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iac - mission statement

Uriel Epshtein,  President of Yale Friends of Israel and guest Speaker at IAC Shabbat


Teaching against genocide. We have shown films about genocide in Darfur. We make the connection between Jewish values and the battle to halt genocide in the world.

We interact with our Christian and our Muslim neighbors and have held joint programs in our house and theirs.

Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli author, journalist and activist speaks at B'nai Israel



A sampling of our past activities

  • Several very successful Israel Fairs, where visiting Israeli merchants, artists & artisans sold their wares in our Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Community Function Hall.
  • IAC Shabbat worship services, usually 3 or 4 a year, feature important guest speakers, with discussions during the onegs.

photos from the 2016 a.i.p.a.c. conference

IAC works closely with BIRS. Here is a description of a recent three-phase program for upper grade students and their parents:

The IAC initiated an educational program with the collaboration of The Religious School. The program is divided into three phases and was designed as an interactive workshop for the 6th & 7th graders and their parents. It was presented by Rabbi Polokoff and Hadar Lubin, with participation by children, parents and teachers.

Phase One- Jewish History- depicted the colorful and rich history of immigration of Jews to their homeland over the years.
Phase Two- Modern Israel- highlighted the similarities between Israel and the US as two democracies with shared values. 
Phase Three- About Advocacy- describes  the various forms of advocacy. The program is designed to be informative, interactive, and fun. The participants will be given ample opportunities to explore the different topics and to discover their own personal connection to the material.

For information on IAC email Hadar Lubin


President Dawn Tendler at the opening of our screening of The Case for Israel



The Israel Advocacy Committee (IAC) is committed to:

Teach our congregation the essential and irrevocable connections between Israel and Diaspora Jewry, including history, culture and issues of security.

To highlight Reform Judaism's link to Israel and the need to promote religious pluralism in Israel and the Diaspora. 

To be active and pro-active in protecting and projecting Israel's image to the general community.

To take up the cause of human rights for all peoples.

To fight for justice in the international community for Israel and its people, including combating antisemitism everywhere.

To cooperate with other Jewish organizations that share these goals.

The Israel Advocacy Committee of  B'nai Israel takes its mission statement seriously.  We welcome new members who would like to work with us. Please contact 
Hadar Lubin if you are interested in working with us. To implement our mission, we collaborate with the Board of Education of BIRS (B'nai Israel Religious School) and with our roof mates, the Jewish Federation.  The IAC has close ties with AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee); and with ADL (Anti-Defamation League), and with PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting).

A virtual trip to Israel, for which through the generosity of a B'nai Israel family, we had an Israeli guide lead us on a make believe bus tour of Israel, complete with a live online trip to the Western Wall. The experience included authentic Israel dance, food, and costumes of the diverse Israeli population.

On March 22nd as part of the AIPAC delegation B’nai Israel’s own Sarah Hill contributed to the discussion while lobbying Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and her staff. Sarah went beyond the basic briefing materials to relate the effect of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel’s water system, to the edification of all present.  She is shown here with Esty’s Chief of Staff Tony Baker, her mother Tracy, Rabbi Eric Polokoff and other AIPAC delegates, (photo on far right) .