Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation
Friends of Israel Committee


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends of Israel, SLJC is to raise awareness regarding Israel’s current status and needs through a variety of educational programs, written materials and events focused on the historical reviews, political perspectives and arts/culture to the congregation and the entire Sun Lakes community. This is accomplished by presenting three speakers events each year

After pursuing this course for some approximately three years the committee decided in 2016 to make Lone Soldiers in the IDF as an advocacy project which will meaningfully influence the future safety and welfare of the State of Israel as the Jewish homeland.

Topics of previous Presentations:

         Construction of the New Intel Building by Project Supervisor from Israel

         The historical right to the land of Israel by the Jewish people

         Ancient History of Jewish People

         The Lone Soldier program and American Jewish Youth

         The Birth-Right Missions

         The Book “One Moroccan Woman” by the author

         Is Anti-Israel sentiment the same as Antisemitism?

 “A Case for Israel- Updated” by a Former Director of ZOA

January 8, 2017- “The BDS Movement” by Shahar Edry- American Israel Council Jake Bennett, Past                       Phoenix ADL Director

March 26, 2017 – Is Israel a Jewish State or a State of Jews by Rabbi Michael Beyo CEO, East Valley JCC

October 29, 2017 - Action, Not Just Talk: Learn Concrete Strategies to Combat Media’s                   

Demonization of Israel and Jews by Ginette Weiner, Published Commentator and Activist

Lone Soldier Project

The Lone Soldier Project is sponsored by Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. This social action project is managed by the congregation’s Friends of Israel Committee.

By way of explanation, Lone Soldiers refers to those young men and women, who come from all over the world and travel to Israel, to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.) They serve alongside Israelis in the defense of their country.  Can you imagine what bravery this must take; to leave behind the comfort of home, family, friends and all that’s familiar to you, and travel thousands of miles in order to help ensure that Israel continues to exist!!

In this regard, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation has decided to recognize the contributions of these committed young soldiers by sending them packages from home filled with items that they always need, such as toiletries, warm knitted hats, etc. Our Israeli Partner, Chayal el Chayal (Soldier to Soldier) will see to the delivery of our packages to them.

A donation of $25.00 will allow the Lone Soldier Project to send a gift of a Personal Care Package (travel size toiletries, socks and snacks) and a hand knitted hat, for cold weather assignments to active duty Lone Soldiers. Additional donations are being accepted to support the project and to identify previous Lone Soldiers in the State of Arizona and recognize them for their service.

Friends of Israel


1.Rabbi Beyo  speaks about the current situation in Israel.

MWC: This will be an insightful, knowledgeable, truthful talk about the reality of life in Israel right now. You will not want to miss it!!!!

Can Israel be both Jewish and Democratic? Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO, will lead an open discussion about the current state of Israel and what current events can mean for the country's future at the Sept. 19 Tuesdays at the J program. The group meets at 10 a.m. for refreshments and conversation and the speaker is 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Free,reservations required at

The EVJCC is located at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler

2.Michael Ordman's Feel Good Israel, August 20, 2023


3.Current Palestinian Issues

The History of the Land Is Jewish, Not Palestinian

The claim by the elected representatives of the Israeli Arab public that they are the original owners of the land while the Jewish citizens of Israel (and, by implication, the State of Israel itself) are “colonialist invaders” is a complete inversion of historical reality. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration about the legality of the West Bank’s Jewish communities, along with President Trump’s peace plan based on that principle, offers a unique opportunity to correct that mistaken notion by applying sovereignty to all Israeli West Bank communities.

MWC: this article highlights the historical conflict as to the rights of Palestinians to the land in Samaria and Judea ( the West Bank)

Palestinian Society Sinks into Shambles-Opinion

According to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 80% of Palestinians want 87-year-old P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas to resign. An Arab News/YouGov poll indicates 63% of Palestinians feel underrepresented by both Hamas and Fatah, the two most powerful Palestinian factions. In fact, just 11% have confidence in Fatah, while only 19% have confidence in Hamas.

At the same time, the majority of Palestinians—71%—support the formation of armed terrorist groups like Lions’ Den. In addition, 52% of Palestinians support continued “armed struggle”—more terrorism—against Israel.

MWC: This article focuses on the current chaos and positioning for  control by different Palestinian factions

by James Sinkinson /, August 10, 2023

Palestinian 'Unity' To Destroy Israel

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist and Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority   met to discuss ways of "unifying [Palestinian] national efforts" in the fight against Israel, according to senior Hamas official Hussam Badran. When Hamas refers to "efforts" against Israel, it is referring to shootings, stabbings, rockets and car-ramming attacks. As its covenant unambiguously states, Hamas believes that terrorism is the only way to achieve its goal of destroying the "Zionist entity."

MWC: The several Palestinian factions are beginning to realize that they need each other to reach their goals . Iran has a strong hand in all of this.

Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute, July 31, 2023

 Israel-Saudi peace can end all hope for Palestinian statehood – opinion

Netanyahu is unwilling and unable to give Saudis and Americans what they say they want – Palestinian statehood – but in reality, both are willing to settle for much less.

 MWC: The Palestinians may be the unintended casualties to reach the higher American goal of harmony with Saudi Arabia

DOUGLAS BLOOMFIELD, Jerusalem Post, August 12, 2023

4.Music Video

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, here is a preview of Hashkiveinu by Azi Schwartz.






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