Welcome to Birkat Shalom

About us
Birkat Shalom

Birkat Shalom, a member of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, is a regional community serving central Israel. We are committed to deepening liberal Jewish values for our members by offering Jewish holiday and Shabbat celebrations, study and social action opportunities, and by sustaining a caring community.

Birkat Shalom promotes religious freedom, tolerance and pluralism. We provide an inclusive and inviting Jewish community for Israeli Jews who are looking for a meaningful, egalitarian setting to celebrate Jewish life, ritual and tradition.

About Us

Birkat Shalom is located at Kibbutz Gezer, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv near the Biblical site of Tel Gezer.
We are growing and reaching thousands of people in our region, building new partnerships. Nearly 4,000 people joined us in 2018 for lifecycle events, holiday celebrations and other activities.
Our spiritual leader is Rabbi Steve Burnstein, who has played an active role in the community since making Aliyah in 1997. Rabbi Burnstein succeeded Rabbi Miri Gold,
who served the community for 20 years.

House of Worship

Music is central to our worship and holiday celebrations. We engage our members - and families of all ages - through innovative programming. Our annual events include a Birthday Party for the World on Rosh HaShanah, kite flying for Tashlich, a Tu B’Shvat seder, family friendly Purim Megillah reading, and tractor dance with Kibbutz Gezer on Shavuot.  
One of the highlights each year is our Simchat Torah extravaganza with hundreds of participants in our outdoor sanctuary. We host guests including students from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute for Religion, the URJ Heller High, monks and nuns from the Bnai Osher Beatitudes Community at Emmaus, and young adults with special needs from Beit Eden in Ramle. Everyone is invited to dance with the Torah scroll.

Child & Family Programming

Birkat Shalom works closely with the Education Center of Kibbutz Gezer. We offer monthly programming with the Rabbi in the synagogue for students in the early childhood program. For elementary age students and their families, we hold a monthly “young chefs” activity exploring seasonal foods.
Social Justice and Interfaith Dialogue
We are proud of our ongoing engagement in a variety of meaningful Social Justice projects. For many years we have partnered with groups and organizations working with new immigrants to Israel from South America, the Former Soviet Union, and elsewhere. We offer a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat program for adults with special needs at Beit Eden in Ramle. We are working closely with the Social Justice committee of Kibbutz Gezer to provide support for 2 single mother asylum seekers and providing support for children in distress. Through this valuable work, we become an extended family.
We also have an amazing partnership with the monks and nuns from the Bnai Osher Beatitudes Community at Emmaus. We join together throughout the year to build bridges of understanding and appreciation, celebrating our holidays together.
Nearly 3,000 people joined us at Birkat Shalom for 50+ Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations in 2018 - a new record! We reach out to schools and families in our area to offer meaningful, egalitarian lifecycle events. It’s impossible to describe the joy of a great-grandmother reading from the Torah scroll and reciting the Torah blessings for the first time at her great-grandson’s Bar Mitzvah.
Thank You for Your Support

We wish to thank you for your support, which enables Birkat Shalom to grow from strength to strength. Your gift allows us to share the beauty, joy and meaning of Reform Judaism with so many in Israel. We ask for your ongoing support so we can continue our programming and efforts to reach even more people in the future. Stand with us as we bring liberal Jewish values to Israeli society

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Donation
  • Kibbutz Gezer, Israel
  • Kibbutz Gezer D.N. Shimshon