Conversation Inspired by the Film “The Attack”

Thank you to Ben-Zion Friedman for sharing this summary and issues raised in the discussion at Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s 65 + Connection Group’s recent viewing of the film “The Attack.”   Spoiler Alert… “The  Attack ” tells the fictional story of the heartbreak of an Israeli-Arab  doctor, Amin. The movie is...

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Supporting the Bedouins in Israel

Last month, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center, circulated the important letter below, supporting the rights of Bedouins in Israel.  This week, Haaretz included this update. Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism whose nearly 900 congregations encompass more than...

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Progressive Jewish Values on Israel Independence Day

In celebration of Yom Ha-atzme-ut, Israel’s Independence Day, on Monday (4/15/13) Reform Congregation Kehillat Yozma, in Modi’in, Israel will provide a live broadcast of their Havdalah ceremony to conclude Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) and begin Yom HaAtzmaut, led by Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon of Kehillat Yozma in Hebrew and English, prayers...

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RS Teens in Israel Now!

We are so proud of our teenagers who are traveling in Israel right now and we are grateful to Rabbi Eli Freedman and Laurel Klein for leading the trip!  Keep up with their adventures: rsisraeltrip.wordpress.com

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What Does It Mean to Be a Zionist?

Join Summer Rabbinic Intern Josh Franklin at Lunch and Learn this week, to discuss: What Does It Mean to Be a Zionist?  Review and continue last week’s discussion:  Zionism, the move toward a physical return of the Jewish people to a homeland, has resonated in the Jewish mind for thousands of years....

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A Profound Moment in Israel

by Deborah Gordon Klehr, presented at Shabbat Services, July 29 I have long felt a deep connection to Israel. Although I had been there on family trips several times already, it was my trip in 1994, when I studied in Israel on a high school program that was especially meaningful....

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Daniel Gordis’ Remarks to J Street Leadership

On May 3rd, Daniel Gordis addressed the “J-Street Leadership Mission to Israel and Palestine.” His remarks that day are the basis for this May 27, 2011 The Jerusalem Post column, “In the Tent, or Out: That is Still the J-Street Question.”   Good morning and welcome to Jerusalem. It’s a pleasure...

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J Street’s Rachel Lerner’s Remarks at RS 6/2/11

Rachel Lerner’s Remarks: These have been some very eventful weeks when it comes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the future of a peace agreement and the U.S.-Israel relationship.  I’d like to talk a bit about J Street – who we are, what we do and why we do it, and...

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