Diverse Perspectives on Israel, Explored in an Atmosphere of Respect

Israel360 is once again transitioning to a new format this year. We will hold a monthly program via Zoom. We will continue to consider many aspects of Israel–modern and ancient–from diverse viewpoints and approaches. The sessions this year will have a cultural, political, or historical focus. Please check out the weekly e-blast or this webpage for this year’s events.

Call the office for more details: 503.246.8831.

Upcoming Events

Israel360: Ben Gurion, Epilogue

Sunday, May 16 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Congregation Neveh Shalom, Israel 360 and American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) are pleased to invite you to a free online screening of the award-winning documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, to be enjoyed anytime between May 6-19, 2021, presented for the Greater Portland Jewish Community. Then join us for a free Zoom discussion with the film’s director, Yariv Mozer, live from Israel on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. PT. This 70-minute documentary brings ... Read More

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)

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.

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