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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. 

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.

Upcoming Events

ThursdayThu, 22 DecDecember, 2022

Family Mission to Israel

Thursday, Dec 22nd (All day)Join our Temple Israel community on a Family Mission to Israel! This December, our congregation will finally be returning to Holy Land. Dates of travel are December 22, 2022 - January 2, 2023.




Temple President Joe Bigelman spoke on Yom Kippur about knowing the facts that will let us speak up for Israel. Order your copy of Noa Tishby’s Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth from your favorite bookseller. An audiobook is also available narrated by Noa herself. Noa's book is a fun read and a great tool to sort out the facts from falsehoods on Israel and Zionism. If you are a college student or require financial assistance, please call Temple and we will send you a free copy.

Click here to purchase your copy of Noa's book.

Rediscover Israel from many exciting angles with our clergy every month, beginning in January.

  • January 6th: Israel at the Crossroads of Antisemitism: The Challenge on Campus (Rabbi Bennett). To learn more, or to watch this program CLICK HERE
  • February 3rd: Israel: A Simple Guide - Book Discussion 
    (Rabbi Hornsten & Yiftah Leket, our community shaliach). To learn more, or to watch this program CLICK HERE
  • March 3rd: Israel at the Crossroads of Women's Rights: When it's worth getting arrested (Rabbi Kaluzny & Anat Hoffman) CLICK HERE
  • April 7th: Israel: A Simple Guide - Book Discussion 
    (Cantor Smolash and Daniel Aschheim) CLICK HERE
  • April 12th, 19th, 26th & May 3rd: Israel & Pop Culture 
    (Cantor Neil Michaels) CLICK HERE


Noa Tishby is a producer, actor, writer and newly appointed Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism & the Delegitimization of Israel, who speaks around the world on Zionism and BDS. Come engage with this compelling author on May 16, 2022 as she discusses all we need to know to be a champion for our homeland.

6:00pm: Pre-Glow ($180/person) Includes heavy apps, wine, a signed copy of Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth and a discussion.

7:30pm: Main speaking event 


Learn more & RSVP here


Read More

Hungry for even more in-depth knowledge? Here is a list of books our clergy recommend to keep broadening your perspective:

Fault Lines (Menachem Creditor, Amanda Berman) – a collection of essays from American progressive Zionists, including our own Cantor Smolash:
Click here to purchase

How to Fight Anti-Semitism (Bari Weiss) - an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country.
Click here to purchase

Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered (Sarah Tuttle-Singer) - a book for anyone who’s wondered who really lives in Israel, and how they coexist.
Click here to purchase

People Love Dead Jews (Dara Horn) - Horn draws upon her own family life to assert the vitality and depth of Jewish life against an antisemitism that, far from being  disarmed by the mantra of "Never forget" is on the rise.
Click here to purchase

Visit israel

Your heart will soar visiting Israel with your Temple clergy. Sign up now for one of our planned Israel Missions:

Family Mission: December 22, 2022 - January 2, 2023
Join the clergy of Temple Israel for this once-in-a-lifetime family trip to Israel. We will travel to the Negev Desert, Tel Aviv, ancient and modern Jerusalem, the North, and more in this adventure-filled multi-generational itinerary. The trip is highlighted by a Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem in a shabbat worship service you will never forget. Come with us to hike, bike, explore, taste, worship, and learn about the amazing culture and people of our homeland.

For information or to register visit our Family Mission page.

Teen Mission: June 20 - July 15, 2022                                            It's time to think about next summer...It's time for ISRAEL!

If you love adventure, amazing food, hiking, Judaism, history, incredible food, culture, leadership, traveling (and did I mention food?), Teen Mission to Israel is for you! TM22 is open to all high school students currently in grades 9-12, including seniors graduating this year.

Adult Mission: March 12 - 21, 2023
Get ready! We’re going back to Israel as a community for the first time in over a decade and want you to join us.

Here’s your chance to experience the heart and soul of Israel and the Detroit Jewish community at the same time. To explore the history, beauty, tastes, sounds, magic and wonder of the Homeland together. 2023 is Israel’s historic 75th Anniversary, too.

For information or to register visit our Adult Mission page.


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.

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782