Diverse Perspectives on Israel, Explored in an Atmosphere of Respect

Israel360 is reassessing its format in the coming year. We will hold a monthly program either via Zoom and/or in-person. We will continue to consider many aspects of Israel–modern and ancient–from diverse viewpoints and approaches. The sessions this year will focus on Israel: Resilience, Renewal, and Realities.  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: Ishmael Khaldi: His Story

Sunday, December 5 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ishmael Khaldi will share his compelling life’s story leading to his becoming the first Bedouin diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  His life story begins living in a tent and tending flocks of sheep to serving as policy advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, including facing discrimination in Israeli society having been beaten by security guards at Jerusalem’s central bus station in June of 2020. Ishmael Khaldi was born in Khawaled, ... 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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