The land and people of Israel are central to our identity as Jews, and our connection to the land and people of Israel is central to our congregational identity.

How do we connect with Israel?


We pray for Israel's well-being every week during Shabbat services.

Anat Hoffman's Prayer for the State of Israel »

Educating the Next Generation

Deeply rooted in our curriculum, we nurture a connection to Israel - the land and its people - for our K-12 Religious School students through learning its language, studying its history, fostering a relationship with our partner synagogue in Haifa, and travel opportunities in our teen exchange.

Teen Exchange & Partnership with Ohel Avraham in Haifa

We have created an important partnership with Kehillat Ohel Avraham in Haifa, including an annual teen exchange, where teens have the opportunity to socialize, study, tour, and engage in hands-on justice projects in New York and Haifa.

Interested in having your teen participate in our exchange program? Contact our Director of Teen Engagement, Andrew Paull »


We run monthly programs covering a diverse range of topics related to Israel, we march in the annual Celebrate Israel parade, and come together as a community to mark Israel's Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) and Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron).

Supporting ARZA

We value our connection to the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), an organization whose focus is religious pluralism and the upbuilding of a vibrant progressive Jewish movement in Israel.

Congregational Trips

We take congregational trips to connect deeply to Israel in all of its beauty and complexity.

Interested in joining for a congregational trip to Israel? Let us know »

Sending Delegations to Israel Conferences

We send delegations to national conferences like AIPAC and J Street so that we can learn about Israel from a broad range of perspectives.

Israel Engagement Committee (IEC)

Want to help shape our community’s relationship with Israel? Have ideas for social and educational programming on Israel at Shaaray Tefila? Volunteer to be a part of the IEC! Interested? Let us know »