Working for Intergroup Understanding in Israel

Some of you know the Zionist voice of Galilee Foundation for Value Education director, Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, because he writes a wonderful weekly “Galilee Diary” on the Union for Reform Judaism’s daily 10 Minutes of Torah.  You can learn more about the Galilee Foundation for Value Education and their intergroup understanding peace work in...

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Israel Conversations: Reflect on the Discussion and Add Your Voice Here

This past Friday at “Israel Conversations,”  each table at Shabbat dinner engaged with a leader about a different Israel-related topic.  Reflect on the discussion and, whether or not you attended, engage in the conversation here.  Comment on your general perspectives about Israel or go to one of the following links for material...

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Israel Conversations: A Two-State Solution

At this past Friday’s Israel Conversations, Nurit Shein discussed a Two-State Solution.  Nurit poses this question for our comments: “Right now the Arab world is preoccupied with overthrowing autocratic regimes and giving voice to democracy. But once the Arab world gains its freedom, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will definitely be the...

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Israel Conversations: Reflect on the Discussion and Add Your Voice Here

This past Friday at “Israel Conversations,”  each table at Shabbat dinner engaged with a leader about a different Israel-related topic.  Reflect on the discussion and, whether or not you attended, engage in the conversation here.  Comment on your general perspectives about Israel or go to one of the following links for material...

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Israel Conversations: The Declaration of Independence

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, I sat at one of the tables and studied the text of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.  We were focused on it’s emphasis on Jewish history, it’s dedication to the dignity of other people’s, and the name it chooses when referring to God: Rock of Israel. ...

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Israel Conversations: Reform Judaism and Pluralism in Israel

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, Marji Rosenbluth Philips discussed Reform Judaism and Pluralism in Israel, and referenced the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).  The conversation focused on the historic development of the separation of civil and political institutions in Israel that resulted in the orthodox rabbinate having control over civil...

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Israel Conversations: Zionism Then and Now

At Israel Conversations last Shabbat, Rabbi Howard Bogot lead the discussion, “Zionism Then and Now.”  The group discussed many different definitions of Zionism and found the following statements most resonated with their own feelings.  Have a look and then comment or share your own statement about Zionism.

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Dangerous Conversion Bill and Attack on Religious Pluralism in Israel

Separation of Church and State in Israel has never been achieved, and more than ever before, religious pluralism is under attack.    CONVERSION BILL: Leaders of the Reform Movement have been rigorously lobbying in Israel, to stop proposed legislation to turn all Jewish conversion authority over to the Chief Rabbinate (orthodox) in Israel.  This...

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Presbyterian Church and Jewish Community Dialogue on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

JStreet V.P. Rachel Lerner’s remarks to Presbyterian Church video. JTA article “Facing Confrontation on Israel: Presbyterian Church Manages a Compromise.” Last week, the Presbyterian Church’s leadership met at their 2010 Assembly.  The Church’s Middle East Study Committee report raised serious concerns in the Jewish community.  The problem with the report was...

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