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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
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The Israel Forum was started in 2009  to highlight support for the State of Israel. Over the years we have had programs and speakers related to the events in the Middle East and how they affect Israel. Our programs include films and attendance at Philadelphia-wide Israel programs.

New committee members are always welcome!

Here is an example of what we do:
The Israel Forum  recently showed the documentary film "The Long Way Home" on Sunday, March 10 from 10 am to Noon.This program was opened to and attended by the community at large.  This film was shown in January of last year but because of the important story it tells we showed it again this year in commemoration of Yom Ha'Shaoah (May 2) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (May 9). The film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, traces the post World War Two period from 1945-1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of holocaust survivors and their ultimate at- tempts to reach British ruled Palestine. Events in Eu- rope are recalled during this period as well as the fighting leading up to Israel's declaration of Independence on May 14,1948. The message of this film brings home the reason that the State of Israel is so important to the Jewish people. The survival of Israel in 1948, 1967 and on Yom Kippur of 1973 brings us full circle to today where Israel's enemies, led by Iran, threaten their destruction on a daily basis. The rise of Anti-Semitism throughout Europe and the Muslim World makes the survival of Israel more important than ever as Jews have a potential country that welcomes them without waiting. Just imagine if that were the case in the 1930's as the Nazi's rose to power.

Alan Agree, Israel Forum. This piece is the opinion of the author.

THE IMPACT OF AIPAC

I just returned from my 12th AIPAC policy conference in Wash- ington, DC. As in the past the experience was exhilarating. The 3 day conference featured prominent Democrats and Republicans as well as Israeli and US diplomats speaking on the bonds be- tween Israel and the United States. The list of speakers included Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, Israeli Lt.General (res) Ben- ny Gantz, VP Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Senator Chuck Shum- er, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Elliot Engel, Joe Lieberman, Rep Steny Hoyer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Bob Menendez and so many others.

The breakout sessions that I attended were " Countering Iran's Nuclear Ambitions and Regional Aggression", "The Military Ca- pabilities of Israel's Neighbors", "The US -Israel Counter Terror- ism Strategy" and “Preparing the Pro-Israel Movement for an Uncertain Future". The speakers at these sessions include aca- demics, diplomats and military personnel. The theme of the gen- eral speakers was that Anti-Semitism from any quarter must be condemned. Charges of dual loyalty and buying off Congress on behalf of Israel were unacceptable, by anyone, let alone the con- gresswomen who pronounced those statements. The most impas- sioned speech that I heard was from Chuck Shumer.

Check this out by going to the AIPAC website, and look for speeches at the 2019 Policy Conference. The conference ended with our visit to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Senators Casey and Toomey to lobby for continued military aide for Israel, including the Missile Defense as in Iron Dome and David 's Sling. There were 18,000 attending this year including almost 4,000 high school and College students. AIPAC 's efforts are a lifeline to the survival of the Jewish State.

The content of this article is the opinion of Alan Agree, Israel Forum Chairman

Thu, May 23 2019 18 Iyyar 5779