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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

SundaySun, 22 DecDecember, 2024

Family Mission to Israel 2024

Sunday, Dec 22nd (All day)Join our Temple Israel community on a Family Mission to Israel in 2024!




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.

April 13th @ 7:00pm: What Comes After Antisemitism? 
In response to antisemitism, award-winning author, Bari Weiss, presents several options for actionable behaviors of the Jewish community. Rabbi Josh Bennett facilitates creative brainstorming session where we will explore a variety of scenarios and how we can respond to the challenges of the day. This conversation will be an insightful balance of history and the future of our congregation. This event is open to the community and available both in person and over zoom.

May 1st @ 4:30pm: High School Book Club 
High school students are invited to join Rabbi Lader for a critical discussion on the rise of antisemitism and our roles in combating it. What can teens do now and how can they be prepared as they venture onto college campuses nation wide?
Registration coming soon.


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.

Thu, September 28 2023 13 Tishrei 5784