Diverse Perspectives on Israel, Explored in an Atmosphere of Respect

Israel360 is transitioning to a new format this year. We will hold a major program once a quarter and intersperse short videos monthly. We will continue to 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. Please check out the weekly e-blast or this webpage for events and short videos throughout the year.

Call the office for more details and to RSVP: 503.246.8831.

Upcoming Events

Postponed – Israel360: An Evening with Yousef Bashir

Tuesday, May 5 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An Evening with Yousef Bashir is in the process of being rescheduled. We will update you as soon as we have additional information. Join us for a conversation with Yousef Bashir, a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, the son of Khalil Bashir a highly respected educator. Still suffering the effects of a near-catastrophic injury at the hands of an anonymous IDF soldier, Yousef made his way to the United States where he earned a BA ... 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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