Chair: Ned Hanover

Israel ConnectRS celebrates Israel by presenting dynamic cultural and educational programming that strengthens the bonds between RS and Israel.

Israel ConnectRS empowers our congregants to build and deepen connections with Israel by providing dynamic speakers and educational opportunities.  We celebrate  Israel’s numerous achievements in medicine, science, technology, diplomacy, and arts & culture, while exploring the complexity of Israeli society in the 21st century.

Israel ConnectRS enthusiastically welcomes new members!  We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  To learn more and be involved, please contact Ned Hanover,

In May 2024, we will embark on a 10-day (sold out) congregational journey to Israel, led by Rabbi Eli Freedman where participants will experience first-hand the land, people, and culture of a nation that is the birthplace and ancestral homeland of our Jewish people.

On Friday, October 27, 2023, our Israel Speakers Series kicks off with a Shabbat dinner presentation by Yotam Polizer, the Global CEO of IsraAID, Israel’s largest humanitarian NGO.  Polizer will discuss the agency’s respected response in every corner of the world to tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, and the devastating aftermaths of war.

On Sunday, January 21, 2024, join us for brunch and conversation with Sigal Kanotopsky, Northeast Regional Director of the Jewish Agency for Israel.  Kanotopsky, the first Ethiopian Jew to serve in this capacity, will share her compelling story and speak about Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish community.

Israel ConnectRS welcomes your interest, input, and participation. Please join us at upcoming planning meetings, programs, and events!

Israel ConnectRS Meetings
Wednesdays, September 20 & October 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Help plan programming that strengthens the bond between RS and Israel. Contact Ned Hanover.

Israel ConnectRS Speaker Series
Friday, October 27, following the Shabbat evening service
Yotam Polizer, global CEO of IsraAID, will discuss the organization’s response to tsunamis, earthquakes, epidemics, and the devastating aftermaths of war at a dinner on Friday, October 27 following the Shabbat evening service. Cost: $36/person. Register here. Contact Ned Hanover.