ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS
There are many ways you can support and express solidarity with Israel and take action.
Know the Facts
Stay informed. Educate yourself on the issues. Read the news. Local news sources include the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and the Baltimore Jewish Times. But also go beyond local news coverage. Learn directly from Israel. Visit Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, YNet News or Globes. For more news links, click here.
Spread the Word
Communicate the key messages to others. Send a letter to the editor. Call in to a local radio show. Click here for talking points and updated information to be used in conversation, or even radio call-ins.
Help plan and attend Israel educational forums in synagogues, JCCs, universities, and other venues across the Greater Baltimore area.
Watch for Action Alerts from BJC’s Israel Action Center to know when to contact your local, county, state and federal elected officials. It is important to keep an appropriate balance between letters urging action, letters expressing disappointment, and whenever you contact your legislators, always make sure to follow-up their action on our behalf with a thank you. Even if you know your representative is a strong supporter of Israel, saying “thank you” and urging ongoing support is important. We cannot take their support for granted. Click here to find your local legislators.
Monitor and respond to the media, in writing or to radio shows. You can monitor the media witht he help of anti-bias organizations such as CAMERA – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and MEMRI – Middle East Research Institute.
Invest in Israel
Invest in Israel and Israeli companies. Contact the Maryland Israel Development Center to find more ways to invest in the economic relationship between Maryland and Israel. We also encourage you to consider investing in Peace. Invest in Peace is a coalition of people who support the self-determination of Palestinians and Israelis and are dedicated to championing efforts on the ground that move these societies towards a shared future of coexistence and prosperity.
Get Others Involved
Involve your parents, children and grandchildren in all of these endeavors. This may be the most important action all of us can take for ourselves, for our future and for Israel. to contact the Find ways to educate your kids about Israel through the Center for Jewish Education or The Israeli Embassy.
GO TO ISRAEL
The best was to stay connected with Israel is to spend time there. There are many ways to travel to Israel from Greater Baltimore and beyond. It all starts with the Baltimore-Ashkelon Sister City partnership. Click here for more information.