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A-Team Israel Advocacy

Israel Advocacy

The A-Team is CBI’s Advocacy for Israel committee. Our goals include providing educational programs, forums for discussion, and knowledgeable speakers on current and critical issues dealing with Israel. Committee members disseminate time-sensitive information – you are encouraged to add your name to the list to receive these emails. The A-Team publishes information in the Spiel and the Review, and posts information on the shul hallway bulletin board. We keep you informed of community events in the Tampa Bay area, including but not limited to: AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Hadassah, Israel Bonds, JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), JNF (Jewish National Fund), and more. We welcome you to join us!

Contact Eric Pastman for more information:

Happy Hanukkah from the A-Team.

Each night of Hanukkah the A-Team will post a new video for your enjoyment. Keep coming back so you don't miss any.

The 6th night of Hanukkah falls on Shabbat. To give everyone a chance to hear tonight's songs, they are being posted early. Enjoy the Ladino classic Ocho Kandelikas from the Ridgewood (NJ) High School Vocal Ensemble and the MusicTalks ensemble.

The PS22 Chorus in NYC has put out some amazing music videos. Here are two Hanukkah songs by them (Mi Yimalel and Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov).

We have a treat for all of the classic rock fans out there for the 4th night of Hanukkah, even though the first verse asks "Is this the eighth night." A Bohemian Hanukkah from Six13.

For the 3rd night of Hanukkah we have an animated medley of Hanukkah songs by a Brazilian singer Micha Gamerman. It begins with the blessing over the candles and later travels through time to our ancient Temple and back home again.

There are so many Hanukkah songs that it is not possible to share them all in an 8 day festival. So for the 2nd night we have a mash up from the Key Tov Orchestra.

The song for the first night is from the Maccabeats. It tells the story of Hanukkah in a song.

Breaking News on Israeli Technology Developments (updated 12/2/21):

Imagine if there was a new X-Ray technology that was cheaper, provided higher resolution and produced less radiation. Meet Nanox.ARC from Israel.

Breaking Omicron news out of Israel. The vaccines work again this variant as long as you've been vaccinated within the last 6 months. See more detail here.

As the world tries to move towards green energy by replacing one polluting technology (oil) with another (lithium), Israeli company Nostromo Energy has a solution that uses water to store energy.

To view older articles, please visit the A-Team Archive

For more information on new Israeli technology developments visit ISRAEL21c

The A-Team requests that you support the extradition of Ahlam Tamimi to face justice in the United States for the Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001.

Israeli Innovations Presentations

If you missed any of the Israeli Innovation presentations. You can download the presentation by clicking the links below. The presentations are built using Apple's Keynote application and will require a compatible application to access the material.

Israeli Innovations - Agricultural - Presented Oct. 5, 2021

Israeli Innovations - Environmental - Presented Oct. 19, 2021

Israeli Innovations - Medical - Presented Nov. 2, 2021

Israeli Innovations - Consumer/Cultural - Presented Nov. 16, 2021

Please click the links for Educational Webinars and videos from  StandWithUs, EMETOpenDor Media and JNF during our social distancing.

For accurate news on Israel and the Jewish world visit Honest Reporting or Camera

Support the Conservative movement in Israel at MERCAZ USA

For information on AIPAC's Annual Policy Conference

If you're thinking of visiting Israel, check out the Ministry of Tourism. Or if you'd like to visit Israel virtually, The Atlanta Israel Coalition has posted their virutal tours on Israel on YouTube. They are excellent!!!


For over ten years, CBI and JNF have partnered in planting trees and supporting projects throughout Israel. This partnership allows CBI to earn commissions on donations that, in turn, are used to support Israel Advocacy programs. For example, CBI has provided assistance to our high school and college students to study in Israel.

Please continue purchasing trees and donating to projects that directly affect the well-being of people in Israel. For support opportunities, a great summary of JNF’s action areas is found at: In summary, these project areas are:

Community Building

  • Go North
  • Blueprint Negev
  • Housing Development Fund
  • Investing in Olim
  • Project Baseball
  • Social Impact & Activism

Forestry & Green Innovation

  • Forestry Development: Planting & Maintenance
  • Protecting our Homeland: Fire & Rescue Services
  • Harvey Hertz-JNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center

Disabilities & Special Needs

  • State-of-the-Art Rehabilitative Services
  • Special Needs & the IDF
  • Making Israel Accessible
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Heritage Site Preservation

  • Ammunition Hill
  • Atlit “Illegal” Immigration Detention Camp
  • Ayalon Institute: The Secret Bullet Factory
  • Gush Etzion Visitor Center
  • 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem
  • HaReut Museum
  • Tel Hai Museum
  • Women of Valor Center, Nitzanim
  • Yad Mordechai Museum, Kibbutz
  • Yellin House

Research & Development

  • Arava R&D Center
  • Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
  • Joint Institute for Global Food, Water & Energy Security

Water Solutions

  • Reservoirs
  • Water Drillings
  • Recycling
  • River Rehabilitation
  • Research & Development
  • Education

Education & Advocacy

  • Community Engagement
  • High School Engagement
  • Campus Engagement
  • Resources for Educators


For a short presentation of JNF’s current work, please click on “JNF in Israel 2021-2022.”

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782