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

Reconnect to Jerusalem with a Live, Interactive Tour of the Old City’s Jewish Quarter

Sunday, December 13 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, December 13 on Zoom, 12:30pm Pacific time | 10:30pm Israel time Experience a brand-new way to visit Israel: a fascinating hour-long live tour with master guide Yoni Zierler. Blending history, storytelling, and trivia, Yoni will help bring extra light to our Chanukah celebration. Explore the deep and rich Jewish connection to Jerusalem as you hear the stories and see the sights of those who called Jerusalem their homes many centuries ago. Then, take that ... Read More

The Mystery of Herod the Great

January 31, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Mystery of Herod the Great: Colorful Insights by our own Rob Kahn, Rabbi and Israeli Tour Guide Sunday, January 31 on Zoom, 11:00am Pacific time | 9:00pm Israel time Every visitor to Israel cannot but be awestruck by the 2000-year-old monuments built by Herod. He greatly enlarged the Second Temple atop the vast Temple Mount platform with the sacred Western Wall as part of its base. He constructed the luxurious three-tiered palace at Masada. Out of nothing, ... 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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