Israel Updates



We are “adopting” Kibbutz Nahal Oz, among those decimated by the Hamas massacre on Oct. 7. There are several TBA connections to this particular kibbutz. It is no more needy or special than any others. And yet, it does need support and we have set a goal of raising, rapidly, $180K towards its recovery. We hope to raise much more than that. 




Earlier this week we inaugurated the TBA Call Center at the TBA Cafe in our lobby. Many of you have come in and made calls to Members of Congress to relay your gratitude and express your views. It is critical that we keep this effort up on a daily basis. Some have asked for ways of doing this from home, rather than from our campus. Below are two ways in which you can make calls from home:

1. Here is our call sheet with instructions and contact information for the President and a list of Members of Congress. For each, a small list of talking points is provided. Either scan the QR code from your mobile phone, or type in the phone number to connect with the respective office, and leave your message.

2. AIPAC's Congressional Call Center
AIPAC has put together an easy-to-use website to find the phone number of your Member of Congress, as well as others. Go to and start by entering your zip code and click "Find My Members". On the next page, under "Have an extra minute", click "List another member" to get contact information for additional Members of Congress you can call. 



This mailbox (located at Cafe TBA) is ready to receive your letters for soldiers serving in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The contents will be delivered on a rolling basis.
Anyone is welcome to contribute.

World Zionist Organization: MY HOME IS YOUR HOME

One of the most important and expensive challenges is finding housing for the residents of the communities surrounding Gaza and the North, who overnight became refugees in their country. The State of Israel has evacuated most of the residents to hotels, but this is a very expensive and unsuitable solution for a family for more than a few days.

Words from Our Rabbis

Israel at War: Rabbi Kligfeld's Remarks
Saturday, October 8, 2023
A reminder that much has unfolded since Rabbi Kligfeld gave these remarks. Please keep that in mind when you watch or listen.

HaTikvah Sheli
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Sermon by Rabbi Rebecca Schatz

Prayers & Music

Dimati - written by Distant Cousins
Recorded and filmed in Nashville, TN Written 10/9/23 Words from Tehillim, Psalms
Don't turn away
Don't leave me
Hear my prayer
Listen to my tears
Rescue me
Lift me up

Prayers for Israel
Written by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California

Israel Music Playlist

We Are All Connected: A Story Collection

This story collection is designed to deepen our connections with each other by sharing the stories of our loved ones currently in Israel.


Ways to Support Israel

Jewish Federation of LA Emergency Israel Campaign

Friends of the IDF

American Friends of Magen David Adom

United Hatzalah

JNF - Israel Resilience Campaign

Lone Soldier Center

Help the terror victims of Kibbutz Nir Oz


USCJ & Masorti with Jewish Federations of North America - Direct Aid

SPNI Emergency Campaign: Help provide safe housing for families evacuated from the Gaza area in SPNI's Field Schools

Click here to send a message to your Congress representative asking that they support Israel during this horrific emergency. Or Text the word Israel to 24722.