Israel Today: Beyond the Headlines

Israel is complex, conflicting and sometimes polarizing – but it is always central to our global Jewish identity and a cornerstone of the Baltimore Jewish community. As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we take a bold new step in engaging our leadership and community in dialogue, education and connection about Israel through the newly-formed Insight Israel Forum.    

The Forum, the first in the country, provides opportunities for Jewish Baltimore to enhance its knowledge, understanding and relationship to Israel.

Through Personal Opinion Dialogue Seminars (PODS), consisting of lectures, small group conversations, speaker events and on-line learning programs, we are facilitating open, honest and sometimes difficult discussions about Israel. You will have the opportunity to comfortably engage in respectful conversations while exploring your own Jewish journey.

The Insight Israel Forum will:

  • Strengthen our understanding & attachment to Israel.
  • Build a more cohesive community in Baltimore.
  • Mitigate polarization.
  • Increase our global Jewish awareness, identity and connection.

As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom remarked,

“The greatest single antidote to violence is conversation, speaking our fears, listening to the fears of others, and in that sharing of vulnerabilities discovering a genesis of hope.”

Questions? Contact Jeffrey M. Blavatt at or 410-369-9208.

Interested in participating in one of the PODS or to learn more, please click here.

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