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Temple Israel was founded on the Zionist ideal of enthusiastic support for the Jewish State. This new initiative celebrates our vibrant Jewish homeland with so many ways to connect to Israel. 

Upcoming Events

FridayFri, 21 AprApril, 2023

Israel at 75!

Friday, Apr 21st 5:30p to 8:00pTemple Israel is pleased to invite the community to join us as we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s seventy-fifth Independence Day!




With antisemitism and antizionism on the rise, it's more important than ever to educated ourselves on how to combat such hatred. 

On May 3rd, we are excited to  welcome Bari Weiss, author of How to Fight Antisemitism, and guest Mitch Albom for a crucial conversation on antisemitism and antizionism. 

Leading up to this event, we have 2 incredible programs led by our clergy where they explore different aspects of Bari Weiss' book. We hope you will take advantage of these wonderful learning opportunities.

March 21st @ 7:00pm: Antisemitism on the Left & Right.
Cantor Smolash explores the critical issue of the rise of antisemitism on both sides of the political landscape.
CLICK HERE to register.

April 13th @ 7:00pm: What come after antisemitism? 
Rabbi Bennett explores how we can respond to when faced with challenges in a post-antisemitic America. 
CLICK HERE to register.


Bari Weiss is an author, editor and content creator winning numerous awards and accolades for her work including the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, the Per Ahlmark award in recognition of her moral courage and Reason Foundation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize, which honors writing that “best demonstrates the importance of freedom with originality, wit, and eloquence.” In 2019, Vanity Fair called Bari the Times's "star opinion writer" and The Jerusalem Post named Bari the seventh most influential Jew in the world.

Currently, Bari Weiss is the editor of Common Sense and the host of the podcast Honestly. From 2017 until 2020, Bari was a staff writer and editor for the Opinion section of The New York Times. Before joining the Times, Bari was an oped editor at The Wall Street Journal and an associate book review editor there. For two years, she was a senior editor at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish news, politics, and culture, where she edited the site's political and news coverage. Bari is a PROUD Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Columbia University.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 3rd for an incredible evening with Bari Weiss at Temple Israel.

Learn more & RSVP here


Please take a moment to listen to the speech given by our President, Joe Bigelman, on the importance of being educated and empowered to speak up for Israel.


A curated selection of the very best online videos to sort out fact from fiction:

Can You be Zionist and Progressive?

The Real History of Israel

State of the Union


Zionism: New Goals

Connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism (Sacks)

Does Israel Act as an Apartheid State?
Read the Article

Is Israel an Occupying Power?
Read the Article

What is Hamas?

Can the I-P Conflict be solved?

BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel

If You Hate Israel

Chloé Explains it All


Our gratitude to the Barr family for the Miriam and Dr. Isaac Barr Israel Education Fund which supports this important initiative. Miriam (Miri) Barr survived the Holocaust, and had a deep passion her whole life for the State of Israel. This initiative is lovingly dedicated to her blessed memory by Dr. Isaac Barr.

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