Israel Reflections

This past year, we have celebrated Israel at 70. From the 2018 Shabbaton to the Congregational Trip to Israel in December, we explored our relationships with Israel, digging deep for an understanding of the complex yet loving, sacred yet everyday connections we have with the modern Jewish state.

Approaching Israel at 71, we continue our engagement with a virtual celebration of Yom HaAtzma’ut. Through videos and photo retrospectives, we  look at our relationships with Israel through multiple lenses. 

Please revisit this page or visit us on Facebook and Twitter for all the videos, including the final one to be posted on Yom HaAtzma'ut.

L'kha Dodi
Shabbat and Tefillot
Yom HaAtzma'ut


We begin our celebration with a video of Sheheheyanu, sung by the participants on the Congregational Trip to Israel together with Cantors Azi Schwartz and Rachel Brook during Kabbalat Shabbat in Jerusalem last December. As the words of Sheheheyanu proclaim: "Thank you, God, for bringing us to this season."

Sheheheyanu composed by Zvika Pik.
Music Director: Colin Fowler
Video: Tami Shaham
Producer: Eli Grunfeld
YMCA, Jerusalem



The second segment of our Israel Reflections series celebrates members of our community performing good deeds helping to make the world a better place both at home and in Israel.

Photo credits: Thanks to Karen Smul, Marissa Zackowitz, Rebecca Cushman, Jamie Diamond, Rabbi Charlie Savenor, Joanna Silver, and Vicki Warner.
Music: Todah by Uzi Hitman/Dalaras. Performed by Cantor Azi Schwartz.

Do Good. Feel Good. Get Involved.


L'kha Dodi

The next video in our Israel Reflections series shows how PAS worship is memorable and meaningful in any location from New York to Jerusalem.

L'kha Dodi written by Oran Eldor, performed by Cantor Azi Schwartz in Israel


Shabbat and Tefillot

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Photo credits: Thanks to Yaden Goldman, Karen Smul, Ben Asen, and Jennifer Weisbord.
Music: Shabbat Hamalka by Natalie Young. Performed by Cantor Azi Schwartz.



Celebrate Israel and Yom HaAtzma’ut with a moving rendition of Hatikvah performed by Cantor Azi Schwartz with RIAS Kammerchor, Germany’s National Radio Choir of Berlin.

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Cantor Azi Schwartz & RIAS Kammerchor
Colin Fowler, Music Director
Justin Doyle, Conductor
Raymond Goldstein, Arranger
Program notes: Dr. Anat Rubinstein
Recording Producer: Florian B. Schmidt
Video Editing: Tami Shaham


Yom HaAtzma'ut

Today we celebrate 71 years of the Jewish state. More than ever, Israel, our homeland, brings us hope. On this momentous day, we celebrate Israel with the culminating video in our series, this one reflecting on the land itself.