ISAAC, an acronym for the Israel Support and Awareness Committee, is a committee which organizes activities centered around the State of Israel. The committee was formed in 2002 in response to a wave of terrorism that was devastating the Jewish state at that time. Our goal primary goal was to provide support, be it financial or emotional, to our brethren in the Middle East. Toward that end, among the many things we did, we “adopted” an Israeli family after the father was killed by sniper fire. In addition to the help we provided to that family, we raised funds for Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross, as well as the Friends of the IDF.
The violence thankfully abated in Israel, and we turned our purposes to keeping Temple members connected with the people and culture of Israel. Several speakers have been brought in to share different experiences in Israel. We have sponsored an Israel Film Festival, highlighting the fantastic cinema coming out of Israel. Each year on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we join Jews throughout world in celebrating Israeli independence at Café Tel Aviv, a party with Israeli food and dance following services. Since our inception in 2002, Rabbi and Debby Perelmuter have hosted two separate inspiring trips to Israel.
The members of ISAAC, like Israelis themselves, have various political views concerning Israel. As such, we do not advocate a specific political agenda. What we have in common is a deep commitment to Jewish statehood and a vital connection to Israelis. We see American and Israeli Jewry as integrally tied. We believe that Israel must always be high on the Reform Temple agenda.
Please join us.