The Progressive Israel Committee focuses its interest on programs and projects which will help to expand pluralism within Israeli society. The committee looks for areas where it can help expand the progressive agenda in Israel and make TBE congregants aware of ways in which we can work to improve conditions, thereby enabling all voices to be heard. We look to educate our TBE members on current issues in Israel, such as gender equality; gay rights; inequitable government allocations for schools, synagogues and other public services; peace efforts, etc., and suggest actions based on our liberal Jewish values.
"Israeli Politics and their Impact on Religious Freedom" with Rabbi Uri Regev
Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am
Israel's identity as a "Jewish and Democratic State" has been the basis of numerous political debates, scholarly analysis, public discourse, legal disputes and much more. The debates often focused on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We will focus on a no less critical aspect of this equation, the conflict of religion and state and the challenges of religious freedom and equality. They impact on almost all facets of Israeli life, from security to the economy, from “Who is a Jew” to marriage equality, from gender issues to education, from civil liberties to Israel-Diaspora relations, from Shabbat to Kashrut, etc. etc. One cannot exaggerate the critical importance of these core questions of Israel's identity in the shaping of its future and well being.
The elections in Israel in March brought about a narrow coalition government that depends on the Haredi parties. What is the impact of Israeli politics [both in the Coalition and the opposition] on the battle for religious freedom for Jews in Israel?
This event is co-sponsored by ICEP and the Progressive Israel Committee.
ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) is “TAKING BACK THE Z”: An unapologetic love for Israel, the land, the people and the State, is at the core of our beliefs. Modern Zionism encompasses our values of democracy, pluralism, and equality. That love of Israel demands honesty and a commitment to the continuation of building a morally exceptional society in the Jewish state. This is not a new concept. But today’s challenges demand nuanced action and strong leadership. ARZA provides the vehicle, the voice, the Movement.
Given ARZA’s love for the people of Israel, the organization has most recently been engaged in two pressing matters: Collecting funds to help those touched by the terrible fires that ravaged many areas in Israel. And, on another front, ARZA has joined with its friends and colleagues in the Conservative Movement to speak out against the hatred expressed by those who desecrated the Kehilat Ra'anan Reform synagogue in Ra'anana.