Netivot Shalom’s Israel Focus Group: the V’Zot Yisrael Committee, וזאת ישראל

What we stand for

  • Israel is the Jewish homeland
  • We approach it with love
  • We are committed to its
    survival and security

  • Promote our community’s
    identity with Israel
  • Integrate identity with Israel into the life of our community through prayer, awareness, knowledge, programming and symbolic acts.
  • Bring our community together by emphasizing a positive perspective

Sunday October 22, 7 – 9pm: Rachel: Israel’s National Poet- A Musical Celebration of Her Life and Poetry (click here for more info). Written, produced, directed and performed by Efi Lubliner and Rivka Amado, with Michael Gill (piano), Joanna Martin Berg (flute), and Doron Rotem (guitar).

The following are excerpts from the J Weekly article (Aug 16, 2017) about this performance.The performance of Rachel’s poetry is a collaboration between Rivka Amado and Efi Lubliner. Lubliner describes Rachel’s poetry as “very personal, about herself and her love for the land and the people working the land. She was a real Israeli patriot. Born in Russia in 1890, Rachel Bluwstein moved to pre-state Israel (then part of the Ottoman Empire) as a teenage Zionist pioneer in 1909, and went about writing lyrical but simple poetry that often was set in the pastoral countryside of the Promised Land.Rachel began getting her poetry published in Israeli newspapers in the 1920s, but even though she was the first woman writing poetry in Modern Hebrew she didn’t get much attention until after her death in 1931 at the age of 40. Since then, many of her poems have been set to music.“We’re trying to expose Americans to Israeli culture and history,” Lubliner says. “For the simple knowledge and enjoyment of it. To enjoy and to learn.” Amado’s interest in Rachel’s poetry started in Israel where Amado was born and where all Israeli students study her poetry.Click here for more information about this concert and its performers and creators.



Monthly Sunday Events
V’zot Yisrael presents monthly Sunday 10 – 11:45 programs featuring:

  • Israeli speakers – graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and professors giving informal lectures in their area of expertise
  • Programs by Netivot Shalom members with Israel expertise or experience
  • Film and music evening programs


Monthly Sunday Evening Israeli Films

Sunday evenings at 5:30


Book group

The Book Group meets every other month to discuss books by Israeli authors.  Literature is one of Israel’s most interesting and successful “exports.” Join us in reading a variety of Israeli authors — the discussion is lively in the CNS library on the second Tuesday of every other month, 7:30 – 9:00.


Chug Ivrit

Hebrew intermediate conversation group, 1st & 3rd Sun 12-1:30 in the shul library with teacher/morah Yafit Shriki Megadish. Attend a session and see if it’s right for you!
If you are interested in organizing a beginning Hebrew class, contact

The V’zot Yisrael Committee is starting a Beginning Modern Hebrew conversation class If you are interested in signing up, please contact Dorothea ( or Joan Borkow ( The only requirement is that you know how to read Hebrew. See details in the shabbat sheet and on the flyer.


Useful links:

Israel’s 24-hour English News Internet Television Station:
It is a 24hour news feed (from the Israeli perspective) and is intended to rival CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC, etc. and it covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section.


News (English versions listed)


USA groups

  • – J Street – The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-peace Americans
  • – AIPAC – America’s Pro-Israel Lobby
  • – New Israel Fund – works for equality and democracy for all Israelis.
  •‎ – Hadassah – Women’s Zionist Organization noted for health care and hospitals in Israel
  • – Camera – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America – US-based media-monitoring organization battling “anti-Israeli bias in the media”.




Videos about Israel

Tel Aviv port wins prestigious European award


Did you know

Israeli, Muslim and Christian High School students, 72 in all met at the Israel Circus School in Kfar Yoshua, learned to touch and support each other by performing four circus acts;  trapeze, rope climbing, trampoline acrobatics and juggling. At the end, each group put on a performance, and  more importantly, attitudes changed, trust was established and friendships formed.

FoodScan 3000, an Israeli company,  has developed a hand held advanced sensor  that can detect the presence of contaminants and related chemicals in food in just three seconds before anyone can see or smell them.   It detects a change in quality at any level, and can provide a relative indication of the contamination level of cheese, milk, fruit, vegetables, meat and other foods, protecting the public before someone becomes ill from eating contaminated food.  The device is receiving world wide attention.