Step Up for Israel

Get Educated.  Get Empowered.  Make a Difference.

Join us for a film-based education program:
5 Films + 5 Synagogues + 5 Conversations = 1 Community


Israel is constantly in the public view, but there is much more to the Jewish State than meets the eye.  Join JerusalemOnlineU and the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as we go on the road with five different films and discussions at five area synagogues.  Plan to attend all five and learn all you need to know about Israel from a diverse spectrum of world-renowned Middle East experts. is a leading online portal for Jewish distance learning. Their innovative, original film-based education program addresses the prevalent and growing need to educate and inspire Jewish college students about Judaism and Israel so that they gain a stronger Jewish identity and an appreciation of their heritage. offers a variety of classes taught by a group of prestigious educators and speakers, including former Harvard Professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Princeton professor Bernard Lewis and former UN Ambassador Dore Gold. The courses cover a broad spectrum of political and religious subjects.  They have produced four 10-hour, online multimedia courses, have graduated more than 4,000 students, and are responsible for over 62,000 hours of Jewish and Israel learning by students worldwide.’s film education courses are currently being shown to College Students, High Schools, Adult Education and Organizations.

In this series, the CRC and JerusalemOnlineU will help you discover core Israeli values and success stories born in the face of constant challenges. Understand why Israel is constantly in the headlines and explore whether media reports are balanced and accurate. Review historic moments including the founding of the modern State of Israel, and get the answers to the tough questions about Israel and the conflict. Then learn the communication techniques most effective for passionate Israel advocates.

The tools you will gain from this short course will increase your connection to Israel and empower you to encourage your friends, family, fellow students and colleagues to Step Up for Israel.



RSVP to to attend these screenings.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:30pm
Crossing the Line with Rabbi Michael Panitz
A powerful 30-minute film exposing the growing anti-Israel sentiment taking root on college campuses. 
Temple Israel, 7255 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00pm
Modern Israel with Rabbi Sender Haber
Learn about the Israel’s dynamic, innovative and humanitarian society.  This class shows how Israel has become an invaluable asset and makes the world a better place. 
B’nai Israel Congregation, 420 Spotswood Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23517

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:00pm
Israel and the West with Rabbi David Barnett
Discover Israel as a democratic nation that epitomizes Western values and explore the role the media plays in shaping negative opinions about Israel.  Two short films (Shared Values and Israel and the Media). 
Temple Emanuel, 424 25th Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00pm
Creation of a State with Rabbi Roz Mandelberg       
Examine the events that led to the establishment of the State of Israel the 1948 War of Independence, and the 1967 Six – Day War.  Discussion following the film led by Rabbi Mandelberg. 
Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Avenue Norfolk, VA 23507

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
Speak Up for Israel with Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz
This film and class provide effective tools for speaking on Israel’s behalf and countering common adverse claims made against Israel. 
Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517

For more details on this or other CRC initiatives, contact Community Relations Council Director, Robin Mancoll at

Partnership between JerusalemOnlineU and Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater along with participating synagogues.

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