ANNOUNCEMENT: J Street is having an election for its national Board of Directors.  We are proud to share that our BHS member and Trustee, Jonathan Kopp, is one of four finalists for the elected seat. Online voting is open until next Friday, 12/15 to anyone who checks the box to be counted as a J Street member.  Here’s the link:

EXTRA! EXTRA! Want to learn more about what’s currently happening in Israel? There are a few reliable sources to choose from. You can read YNETNEWSHA’ARETZ, JPOST among other news media sources. Many points of view.

BHS Israel

The BHS Israel Engagement Committee has changed its name to BHSIsrael and has been re-energized by a group of 9 members. Our goal is to “create a greater presence and connection to Israel in the daily life of our synagogue community.” We will provide periodic updates in the weekly BHS News and Notes emails, including information about Israel-related programs and activities in the BHS community and around NYC as well as links to news articles about current events in Israel.

Interested in learning more? Getting involved? Contact Myriam Bucatinsky

  • Click here to read “Who is a Jew” featured in the Pluralist, Newsletter of the Israel Religious Action Center Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
  • Click here for information on the series “How do we talk about Israel: How do we know?” hosted by the ILJB & Hadassah Brooklyn – 12/10/16
  • Click here for information on the discussion “Jewish Identity Belonging & Community” presented by The Shalom Hartman Institute of America and B’nai Jeshurun.

 BHS will be participating in an exciting year-long program which will bring Shinshinim – abbreviation for Service Year Shlichim [emissaries from Israel] — into our BHS community. This program is in sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel and UJA Federation, and brings four (4) recent Israeli High School graduates to Brooklyn Brownstone as informal educators.

The shinshinim will be more broadly supervised by a Senior shaliach – named Orly Daboosh Nitzan – who will coordinate all of their activities.

Who are the Shinshinim? From an original pool of over 400 applicants our shinshinim have been selected for this program. Previous experiences in group work, leadership skills, and English language capability were just a few of the criteria. The selection process is a rigorous one. These talented young people have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year, and instead, to offer themselves as ambassadors of their country.

They will serve as informal educators at a synagogue, at a Day School, often at a youth movement and/or supplementary school. They will teach about Israel and Israeli culture, about Jewish identity and Jewish celebration. They will prepare community-wide programs about Israel. They will help with the synagogues’ youth groups, teen groups, and will touch virtually every part of the synagogue congregational life. They will work in the classrooms of the Day School, and participate in extracurricular and school wide programming. They will be a real living bridge between the community and Israel, bringing back their experiences here in Brooklyn to their communities in Israel.

Recently, the 2014 BHS Women’s Trip to Israel and the mitzvah project that developed as part of that experience were featured among UJA Federation of New York’s “Mitzvahs and Milestones” projects. Read here for the full story.

A Message from the Shinshinim