Submission #390 by Beth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)

Submission information
Submitted by DavidDiamondMC
Sun, 2013-05-05 21:58
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Club Name
Beth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)
Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference
Club Representative
Person completing form
David
Diamond
Club President at time of Convention
Jacob
Kovel
Club President Now
Jacob
Kovel
Israel / Masorti

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Breakfast program co-sponsored with the Israel Engagement Committee featured Three strong connections to Israel. The movie: Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. Program began with presentation from AIPAC on Their activities. Movie was followed by a discussion with Amit Gavish, a Jerusalem native and General Manager of Briefcam, an Israeli technology company with US Headquarters in Connecticut.
The Men's Club collaborated with the Israel Engagement Committee from our synagogue in planning this program.
A full breakfast buffet was followed by an introduction of AIPAC by local chairman and temple member Don Gershman followed by remarks by AIPAC Boston Regional coordinator. The objective was to inform attendees on what AIPAC is all about. An exceptional documentary film “Israel Inside" was purchased and licenced: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” was then shown. Unlike other documentaries on Israel that focus on political issues, this movie focused on the various things that people have been able to accomplish. An additional collaborative effort was in partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford who sponsored the funding of this movie. The program concluded with a discussion with Amit Gavish, a Jerusalem native and General Manager of Briefcam, an Israeli technology company based in Connecticut. Amit prepared and shared new insite into Isreals creative enterprenial sprit. Amit shared some insite into Isreals secret service and some missions he ran while in the IDF. Attendees were blown away by the content, impact and new insite recieved at one program. Many atendees came up to us afterward sharing that this was the best program that they had ever attended. Questions and answers lasted 40 minutes with our quests speakers.

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Self Assessment
The Men's Club has a long history of collaborating with the other programming arms of our temple. This was our first opportunity to collaborate with the recently established Israel Engagement Committee. This progam deepened the understanding and appreciation of Israel for those who attended.
With such a positive movie about Israel, this type of program does a great job in strengthening people's connection to the Jewish community. Working in partnership with the Israel Engagement Commitee as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford further connects the Jewish Men involved in this program with the community. We had attendees from two other Men's Clubs in CT
Well attended from the community, other men's Club and many congregrants that do not attend our traditional programming.
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