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We Stand With ISRAEL

We know that our community is shocked, saddened, and angered by the escalating crisis in Israel and the horrific and brutal acts of mass slaughter and kidnapping committed by Hamas against innocent Israeli civilians, Americans, and others. Just as Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields in Gaza, they are now doing so with the kidnapped hostages. 

Many of us have friends, relatives and children who are confused by conflicting news reports and misguided or intentionally false social media. We wanted to provide a place for information regarding the War in Israel for our congregants and surrounding community. We will strive to add to and update this page as we become aware of additional resources.

* Note that newer posts will be added immediately below this section.

Sharing with Friends about Israel and Palestine

The subject of Israel and Zionism is often difficult for non-Jews to understand, and often harder to discuss. Claims of "Colonialism" and worse often punctuate the arguments of those who believe the Jewish people have no place in the Middle East. With some help from the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), we wanted to provide resources on how to engage in constructive conversation about rising antisemitism across North America and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

"Is it Antisemitism? If It Is, Now What?" This article can help you and those in your community respond to the alarming rise in antisemitism all around us, particularly in schools across the country.

"Staying Connected with Our Loved Ones, Even When we Disagree." This is an article how to stay genuine to who you are when there are no easy answers to this complicated situation. It will be particularly helpful as families with diverse viewpoints and opinions gather together over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are a couple of videos which help to counter propaganda and false claims on Israel. First, a positive message concerning the melting pot that is the Nation of Israel:

Here is a more detailed "visual essay" on the need for Israel and the Anti-Semitism that drives claims against its legitimacy:

Antisemitism on Campus

With antisemitism on campus reaching all-time highs since Oct. 7, a new resource provided in partnership of Hillel International, the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations comes at a critical moment for the Jewish community.

Any student, family, faculty, or staff member can go to the CALL website or text “CALLhelp” to 51555 to report incidents of antisemitic discrimination, intimidation, harassment, vandalism, or violence that may necessitate legal action. Lawyers will assess reports of antisemitic discrimination and hate, conduct in-depth information-gathering interviews, and provide pro bono representation for victims who choose to move forward with specific cases. CALL will also provide referrals to social services, mental health counseling services, and other relevant support services in their area.   

For more information, please review this press release from the ADL.

funds to support israel

Jewish Federations of North America: JFNA's "Operation Swords of Iron" focuses on supporting the victims, rebuilding damaged infrastructure, and addressing trauma. Donate

Jewish National Fund: The "Israel Resilience Campaign" seeks to provide evacuation assistance, front line equipment, and support. Donate

American Friends of Magen David Adom: Support for paramedics, first responders, first-aid providers, volunteers and staff of the organization. Donate

Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism: Humanitarian aid to those directly affected in the Gaza region. Donate

Security at CBI and Events

The following update was provided to our Congregation by our security partner, Secure Community Network:

  • As of Thursday, October 12 at 1:00 PM CDT, there are NO CREDIBLE THREATS to the Jewish Community in our area.
  • It is true that Hamas called for a worldwide day of action and Jihad on Friday. Again, we know of NO THREATS to the Jewish Community in our area.
  • At this time, CBI will be open for services and other events this weekend. We will notify the community via email and text messages should there be a need to change.

CBI continues to provide armed security personnel at all services and events. We ask that attendees of CBI events abide by the following security policies:

  • NO large purses, bags, or backpacks (12" x 6" x 12") will be allowed inside the building or near groups congregating outdoors.
  • Diaper bags and purses may be subject to search, or may be left in the attendee’s vehicle.
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