.dailyalert.org
www.jta.org
www.ynetnews.com
www.honestreporting.com
www.cicweb.ca
www.cjpac.ca
www.israel21c.com
www.mfa.gov.il
www.wzo.org
www.jewishagency.org
www.doingzionism.org
www.goisrael.com
www.masorti.org
www.cija.ca
www.uscj.org
www.koach.org
www.mercazusa.org
www.jtsa.edu
www.rabbinicalassembly.org
www.schechter.edu
www.conservativeyeshiva.org
www.jewisheducators.org
www.jyda.org
www.virtualjewishlibrary.org
www.myjewishlearning.com
www.zionismontheweb.org

YOUTH PROGRAMMING

Travel to Israel builds strong relationships with our homeland. Encourage your youth to experience Israel through United Synagogue Youth (USY) pilgrimage programs, Ramah Seminar or high school, NATIV year in Israel, etcetera. MERCAZ-Canada, USY and Ramah offer scholarships for Israel travel. Many synagogues also maintain funds to support youth travel to Israel.

ISRAEL TRIPS

Many synagogues offer trips to Israel. Smaller synagogues may consider joining with other synagogues or organizations..

FUNDRAISING FOR ISRAEL

Encourage your congregation to support Israeli fundraising organizations. Encourage individuals to choose wisely in making donations. Know exactly what your funds support. Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports Masorti/Conservative Movement programmes and outreach in Israel.

GENERAL PROGRAMMING

Plan Israel focused programs throughout the year, especially around Yom Haatzmaut. Invite Israeli themed speakers or musical groups. Have a BUY ISRAEL campaign. Dedicate at least one Shabbat a year to programming about Masorti Israel.