Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El

The Little Shul with the Big Heart

8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-635-1505 | Email: joan@mbiee.org

Israel Connection

At MBIEE, we maintain a strong connection with and actively support Israel.  Many of our members were born in Israel, have family living in Israel, or have visited Israel at some point in their lives, and understand the importance of this country to each of us as individuals and to the Jewish community at large.

Our synagogue is involved in a variety of initiatives that support Israel and we encourage you to learn more and get involved in any of the following:

MasortiMasorti, the Hebrew word for “traditional,”   is the name of the Conservative movement around the world.  MBIEE supports the efforts of the Masorti movement in Israel.  VIsit the Masorti website to learn more: www.masorti.org  

Kehillat Veahavta – As part of our support for the growing Masorti movement in Israel, MBIEE has developed a special relationship with Kehillat Veahavta, a Conservative synagogue in Zichron Yaakov, Israel.  By fostering a connection with individuals in this specific synagogue we believe that we can help improve understanding between the Diaspora and Israel – a goal that will benefit us all.  Through this partnership with MBIEE, Veahavta hopes to learn about maintaining a vibrant Jewish community and looks forward to sharing learning and successes. In addition,  the synagogue hopes to welcome many of you to Veahavta and Zichron Yaakov and to share the beauty of this special synagogue, this special town and this very special country that is part of us all.  Read more: www.kbyonline.org/v-ahavta

Mercaz– is the Zionist membership organization of the Conservative Movement, the voice of Conservative Jewry within the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Zionist Movement and the Jewish National Fund to support religious pluralism in Israel and strengthen the connection between Israel and the Diaspora.  Each member of Mercaz increases the power and ability of the Conservative movement to influence decisions and gain financial support.  www.mercazusa.org

Stand With Us – StandWithUs is an international, non-profit organization that believes education is the road to peace.  StandWithUs is dedicated to informing the public about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues.  Through print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, social media and internet resources, they ensure that the story of Israel’s achievements and ongoing challenges is told on campuses and in communities around the world. www.standwithus.com

Israel Bonds– Every year during the High Holy Days, MBIEE encourages members to participate in our annual Israel bond drive,  to show our congregational support for this important endeavor.  www.israelbonds.com

Support the IDF – Many members of MBIEE have family who are currently serving or have served in the IDF.  Support the IDF and the soldiers who defend Israel by supporting Friends of the IDF.  www.fidf.org.

Jewish National Fund – Support JNF and make a difference in the land of Israel. JNF builds and supports Israel thought its work with Forestry & Ecology, Security, Education, Community Development, Water, Tourism & Recreation, and Research and development. www.jnf.org

Buy Israel Goods – There is a simple way for our Greater Philadelphia community to show our love and support for Israel: by buying Israeli goods.  Buy Israeli food for your holiday celebrations. Buy Israeli crafts as gifts.  Buy Israeli goods because it’s a terrific way to show the people of Israel we stand with them.  Federation’s B.I.G. Philly web site, jewishphilly.org/BIGphilly has everything you need to get started.