December 9, 2023 ()

Resources for the Crisis in Israel









  • A History of the State of Israel: Zionism to 2023
  • When Families Disagree: Staying Connected with Our Loved Ones, Even When We Disagree
  • Rabbi Adam’s email from October 7
  • Upcoming events
  • JFGW Israel Crisis Relief Fund
  • Resources for talking to children
  • Israel Crisis Page from the Federation
  • Call for an Inspection of the Shifra Hospital

A History of the State of Israel: Zionism to 2023

How did we get here?

Join Uri Feinberg for a 7-session online course. Uri led the Temple Emanuel congregational Israel trip in August 2023 and has been a Jewish educator for 25 years. He holds a Masters Degree from Hebrew University in Contemporary Jewish Studies.

Sessions will take place over Zoom from 1-2:15pm on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11/7, 11/9, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 11/30. Due to the planned Israel Rally in DC the session originally scheduled for Tuesday 11/14 will now be held Sunday 11/19 from 2:30-2:45. Recordings of the sessions will be shared with registrants.

Register Here

$50/attendee. Course fee split between an honorarium for Uri, whose income has halted due to the war, and to support Israelis who have been victims of terrorism.

More details here

Sponsored by Temple Emanuel and Temple Shalom

When Families Disagree:

URJ shares ideas on Staying Connected with Our Loved Ones, Even When We Disagree

From Rabbi Adam:

(Email sent to Temple Emanuel community on October 7)

Dear friends,

Today was to be a joyous day as we observed Shabbat and Simchat Torah, rejoicing and celebrating the end of a beautiful, meaningful season of holidays.

Instead, we awoke to the news of a coordinated attack against the State of Israel and the Jewish people. So far, hundreds of Israelis have been murdered, thousands injured, and many taken captive by Palestinian terrorists whose charter calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state in the world and the extermination of our people.

No matter our politics or feelings about the Israeli government, let me be clear: We stand with Israel. These outrageous, inhumane acts of violence and terror against our homeland must be unequivocally and forcefully condemned. We support Israel’s right to defend her borders and her people without hesitation or exception. We hope for a speedy resolution to the conflict and a resounding defeat of Israel’s enemies. We pray for the victims of terror and their families, and we hold in our hearts our loved ones and friends in Israel.

Additionally, I encourage you to support these organizations during these difficult times.

ARZA- The Association of Reform Jewish Zionists of America

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Israel Crisis Relief Fund

Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem; May those who love you be at peace.

May there be well-being within your ramparts, peace within your citadels. ~Psalm 122

Shavua Tov,

Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser

Upcoming Events:










Tuesday November 29, 12:00pm

Join a webinar with leaders of Hand in Hand in Israel. In the midst of this very painful and difficult time in Israel, and in Gaza, Hand in Hand continues its important and inspiring work building Jewish-Arab partnership in Israel through its network of integrated schools and communities.

Register for 11/28 Webinar







December 6, 7:00pm (In person) at Adas Israel (2850 Quebec St NW)

Join Donniel Hartman, who was in DC for the rally, for a conversation with Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander of Adas Israel, moderated by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington CEO Gil Preuss, about the critical questions of this moment, the obligations of Jewish Peoplehood, and the moral considerations related to fighting a just war.

Presented by the Shalom Hartman institutute and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in partnership with Adas Israel

Register for 12/6 Event at Adas


Some excerpts from the Our Hearts are in the East special musical event on Monday October 9 are available online.

JFGW Israel Crisis Relief Fund:

The Jewish Federation has created an Israel Crisis Relief Fund to provide critical support for relief efforts as this crisis unfolds.

Donate to the Israel Crisis Relief Fund

Resources for Talking to Children:

PDF on Supporting Children After a Tragic Event by Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C

Israel Crisis Page from the Federation

PDF link here

Contact your representatives to call for an inspection of the Shifra Hospital