Visit Israel, experience the protest movement firsthand, and armed with knowledge, help spread the word in US Jewish congregations!
You have a unique opportunity to participate in a 'Solidarity Trip to Israel' to learn about the struggle for democracy firsthand, to demonstrate, and to impact your congregation through your experience and knowledge.
We are offering a pro-democracy solidarity mission to Israel on October 20 to 23.
With this one-of-a-kind opportunity you'll meet these protest leaders:
Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
Shikma Bressler, leader of the Israeli protest movement
Moran Zer Katzenstein, leader of the women’s rights movement “Bonot Alternativa”
Tamir Pardo, former head of the Mossad
Dan Halutz, former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and commander of the Israeli Air Force
Elyakim Rubinstein, former Supreme Court Justice
Prof. Ariel Porat, President of Tel-Aviv University
We have organized a packed agenda to give you a unique and unforgettable opportunity to understand the situation in Israel firsthand, to show support to our Israeli brothers and sisters protesting in Kaplan, and to bring them a message from our American congregations.
We are attaching the brochure, and registration link: https://makor.formstack.com/forms/solidarity_mission
When we spoke to Yossi Klein Halevi about this mission he said:
“This is exactly the kind of initiative that Israel needs from Diaspora Jews. With the fate of Israeli democracy hanging in the balance, this is the time for Jews around the world to stand with the most remarkable protest movement in Israel’s history, and together affirm the decent Israel we love. Standing with hundreds of Israelis waving dozens of giant Israeli flags is one of the most moving Zionist experiences you will ever have.”
No doubt, you have supported Israel in the face of external threats over decades; join this unique trip to Israel and become an advocate of Israeli democracy. Upon your return, engage your congregation and relay your experience. Take action and make an impact!
Do you feel you want to thank the Israeli protesters who are fighting to protect a democratic Israel? Do you want them to know you are supporting them? Here is the opportunity.
Between now and October 10, we invite you to submit a photo or video of your community coming together in support of Israel's pro-democracy movement, thanking the protestors.
Submissions will be compiled into one united message to be shared with the protest leaders in Israel.
Urge Members of Congress to Support Resolution Supporting Israeli Democracy
Action Start Date: July 28, 2023
House Members Schakowsky (IL) and Kuster (NH) have introduced a House resolution supporting Israeli democracy. More than 45 House members now support the resolution. This is a short, powerful, and just resolution. Here is the press release.
What you can do:
1. If your representative hasn't already signed, send this message urging them to co-sponsor:
"Dear Representative xxx,
Together with a majority of US Jewry, I unequivocally support the Concurrent Resolution Supporting Israeli Democracy introduced by representatives Schakowsky and Kuster and I strongly urge you to co-sign it. "
2. If they have co-signed, thank them. Send this message:
"Dear Representative xxx,
Thank you for co-signing the proposed Concurrent Resolution Supporting Israeli Democracy introduced by representative Schakowsky and Kuster. Together with a majority of US Jewry, I unequivocally support the Resolution and I am proud that my representative is a co-signer. "
Use this link: https://democracy.io/#!/ to find your members of congress and to communicate with them.
Write to Members of Congress
Action Start Date: July 15
The judicial overhaul will harm Israel/US relations and will hurt US national interests in the Middle East.
Together with protests in Israel and across the US, we are releasing this open letter to members of the US Congress.
The letter will be sent to several leading members of Congress.
What you can do:
Share the letter with others and have them send it to their congresspersons.
March 2023: Open letter to the Board members of Israel Bonds
Letter sent to the Israeli Bonds Board members on the occasion of Minister Smotrich addressing the annual convention. In a letter signed by more than 500 people we called members of the annual convention to reject Smotrich's address.
April 2023: Open letter to the Jewish Federations of North America
Letter sent to leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly, which convened in Tel Aviv. The letter asks the Jewish Federation organizers to invite a protest representative to speak to the General Assembly.
June 2023: Twitter campaign to AJC Leadership
Through member tweets we called on the AJC to support a democratic Israel and to invite a protest movement member to address the Forum.
We tweeted this important message to AJC Leadership: