Israel group

Israeli-flag-wavingThe purpose of the Israel Group is to promote Menorah’s connection and engagement with Israel. Our relationship with Israel is an important component of our Reform Judaism. The Israel Group works to increase members’ commitment by bringing challenging speakers and arranging meetings designed to encourage reflection and debate on vital issues of concern regarding our Diaspora relationship with Israel. We also support the organisation of Israel events, such as Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, and welcome more members helping us plan our future programmes.

We are currently planning our new events for 2017 -18. Please get in touch if you have ideas and would like to help.

Any enquiries please contact: 


ESRA: English Speaking Residents Association in Israel 

The Israel group has over the past two years been developing a relationship with ESRA, particularly with regard to their project “Students Build a Community” which is helping the Ethiopian Community in Israel to flourish, despite its disadvantages.

You can read here in full an account of a recent visit to Menorah from Terry Morris, the Vice Chairperson of ESRA which was published in the September Shofar edition 2016.

Please click here to watch an ESRA video with Students who are mentoring young Ethiopian children as part of this project.

Other links of interest:

ESRA website

The Ethiopian Israel Community Facts and Figures Report 2012

Pictures of ESRA Ethiopian Dance Group with Shimon Peres President of Israel, and Dance Group from Netanya…

Dance gorup with SP Dance Group








Israel Cafe

A safe space to explore, listen and learn about current issues in Israel / Palestine.  Sunday mornings 10.30 – 12.30 with bagels and coffee!

Our last meeting:

Israel Café Sunday 30 Nov 2015 Mind the Gap! Can social action bridge social and economic gaps in Israel? 

With special guest speaker Eldan Kaye UJIA Regional Director of Campaigns 

A special message from Eldan to all those that came to the meeting:

Dear Friends,

I wanted to thank you personally  for the time you invested in yesterday’s Israel Café. I hope it was a positive experience for you that allowed you to engage with some of Israel’s toughest interior struggles.

It was a pleasure to discuss these issues with such a supportive, insightful group of people. Thank you to Menorah for hosting these vital sessions.

I urge you to click on this link and see for yourselves some of the investments that UJIA is making on the behalf of UK Jewry.

I hope you choose to join us on this journey and make your mark on the Jewish story as it is happening today.

Please feel free to keep in-touch (my details are below).

I wish us all Behazlacha in these pivotal times,



Eldan Kaye

Director of Regional Campaign

T 020 7424 6511   M 07961 801868  E 


New! You may be interested in finding out more about this topic by reading “The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, 2009.  They argue that greater equality makes all societies stronger. You can see a presentation on their findings by clicking here

Please see below recent article from Eldan from the Jewish Telegraph and other background information.

 Background reading:

Jewish Telegraph column by Eldan Kaye

The recent opening of the Western Galilee College

Eldan JLIFE Interview

Adva Center

Oligarchy in the Holy Land

Al Monitor


Launch of Israel Café at Menorah on Sunday 12 October 2015 10.30am – 12.30pm

Our guest speaker was Yaakov Atik from Sinai Synagogue in Leeds, who told us about their very successful experiences of Israel Cafe.

We then had a discussion on “Is Liberal Zionism still relevant today?”

Background Reading:

Jonathan Freedland- New York Review of Books, July 26 2014

Jonathan Freedland- New York Review of Books, August 14 2014

Shmuel Rosner- NY Times August 7 2014

Anthony Lerman – NY Times, August 22 2014

Amos Oz 30 July 2014


Hagar: Arab and Jewish children learning together for peace

Thursday 16 October 7.30pm – 9pm

Hannah Rendell, Hagar’s Director of Development spoke on:

The creative solutions and challenges of a bilingual, bicultural community

in southern Israel

Hagar: Jewish/Arab Education for Equality is a spring-board for social change through its bilingual, multicultural school and community programming and is situated in the south of Israel in an impoverished neighbourhood, which is often victim to rocket attacks from Gaza.

They support 250 Arab and Jewish children in a day school, two kindergartens, an early learning childhood centre and an elementary school.

Do have a look at Hagar’s Facebook page – Hagar Association: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality– and I’m sure you will come away inspired and hopeful.