Israel360: Diverse Perspectives on Israel, Explored in an Atmosphere of Respect            


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm
Sharing Life Stories: Bridging Our Perspectives on Israel
Facilitated by Elad Vazana

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies
RSVP required as there are only 150 spots available.

“Story is the shortest distance between people.”

Israeli Elad Vazana is an artist, educator, multi-narrative tour guide, and experienced mediator and facilitator of successful face-to-face relationship building for social change. For 15 years he has helped Palestinian and Israeli youth and adults — Muslims, Christians, Jews, and others — build trust while experiencing that “an enemy is one whose story we have not heard.”


Monday, June 12, 7:00pm
Nani: A Musical Journey into the Ancient Roots of Israeli Music

Congregation Neveh Shalom and Israel360 present a special evening of Israeli music by international musical artist Nani. Nani’s hypnotizing vocals breathe new life into the ancient Ladino language, bringing together Middle Eastern musical blends with all-time favorite Hebrew songs and Jazz standards. $18 per person.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


RSVP requested: 503.246.8831 ~

Sponsorship is sought for future programming. Please contact for more information.


Please join us in this ongoing series about Israel. These fascinating discussions will present Israel from all angles and perspectives and will feature respectful dialogue. Call the office for more details and to RSVP: 503.246.8831.


About Israel360

Israel360 is a pilot project of The Kindness Commons™ and is housed at Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, Oregon.

Israel360 is a series of regularly occurring programs that will consider many aspects of Israel–modern and ancient–from diverse viewpoints and approaches. Some sessions will have a cultural, political or military focus, while other events will examine Israeli history, sociology or the peace process.

In today’s world, any mention of Israel can be contentious, because people arrive at events with pre-formed opinions. To help us grow past this, and to model the Jewish values of shmirat halashon (thoughtful speech), derekh eretz (civility) and makhlokhet l’shem shamayim (directed dialogue), all programs will be facilitated.

At each event, attendees will be reminded of a set of guidelines for participation. The goal is to ensure that dialogue and discussion are respectful and that questions and comments spring from a sense of curiosity rather than a desire to prove a position or score a rhetorical point.


About The Kindness Commons™:

*The Kindness Commons™ is an initiative and gift of Rabbi David Kosak. Like all commons, it provides free access to necessary societal goods. In this case, those goods are the Jewish tradition’s deep wisdom on how to build functional, caring and durable communities. Core components and teachings of The Kindness Commons™ center on:

  • Kindness (chesed)
  • Civility and caring behavior (shmirat halashon and derekh eretz)
  • Rich and respectful conversation and dialogue (makhlokhet l’shem shamayim), 
  • Mutual responsibility (kol yisrael ma’arivin zeh b’zeh and tikkun olam)



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