The Israel Forum was started 4 years ago by Albert Algazi and Alan Agree at Brothers of Israel to highlight support for the State of Israel. Over the years we have had programs and speakers detailing the events in the Middle East and how they affect Israel. In the past two years we recognized two different Christian organizations for their unwavering support of Israel and the Jewish people. Events recognizing the Friends of Israel Ministry (2011) and the Bucks County Christian Coalition (2012) saw over 300 people attending each program in which the Israel Consulate General and the Deputy Consul General participated. Our programs include films and attendance at Philadelphia wide Israel programs. WE seek people who have a love of Israel and are committed to its survival. Planning for the new year is in progress.
Past programs have included:
The history of the plight of Soviet Jewry
Media bias against Israel
Politics of Israel
Jewish National Fund
Magen David Adom
The Arab World
Jewish refugees from Arab lands
European Anti Semitism
Film presentations have included:
The Long Way Home, narrated by Morgan Freeman about Holocaust survivors efforts to reach Israel;
The Counterfeiters, true story about concentration camp
Ushpizin, Story about Orthodox in Israel
Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, fictional story about concentration camp.
Mission Statement: Improving and spreading knowledge dealing with the State of Israel through education and communication
1- Establish a permanent organization "Israel Forum" at BOI
2- Build a strong relationship with Jewish organizations
3- Look for a source of funding to support the activities under Israel Forum
4- Advertise the activities of the forum
5- Spread important news about Israel
1- Meet on a regular basis
2- Provide events and support all activities dealing with Israel on the local level
3- Promote events and include information monthly in the Voice (CBOI Newsletter)
4- Establish relationship with Israel Consulate of Philadelphia
Photo taken on the occasion of a talk by Raslan Abu Rukun, Deputy Consul General of Israel, about his experience as a Druze representing Israel. He talked about his life in Israel and about the Arab World.
Shown from left to right: Mark Melmed (Beth El, AFMDA Bucks President), Steve Minsky, Albert Algazi, Raslan Abu Rukun (Deputy Consul General of Israel, Tri State Area), Rabbi Hersch, Terry Noble (Co-Chair of the Bucks County Christian Coalition), Alan Agree.
Israel Forum Presents "The Long Way Home"
The Israel Forum will present its first program of the New New Year with a showing of acclaimed documentary "The Long Way Home", narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. This 2 hour movie examines the critical post WW II period
from 1945-1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust throughout Europe during that period. It further shows their attempts to get to British controlled Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Please join us on Thursday evening, October 25 at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Albert Algazi on Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries, Nov 18
Future Israel Forum programs will include a talk by our own Albert Algazi on the history of Jewish Refugees from Arab countries and an inside
look at the Arab/Muslim world in which he lived growing up in Egypt. Look for this on Sunday, November 18 at 10:15 am.