Celebrate Israel’s 75th Anniversary with Us!

Temple Isaiah members are invited to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, with a number of community events offering fun and learning.

April 21, 8pm — Rabbi Axler’s Israel Update Sermon 

During our Shabbat Service Rabbi Axler will share about the recent congregational trip he led to Israel, as well as his impressions on the protests and current affairs in Israel.


April 23, 1:15–3:30pm — Family Community Celebration

Temple Isaiah is proud to host the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration, featuring Israeli folk dancing, activity stations for children, and an Israeli food truck. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.


April 23, 4pm — Jerusalem Quartet at the Horowitz Center at Howard Community College

Known for their passion, precision, and tireless quest for perfection, the Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. In their program for Candlelight, Music Under Tyranny, this world-class ensemble will perform works by Prokofiev, Bartók, and Shostakovich, while exploring the power of music to shine hope and heart into the darkest corners of the human experience. This program will also be narrated by WBJC-FM Program Director, Jonathan Palevsky.

Learn more and purchase tickets at https://candlelightconcerts.org/concerts/2022-2023/jerusalem-quartet. Temple Isaiah members can save 50% on the ticket price — check your email for a special discount code, or email Rachel@templeisaiah.org.


April 26, 7pm — “Looking back and Looking Ahead: 75 Years of Independence.”

Join Ortal Zinger, Howard County’s Shlicha (emissary) from Israel for an evening of learning celebrating 75 years of Israel. Explore Israel’s Declaration of Independence, hear eyewitness accounts of independence, and learn from Ortal about the mindset of today’s Israelis. Light refreshments will be served. Register for this and any of the other events with Ortal HERE.


May 10, 7pm — Ancient Land: Archeology in Israel with Ortal Zinger

Learn about some of the many archeological sites in Israel and what they teach us about ancient life in the Land of Israel. Register for this and any of the other events with Ortal HERE.


May 17 — Israel Book Club: Can We Talk About Israel? by Daniel Sokatch

Can We Talk About Israel: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted? is the story of that conflict, and of why so many people feel so strongly about it without actually understanding it very well at all. It is an attempt to grapple with a century-long struggle between two peoples that both perceive themselves as (and indeed are) victims. And it’s an attempt to explain why Israel (and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) inspires such extreme feelings-why it seems like Israel is the answer to “what is wrong with the world” for half the people in it, and “what is right with the world” for the other half.

The Israel Book Club will meet 3-4 times a year to discuss a non-fiction book relating to Israel in terms of history, culture, current events, and other topics in order to build a more nuanced and informed understanding for participants around issues concerning Israel. For more information or to RSVP for May 17, email Rabbi Daniel Plotkin at rabbiplotkin@templeisaiah.org.


June 14, 7pm — Modern Land: Startup Nation with Ortal Zinger

Learn about some of the many scientific innovations and inventions in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and more, that have come out of Israel. Register for this and any of the other events with Ortal HERE.


June 28, 7pm — Women in Israel with Ortal Zinger

Join us for an evening of learning about the roles, contributions, and challenges of Israeli women. Register for this and any of the other events with Ortal HERE.