As a result of the terrorist attacks in Israel, we know there is a strong desire from many in our community to help. Below are some ways you can support, act, learn, and connect during this time.

This page will be updated as we have new opportunities and suggestions, so consider bookmarking it and checking back.


Tikkun Olam

Following a call to our congregation for Tikkun Olam initiative submissions, we have selected “Our Family in Israel” as our major initiative. This initiative supports members of Kibbutz Kfar Azza as they go through the healing and rebuilding of their community.

Led by Rabbi Belle Michael and Lisa Raphael, this project is comprised of several components aimed at strengthening the population of Kfar Azza and building relationships with our Israeli brothers and sisters. It also deepens our relationship with our new family in Israel who visited our congregation earlier this year.

Visit CBB’s Tikkun Olam webpage for more information.


Act

  • Amplify CBB’s Facebook and Instagram posts, or share your own content in support of Israel on social media
  • Click here to tell the media to do better in coverage of the war in Israel (via ADL)
  • Click here to tell the Senate to immediately confirm a U.S. Ambassador to Israel (via ADL)
  • Click here to find your elected officials and tell them Israel needs their support and to vote favorably for additional support

Learn & Connect

  • Run for Their Lives – Every Sunday at 4 PM at Shoreline Park. Join the Santa Barbara chapter of this global run/walk event that calls for the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza. Every Sunday at 4 PM at Shoreline Park, by the Freedom Trail (east side) we read the names of the hostages and walk together for 18 minutes singing Hatikvah and other songs. We’ll gather every week until the hostages are released. Join the WhatsApp chat for more info here.

  • Click here for a recording of the visit from eight remarkable women from Kibbutz Kfar Azza, as they share their experiences with our community at Friday Night services (February 2024).
  • Click here for a recording of Understanding the Israeli Supreme Court Ruling: A Zoom Update with Steve Zipperstein – Friday, January 12 at Noon. Please join us for a discussion with CBB’s own legal expert, Steve Zipperstein, who will explore the major recent Israeli Supreme Court landmark ruling striking down a key provision of the Netanyahu government’s judicial reform initiative. Steve will discuss the issues in the case; why the Court ruled the way it did; and the short- and long-term consequences of the ruling. In addition, he’ll also look at the recent genocide allegations filed by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice.
  • Click here for a recording of Israel-Gaza War: A Zoom Update with Steve Zipperstein. Please join us as our very own current affairs and legal expert Steve Zipperstein reviews the latest developments from Israel and Gaza and offers some thoughts about where events may be headed next. (from Friday, December 1)

  • Click here for a recording of the GHIS student discussion session, facilitated by Nurit Gery. The students, composed of graduates and current students, spoke of the positive impact of GHIS and their hopes for the future. (from Monday, November 20)

  • Click here for a recording of A Report from the Ground in Israel with Ori Goldfarb (from Thursday, October 19)
  • Click here for a recording of Israel at War: An Update with CBB member Steve Zipperstein (from Friday, October 13)