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Israel Matters Committee

Organizing and supporting educational and cultural activities to raise awareness of the Jewish homeland and Zionism.


The Israel Matters Committee currently consists of more than 40 members who share a passion for Israel. We provide and sponsor programming both within CBH and in our regional community, and have internal "movie nights," at which we socialize and watch Israeli films.

To be on our mailing list, or to inquire about joining our committee, please contact George Rooks by clicking his name.

Mission Statement

The mission of Israel Matters, the only Israel committee of Congregation Bet Haverim, is to raise awareness about the Jewish homeland and Zionism through educational programs, cultural activities, cooperation with other Jewish institutions in the region (including Hillel at Davis and Sacramento) and the involvement of local and visiting Israelis in our programs.

Israel Matters' Goals:

1. Proactively support the security and well-being of Israel as a sovereign Jewish nation, and actively oppose efforts to de-legitimize Israel.

2. Expose anti-Semitism that frequently masquerades as anti-Zionism.

3. Bring to light the double standards that are uniquely employed against Israel as it attempts to defend its citizens.

4. Provide our fellow congregants timely information about events taking place in Israel, and information about how they can support Israel.

5. Increase knowledge about external and internal Israeli issues and discuss Israel’s position in the world.

6. Provide information about Israel’s numerous contributions to the arts and sciences in such fields as alternative energy, medicine, literature, agriculture, music and technology.


Israel Matters' Position on Internal Israeli Politics:

As a group, we do not take positions on internal Israeli politics. Our common interest is to provide historical perspective and accurate information about current events.


Israel Matters' Plan of Action:

We accomplish our goals by inviting speakers on a wide variety of Israel-related topics, sponsoring social and cultural events and disseminating pertinent information about Israel. Our programs include films, panels, entertainment and other events.


Events and Activities

-   "From the Temple Mount to the Red Sea:  Six Months in Israel," with George and Hila Rooks - Sunday, January 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Social Hall

 "Fostering Anti-Semitism:  Faculty Who Promote Academic Boycotts of Israel," with Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of AMCHA Initiative - Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Social Hall

-   "The Land of Genesis" film screening - Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Social Hall

-   Christians United for Israel, with Randy Neal - Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Social Hall

-   The Jewish Community of Prague - Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Social Hall

-   Israel Independence Day Community-Wide Celebration - Sunday, April 29, 2018, Redwood Grove

More events and activities for the 2018-2019 year to be posted!

For additional information, please contact George Rooks by clicking his name.


Photo Gallery

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Israel Matters table at the Davis Farmers’ Market






Israel Matters in the 2015 UCD Picnic Day Parade!


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Some of the 300+ people at CBH Israel Independence Day, Sunday, April 26,2015

Randy Neal of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) speaking at CBH, December 18, 2016


Israel Matters Committee members at a recent meeting


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Ten members of the Israel Matters Committee went to in Israel in March 2015. At left, IM member Alex Groth is at the guard gate to Kibbutz Nahal Oz, the closest kibbutz to the Gaza Border.

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At right, IM members Gail and Barry Klein are at the police station in Sderot, examining the remains of missiles fired from Gaza.

Israeli Folk Dancing Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Jun 17, 2019
Congregational Partner Photo Directory First session is June 23 & 24. Posted May 13, 2019
Art at CBH — Call for Artists Currently showing in the Social Hall are Sally Besser's pieces on Holocaust Remembrance from her "Never Again" art show. Additional pieces from her show will be on display in the Social Hall throughout the summer. Posted Apr 24, 2019
Caregivers Support Group May 1, 15 — June 5, 19 — July 3, 17. $60 for all six sessions; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session. RSVP required. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Mindful Moment Meditation This is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Most Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Posted Jan 9, 2019